Benjamin Nelson Cain, age 88, of Flemingsburg, Ky., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at his residence.
Ben was born on September 1, 1933, in Bath County, Ky. to the late Luther and Mary Carter Cain.
Ben lived a life of service. After graduating from Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., and Emory Seminary in Atlanta, Ga., he accepted his call to a life of ministry and was ordained as an Elder in the First United Methodist Church. Throughout his 45 years as a minister, Ben faithfully served 17 churches throughout eastern Kentucky. Ben not only preached the gospel of Christ, but he also lived it resulting in many, many people seeing and accepting the love of our heavenly father. Ben also went on 45 mission trips to Central America (sometimes taking his children), taking the gospel by both word and action. For 30 years, he was the coordinator for the Kentucky Conference Volunteers in Mission. He went on 28 missions trips out of the country and went on 20 mission trips within the state of Kentucky. After retiring from active ministry, Ben continued his life of service. He worked tirelessly for Habitat for Humanity, building houses for those in need and sharing the love of Christ. In his spare time, Ben was an avid gardener, a wicked croquet player, and a lover of jigsaw puzzles. Third, only to his love for Jesus and his love for his wife, was his love for his family.
Ben is survived by his loving and devoted wife of almost 70 years, Mary Jo Rawlings Cain. He is also survived by his sons, Danny (Sue) Cain of Berea, Ky., Rick (Sharon) Cain of Hillsboro, Ky., Bobby (Karen) Cain of Kevil, Ky., Timmy (Deborah) Cain of Salyersville, Ky., and his daughter, Janet (Phil) Hogg of Georgetown, Ky. Ben was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his twin brother, Luther (Jeanie) Cain of Mortonsville, Ky., two brothers-in-law, James (Tera) Rawlings of Owingsville, Ky., Larry (Marty) Rawlings of Port Ritchie, Fla., and a sister-in-law, Sue (Doug) Beck of Owingsville, Ky.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Terry Michael Cain; his two grandchildren; his great-granddaughter; and his three sisters.
A service in memory of Ben will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the Flemingsburg First United Methodist Church in Flemingsburg, Ky.
Ben will be laid to rest at noon, Monday, March 28, 2022, in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Frankfort, Ky.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m., until the hour of service at 1 p.m., Saturday, at the church located at 117 West Main Street, Flemingsburg, Kentucky 41041.
If you would like to honor Ben, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Hope, (909 Kenton Station Dr., Maysville KY 41056) and/or to the Flemingsburg First United Methodist Church.
Boone-Nickell Funeral Home is caring for Ben and his family.
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