In Loving Memory

Lanette T. “Lennie” Cain, d. Sept. 28, 2018



In Loving Memory

September 28, 1943 – September 28, 2018



Spanish Fort, AL

Lanette Tippin “Lennie” Cain, 75 of Daphne, Alabama, passed away on September 28, 2018 at home in the presence of her loving family.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Spanish Fort United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be held from 1:30 – 3:00 pm at Spanish Fort United Methodist Church. A reception will be held immediately after the service in the fellowship hall. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hughes Funeral Home. Burial will be private.

Lennie was born in Laurens, South Carolina on September 28,1943. Growing up, she was an ‘army brat’ to Master Sergeant John A. Tippin and lived all around the world. Lennie graduated back in the states from Ayer High School in Ayer, Massachusetts. She attended Faulkner State Community College later in life to further her education. She was a life long learner. Lennie was married to John Candler Cain, Jr. on January 13, 1962; they were married 56 years.

Lennie enjoyed spending time with her family (especially her grandchildren), leading Emmaus Walks, taking long walks on the beach and collecting shells.

She was actively involved in The Walk to Emmaus Community and ministering to youth groups. She led a youth group on a mission trip to the Appalachian Region while she and her husband were members of Fairhope United Methodist Church. Lennie also worked as an executive secretary for a number of years. In 1993-1997, she was the Administrative Assistant to the President of Good News Magazine, while her husband, Candler, was attaining his MDiv at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Lennie is survived by her spouse, John Candler Cain, Jr., her children, John Candler Cain, III (Mary) of Prattville, Alabama, Jeffrey Tippin Cain of Daphne, Alabama, and Laura Cain Bishop (Jody) of Fairhope, Alabama. Her grandchildren are Lillian Bray, Sarah Bray, Jessica Higgins, Jill Higgins (deceased), Jerry Higgins, Kaylee Bishop, and Matthew Bishop. Her great grandchild is Emily Higgins. Lennie is also survived by many nieces and nephews and other family and friends.

Lennie is preceded in death by her mother, Mildred Francis Fowler Tippin, her father, John A. Tippin, and many of her aunts, uncles and cousins.

Lennie, also known as Mom, Nannie, Grandma, and G-Ma is well known for her sweet spirit and beautiful smile.

Lennie loved others with unconditional love and made everyone around her feel special.

Heaven has gained a beautiful “Princess”, “A Child of the King”.


  1. Bill Small

    I’m sorry to hear this news. I always loved Ms. Lennie. John, Spencer would hang out together playing music and she was one of our greatest cheerleaders. She will be greatly missed. I will lift up your family in my prayer time. Psalm 121

    • Margaret (and Joe) Bills

      Candler and family

      Betty Brewer relayed to us the disheartened news about Lennie of which leaves us broken and scarred as she was such a special part of our lives even after you left us!

      She will never leave our hearts and we look towards the day we see her anxiously waiting on us at us at the gate and our feasting together at God’s table that will surely follow!

      Godspeed to all of you during these darkest of dark hours as well as when the sun comes out again,

  2. Mary Delle Hudson

    You are in my prayers, and she is no longer in pain. I have so many great memories of both of you while at St. John. Also, you did my mothers funeral in 2005.

    With love and kindness,
    Mary Delle Hudson

  3. Dorothy Massey

    Candler. So sorry to hear about Lennie. I think about both of you often. I lost my husband 5 years ago and
    it’s just me and Becky here in Selma. You were so helpful to us when my sister died. Lennie was a beautiful lady.

    Love, Dorothy Massey

  4. Lowell Thomas

    Candler, so sorry to hear about Lennie.
    Our prayers are for you and your family
    in the coming days. Blessings.

  5. Marg Perelli

    I will wear my princess crown and celebrate Lennie’s homecoming at SHEW #40! When I needed kind words and a heavenly smile, God placed Lennie next to me at a Beth Moore study. Save me a seat Lennie, so we can share some more! Love and prayers for your precious Candler and family.

  6. Cyndi Clark

    You all are in our thoughts & prayers! Lennie was so special to all of us. God bless your family.
    Cyndi Clark, Dot Raley Horne, Shari Simmons

  7. Wendy Longmire

    Candler & Family:

    Miz Lennie, as I affectionatly called her, possessed a quiet, warm, sweet spirit. Shortly after I started attending Daphne United Methodist Church, one Sunday at the 8:30 a.m. worship service, there was an altar call. Miz Lennie walked down the aisle, smiled at me and extended her hand for me to accompany her to pray. Surprised by her kind gesture, my heart was deeply warmed. She had asked me a stranger to join her in prayer. She personified the Light of Christ. We became spiritual sisters that day and whenever I saw her she offered a smile and a hug.

    Be encouraged. Miz Lennie has finished the race she strived for and now heaven has gained a dear angel.

  8. Lila Marsh

    I have nothing but really great memories of Lennie. A true lady of faith. She had smiles when she didn’t feel like smiling. Her loving spirit set her apart from many of us. She loved you Candler and the rest of the family more than you will ever know. Rest in peace dear lady.

  9. Sonya Land-Howard

    Lennie was a beautiful lady of full of grace and love. I’ll always fondly remember her kind and compassionate heart and lovely smile.
    Fly high sweet lady.

  10. Margaret (and Joe) Bills, et al

    Candler, et al

    Betty Brewer relayed us the news of Lennie’s death (having to have come across it online) which in turn remains a missing piece of our hearts! Her bravery up in the pulpit that Sunday morning delivering her testimony is nothing that never will be forgotten

    My hope is that one day we will meet again in grand style and feast alongside each other at God’s table for eternity

    God’s peace strength and comfort to all of you during these dark dark hours as well as when the sun comes out again

    Our love and strength

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