By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support local journalism.
Charles Haskell Hack Sain, 90
Placeholder Image

Charles Haskell “Hack” Sain, affectionately known as Papa to his grandchildren, died June 27.
He was a man of practical intelligence, who always had a plan, never met a stranger, loved broadly, gave frequently and generously, and thoroughly enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had four primary life passions – his family, his church, his profession, and his community.
He was born in New Market, Ala., on Jan. 20, 1923. He was the eldest of eight children born to Clayta and Oris Sain. He grew up on the family farm near McMinnville and graduated from Grundy County High School.
Hack was married to Marie Myers Sain on Aug. 8, 1942. He attended Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate before joining the U.S. Army and being stationed in Camp Blanding, Fla. He served there for 14 months with the Infantry Training Replacement Training Center where he trained and supervised men in construction and demolition techniques.
Hack was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Marie Myers Sain; his parents; and his siblings, Marqueritte, James Murray and Joe.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Weil Sain; sister, Marie Moss; and brothers, Bobby, Howard and William Sain. He is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Linda Sain; his daughter, Betsy Stockdale; and his daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Clayton Hays. Also surviving are step-children, Kimberly Stewart and Tori Thompson and Greg and Ashley Stewart; numerous grandchildren, Jason, Jeremy and Derek Sain, Brad and Lisa Stockdale, and David, Abby and Mary Kate Hays; step-grandchild, Wyatt Stewart; and nine great-granddaughters.
He was a lifelong member of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church where he served on the board of deacons and as a Sunday school teacher. He also served as the past president of the board of directors of the Alabama Retirement Centers.
He was a renowned engineer. He graduated with highest honors as a Florida Gator with a B.S. in civil engineering in 1949, and was a registered professional engineer who performed work in 39 states on thousands of projects. He authored a chapter on “Earthwork” in The Standard Handbook for Civil Engineering. He founded Sain Associates, an award-winning professional practice that focuses on civil engineering and surveying. His crowning professional achievements were his 2006 induction in the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame and 2008 induction into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame. He is one of only two professionals to be inducted into both.
Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 5, 2013