Ellen Anne Rampey Adair

August 19, 1940September 10, 2021

Ellen Adair was born August 19, 1940 in Anderson SC.

She was preceded in death by her parents Victor & Hazel Rampey.

She is survived by a brother Rev. Victor Rampey (Cindy) of Hendersonville, NC and a sister Rose Moody of Anderson, SC. Her husband: John Adair. Two children: Daughter Kim Adair and son Kirk Adair (Laura). Five grandchildren: Tyler Kimbrough (Mckenzie), Adair Kimbrough, Amanda & Andrew Adair (Twins) & Laura Ellen Adair.

Ellen finished girls’ high school in Anderson SC in 1957 and studied piano after high school classes at Anderson College.

She attended Bob Jones University obtaining a BS Degree in secondary education.

Ellen was a naturally gifted musician and pianist. She began playing the piano in childhood for a mission church in Anderson, SC. As an adult she taught piano students from 1962 until 2015. Later in her adult life she studied and became proficient as a harpist.

She married John Adair (also a BJU student) in 1962. John and Ellen moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where he became a Youth Pastor and Minister of Music at Scottsdale Baptist Church serving there for 18 years.

While at Scottsdale, Ellen was church pianist and, at times, organist. She was also a percussionist (tympani) in the church orchestra.

John and Ellen enjoyed a wonderful and successful Christian ministry in Arizona. John’s hobby during that time was fixing up old pianos.

In 1980 John moved his family to Columbia, South Carolina and enrolled in the School of Music at the University of SC obtaining a BA in Music in 1982. At the same time John and Ellen began their piano business which prospered in the following years as Adair Piano.

In 1980 the family became members of First Baptist Church of Columbia participating in the music ministry of the church. In 1993 Ellen became harpist for the orchestra and served as such until 2021.

Ellen also taught piano to adults who attended the International Ministry of the church.

She was active member and officer in several music teachers’ associations in the Columbia area.

She was an active participant in the Charlotte, North Carolina harp association and inspired a number of young musicians to pursue the harp. She became a certified music therapist with the Baptist Hospitals of Columbia. For over ten years she visited hospital rooms playing her smaller harp for the patients.

As a gifted harpist she played for weddings, funerals, and many special events including a performance at the Governor’s Mansion.

Ellen loved and served her family faithfully. Her goal was to be a godly person using her warm spirit and talent to bring glory to God. She possessed a magnetism, smile and love that drew people to her.

In that spirit, she will be remembered.

What a life….What a love…. What a person!

We thank God for her life…Oh that we could have such a testimony!

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Music Ministry of First Baptist Church of Columbia POB 1000 – Columbia, SC 29202.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Columbia, with burial in Bush River Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel.

Memories may be shared at


19 September

Funeral Service

2:00 pm

First Baptist Church of Columbia


1306 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29201


  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 18, 2021


Ellen Anne Rampey Adair

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Nina Brooks

September 18, 2021

Ellen was a favorite friend, and student of the harp. Her presence
was as a beautifully colorful flower addition to the room, and her
laughter was a lovely song. We won't forget her lovely music on
piano and on harp.

Olandra Nowell

September 16, 2021

I had the awesome pleasure of meeting Mrs. Adair and hear her play the piano with such grace and elegance. She would come with Mr. Adair to tune our pianos and she always wore a warm and sweet smile. May God bless Mr. Adair, the family and all who love her.

Olandra Nowell,
Zion Baptist Church🙏💖🌹

Jane Burrus

September 16, 2021

A wonderful, Christian woman. Very talented musician, piano and harp!
Praying for you, Kirk and family!🎵🎵🎶🎶🎹🎹

Tina McGready

September 15, 2021

John and family,
I’m so very sorry for your loss! Ellen was so beautiful inside and out and I don’t remember ever seeing her without a smile on her face. She was always kind and fun to be around and truly enjoyed sharing her music with others. She will be missed!

Loretta Stanley

September 15, 2021

I will miss her at first Baptist she was always so nice to me, when I first attend with Tim and Gale Eberhart she was the first to welcome me.

Tommy Geddings

September 15, 2021

Mr. Adair, We were saddened to hear of Mrs. Adair's passing but we know she is in a much better place. Everyone at Ravenwood Baptist is praying for you and your family, God bless you.

Dillard Trapp

September 15, 2021

The music from the harp she played was as beautiful as her smile. She will be truly missed but she leaves us such wonderful memories. Thank you mr Adair for sharing her with us.