David Alan Fain, 91, of Hendersonville, N.C., passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024, after a brief illness. A dedicated husband, father and grandfather, he will be remembered for his ability to fix just about anything, his affinity for classic cars and cross-country road trips, and his offbeat sense of humor that kept family and friends laughing — or, at least, shaking their heads. Born and raised in Henderson County, he was the youngest son of the late Luther P. Fain, Sr. and Myrtle Rollins Fain. He graduated from Flat Rock High School in 1952 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy that same year. He earned a National Defense Service Medal for his service in the Korean War, working as an Engineman 2nd class during many minesweeping operations around Korea and Japan.
While home on shore leave after Navy boot camp, David met the love of his life and favorite travel partner, JoAnn, at Brock’s Drive-In. They were married in 1954 and moved to the West Coast to start their family while he was stationed in Long Beach, CA. After an honorable discharge in 1956, they returned home to Hendersonville. His Navy experience not only ingrained a deep love for his country but also provided a strong skill set for providing for his family. His experience working with engines, boilers, and other machinery expanded over the years to include HVAC, welding, electrical systems, and much more. At work and at home, he was a devoted problem-solver and die-hard DIYer who taught his children and grandchildren that everything is figure-out-able with enough determination and ingenuity. He retired from Westinghouse Electric Corporation as a maintenance mechanic. Never one to sit still, he stayed active through a variety of auto restoration projects, community service activities, and travel.
A longtime member of the Corvair Society of America (CORSA), he spent countless hours restoring and cruising around in these classic Chevrolet cars and trucks. He and his wife also enjoyed longtime membership in the GMC Dixielanders Motorhome Club, where they met dear friends and racked up miles traversing the U.S. and Canada, including memorable roadtrips to Alaska, Colorado, the Outer Banks and Niagara Falls. He and his wife volunteered for many years with the Henderson County Relay for Life and various
veteran appreciation and memorial events, where he enjoyed showing appreciation to others for their service. In 2016, he received his own special recognition for military service, accepting an invitation to join the 500th Blue Ridge Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., escorted by his youngest daughter, to visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial. In 2023, he was the proud recipient of a beautiful quilt presented by the Blue Ridge Chapter Quilts of Valor.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his brothers, Luther P. “Pete” Fain, Jr., and Robert M. Fain; son-in-law Steven A. Caraker; and granddaughter Amy L. Caraker. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, JoAnn Stepp Fain; son David Michael Fain of Hendersonville, N.C.; daughter Diane Fain Worthen and husband Ken of Hendersonville, N.C.; daughter Donna Fain Caraker of Hendersonville, N.C.; four grandchildren, Christopher Fain and wife Jennifer of Spindale, N.C., David Johnson and wife Laura of Edneyville, N.C., Harmony Johnson and husband Brendan Murphy of Davidson, N.C., and Matthew Fain of Spartanburg, S.C.; 10 great-grandchildren; one nephew; and numerous cousins, extended family members and friends.
His family would like to extend special appreciation to Martha Todd, FNP, and the staff at The Laurels of Hendersonville for their care and support.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.