Justin Russell Cain, a gifted musician and highly-regarded teacher, entered into his Heavenly home on December 17, 2015. He was 39 years old.
Visitation will be at New Hope Funeral Home on Saturday, December 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be at First Baptist Church of New Hope on Sunday, December 20, at 2 p.m. with burial following at Hayden Cemetery in New Hope.
Justin was born March 3, 1976, in Huntsville, Alabama. While a student at Southside High School in Southside, he played saxophone in the band. He also had earned a reputation for his talent and skill with the guitar, which he began playing at age 11. After graduating in 1994, Justin received a full music scholarship to Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden to play guitar and tenor saxophone for the GSCC Show Band. He also taught the college’s guitar instruction class.
Justin later moved to Charleston, South Carolina, and became a founding member of AzwethinkweiZ, one of the city’s most popular bands. They recorded two original albums, one of which was named Best Local Album by the Charleston City Readers Poll. Justin toured the east coast and opened for members of Blind Melon & Pearl Jam, Jimmy’s Chicken Shack, and Sean Lennon. In 2004, Justin recorded a solo album, Vehicle, which featured his unique perspectives on jazz, rock, funk, metal, and country.
While living in South Carolina, a mutual friend introduced Justin to Megan Mathis in August 1998. They began dating and were married in Charleston on November 5, 2005.
After several years working at The Urban Electric Company in Charleston during the day and performing on nights and weekends, Justin decided to return to school to pursue his love of music full time. He and Megan moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied at The Atlanta Institute of Music (AIM). Justin graduated with honors in 2012 with perfect attendance and received the AIM Achievement Merit Scholarship, a recognition chosen by the AIM staff and board of directors. He performed and taught at AIM regularly. He also officially endorsed Electroplex Amplifiers.
Justin was a respected guitar and piano teacher at Music Authority in Cumming, Georgia. He shared his passion for music with his students and enjoyed helping them become better musicians. His colleagues enjoyed his enthusiasm, sense of humor, and quick wit.
Justin was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Ralph Cain. Survivors include his wife Megan of Atlanta, Georgia; his mother Rhonda Cain of New Hope, Alabama; two brothers, Butler Cain of Amarillo, Texas, and Kipp Cain (Katie) of Owens Cross Roads, Alabama; one sister, Kendra Cain Harper (Patrick), and one niece, Hadley Harper, of Meridianville, Alabama; grandparents Billy and Archie Mae Butler of New Hope; and he was the son-in-law of Doyle and Cindy Mathis of Cleveland, South Carolina.
The family welcomes flowers or donations to your favorite charity.