Mr. Larry Jonathan “Jon/Johnny” O’Kain, 56, of Brentwood, TN, died Thursday, July 14 at Tri-Star Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.
He was born on July 25, 1965 in McMinnville to the late William Larry and Helen Kate Brown O’Kain and was baptized as a young man at Central Church of Christ. Also preceding him in death are maternal grandparents Winton and Marietta Brown Couch and paternal grandparents Bill and Lillian Harvey O’Kain. Survivors include his cousins Chris Gross, Jason (Kristine) Gross and Mike (Kathi) O’Kain, Aunt Judy Gross (Don) Gribble, Uncle Donald O’Kain and many friends he has. found along the highway of life.
Jon led an interesting life. He graduated from WCHS in 1983 where he played in the band and was known as the best trumpet player Warren County ever had. He graduated from MTSU in 1988 where he starred in the “Band of Blue” march. He graduated from North Texas University School of Music and received his Masters of Music in 1995 from Belmont University in Nashville. His musical accomplishments include touring with country band ‘Sawyer Brown’ for a few years, even going as far as Korea with them, was bandleader for Anita Bryant in Branson, Missouri, and worked with famed violinist Shoji. Tabuchi who is an emblematic figure of Branson. Jon also worked as a session musician in Nashville and played in famous Farm Aid concerts. He loved music all his life, was an avid baseball fan, especially the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays and went to their games when he could, and loved going to Florida where he enjoyed the view of the beach. Most recently, for the past two years, he attended Nashville Law School where he made several close friends and was planning his next phase of life.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 20 at 2 p.m. at the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Brother. Wayne Cantrell will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to McMinnville Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses. Online condolences can be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com
McMinnville Funeral Home is responsible for arrangements.
(McMinnville, TN) July 20, 2022