November 12, 1939 – September 4, 2020
Thomas Dwayne Adair passed away peacefully at his home on September 4, 2020 (NOT COVID). Tom was born in Clovis, Curry County, NM on 11/12/1939. He served in the US Navy from 1957-1964 during peaceful times as a flight engineer and overhaul specialist. He was stationed at Grand Prairie,TX, Millington,TN, Coronado, CA, and eventually overseas in Okinawa, Japan. During this time, he married the love of his life, Winnell Robards. They had 59 wonderful years together. They raised 3 terrific children (Thomas Jr, Steven, and Stephany.) While living in Dallas, TX, Tom began his career in the airline industry with Braniff as mechanic and a flight instructor. In 1969, Tom moved to Hurst to join American Airlines as ground instructor and ending his career as a 727- flight simulator instructor. He retired in November 1996 from American Airlines. He was also a home builder in Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake area for many years. Later in life he became a hobby rancher in Alvord, Texas.
Tom traveled extensively. He enjoyed visiting almost every state in United States as well as Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, and many countries in between. There wasn’t a historical marker he didn’t stop and read. He loved going to the mountains in Northern New Mexico. Stream fishing was one of his passions. He taught his children and grandchildren the art of trout fishing. Friday nights were reserved for dining with his Navy boot camp best friend Lee Rayl and his wife Bennie. He pushed his children to follow their dreams and attack life with a sense of humor. He taught his grandsons how to fix any and everything. Tom always said, “If man can build it, he could fix it.” His great granddaughters brought tremendous joy to his life. He loved every second he spent with them.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Winnell Robards Adair; children, Thomas Jr and wife Debra, Steven, Stephany and husband Kevin; siblings, Texalee Smith, Larry Adair, Glen Adair, Sheresa Lea, Kathy Wall; grandchildren, Austin Adair and husband Travis, Brent Bufe and wife Morgan, Chance Bufe and wife Kylee, Ashley Adair, Drake Adair, Sterling Adair and wife Kylie; great granddaughters, Raquel Adair, Anna Beth Bufe, Sutton Adair.
Preceded in death by father, Vernon Adair; mother, Frances Larry; brother, Dale Adair, and sister, Marilyn Kay.
Family will receive friends from 6 pm to 8 pm, Monday, September 7, 2020 at JE Foust and Son Funeral Home, 523 South Main Street, Grapevine, Texas 76051. Funeral Service at 10 am, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at JE Foust and Son Funeral Home. A private graveside service will take place at Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas.
Family to receive friends
Monday, September 7, 2020
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Larry and Linda Strickland
September 7, 2020
We met Tom and Winnell New Years Eve 2010. They welcomed us as next door neighbors with a hot pecan pie and three hours of Texas small talk. Tom wasn’t a “talker” but when he said something it was good as gold, no nonsense, based on a life well lived. Tom was a genuine as you get. He had that dry wit that caught you off guard. You never heard him boast although he had much to be proud of. Tom was the kind of friend that would help you with anything you needed, anytime. He certainly didn’t mind getting his hands dirty. We so loved Tom. He leaves behind a legacy that all of us would be proud to have. We will greatly miss him.
September 6, 2020
Can’t believe you’re gone. Watching them drape your body with the American flag and depart with you down the driveway was one of the hardest things I have ever watched. Finality hit me like a sack of bricks. Never again will I be able to call when I had a rotten day. What happens when I don’t know how to fix something and YouTube doesn’t help? Uncharted waters for me.
You didn’t raise a compliant child. Respectful yes, easy to control no. You taught me question everything. Some see that as being hardheaded. We knew it was thinking through all the possibilities. Remember that time I got in school suspension for repeating what you always told me to my math teacher? “It doesn’t matter what road you take as long as you get there.” A simple phrase that applies to all of life. Sometimes you need to take the scenic route rather than race to your destination. I loved reading the historic markers of road trips with you. You couldn’t pass one up. I annoy my passengers by making them stop and read them too. In the end, no one regrets the time spent reading them. You backed my horse addiction. You understood that I needed them in the pursuit happiness. They say it’s genetic. Maybe that’s why you got it. During the turbulent years between a mother and daughter you ran the perfect inference. You were in my corner. Helped me out the pieces back together when I fell apart.
We had some great moments. Teaching me to walk a log to cross a stream to get to the perfect fishing spot. Remember the time I decided to climb a cliff.? Well that almost didn’t end well. Praise the Lord you were able to pull me over the top. Rafting down the Rio Grande was memorable. Never forget you and Glen’s raft being wrapped around the rock. Snowmobiling back to the cabin with the Christmas when you and Steven disappeared in the snow. Couldn’t see you but could hear yalls laughter. My word count is up. Love you pops.
Jimmy and Jo Robards
September 6, 2020
Tom was a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed. We
want to send our condolences to his family and many friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Robards, 761 West Holly Trail, Holly Lake
September 5, 2020
I loved to tell Tom stories, if you could get him tickled, his laugh would light up the room. Many times we laughed until tears were running on both of us. He was a good man, father, and husband.