Mrs. Kemmie Lou Adair

April 9, 1922April 10, 2010

Kemmie Lou Wheeler Adair, age 88, was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on Saturday, the 10th of April 2010.

Kemmie was a native Houstonian born and raised in the east end of Houston on the 9th of April 1922 to John and Jimmie Lee Wheeler. She was among the first class to graduate from the newly built Stephen F. Austin High School. Kemmie married Paul N. “Red” Adair on the 3rd of December 1939, and together they had two children, James Paul and Robyn Lucille Adair.

During World War II, Kemmie sang as a member of The Adair Sisters on the radio in Houston, and as The Trio on military bases and in military hospitals around Texas. During her lifetime, Kemmie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, a loyal and supportive friend, mentor and confidant, an avid and able fisherman, and one-half of a very successful firefighting team with her famous husband, Red Adair.

Kemmie and her husband supported many charitable organizations especially those helping her children. Among them were the Leukemia Society of America, the Easter Seal Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Texas EquuSearch, the Special Olympics, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She was also a long supporter of the ministry of Billy Graham and of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse.

Kemmie was preceded in death by her mother, father, and three siblings, her husband of 64 years, the late Red Adair, her two children, the late Jimmy and Robyn, and her grandson, the late James Derek Adair. She is survived by her grandchildren, Sunny Leigh Dickson and Paul Wayne Hinson; great grandchildren, Derek Scott Adair, Emma Morgan Abel, and Kemily Adair Dickson; nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock in the afternoon until seven o’clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 13th of April, in the Parlor of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

The funeral service is to be conducted at ten o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 14th of April, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons.

The entombment will follow, via an escorted cortege, in the Abbey Mausoleum at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in memory of Mrs. Adair may be directed to the Bellville General Hospital Auxiliary, 44 N. Cummings, Bellville, TX, 77418; Bellville United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 188, Bellville, TX, 77418; Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 East Blue Bell Ro., Brenham, TX, 77833; the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund, P. O. Box 397, Houston, TX, 77001; or to the Depelchin Children’s Center, 4950 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX, 77007.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars. Joe Fazio


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 14, 2010
  • Visitation Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mrs. Kemmie Lou Adair

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May 19, 2010

As a young girl, I was best friends with Robyn, we sang in a quartette and dearly loved each other. The family treated me as a friend and always welcomed by visits. Wonderful memories of The Red Adair family and my life was richer having known them.
Patricia A. Newton,
Houston Texas

Mrs.Ruby Wilson

April 19, 2010

The Adair Family;
Sunny,I was very sorry to hear,mom had passed.Our condolences to you and your family.Long live the the
memories of the Adair family.Dad,mom,and Robin.We love you very much.

Ruby Wilson and family

Bobby Hunt

April 14, 2010

Sympathy to Sunny , I know she will miss her Grams. I have very fond memories of Kimmie and the trips to Bellville to her vegetable garden, she will be sorely missed

Sam and Ginger Ross

April 13, 2010

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Jenni Van Black Leiker

April 13, 2010

I remember her as a beautiful person in the fifties when I went to school at Henderson Elementary with Bobbie Lou. My older sister went to school with Jimmy. I had no idea both had passed too...I am very sorry for your loss but always remember, God's angels have their wings wrapped around you to comfort you.

Rae Lou Rutherford

April 13, 2010

Just like your favorite Desert, always saving the BEST bite for last. What a wonderful witty bunch, long live the memories.


April 13, 2010

My condolences to the ADAIR family.
D0 not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God. Philippians 4:6,7. may the hearer of prayer strengthen your family during this time of grief.

Becky Johnson

April 13, 2010

Sunny, we will all miss her terribly, but she is in such happy company now, and we will all see her again soon. God bless her sweet soul. We Love you, Don and Becky Johnson, Jordan, Kim, Ty and Corey

April 12, 2010

Kemmie was a dear person. She will be terribly missed by her family and friends. Jackie Painter (Round Rock, TX)

April 12, 2010

My condolences are with the family during this difficult time.
Although I had not seen Mrs. Adair in many, many years, I still have fond memories of her and the times when we visited her down at the bay house. Kemmie taught my brother and I how to catch crabs, we always had a great time visiting; fishing, swimming and crabbing. Wonderful childhood memories made possible by her kind hospitality..

Julie Hamilton - French