H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA


Barbara Adair

June 6, 1936March 12, 2020

Barbara Martin Adair was born in Borger, Texas, on June 6, 1936. Her parents were Vernon and Mattie Martin, who lived in several places in Texas. Barbara’s dad was a county agent and a 4-H sponsor. When Barbara was in high school, her family moved to Cooper, Texas. There, she met and married the love of her life, John Ed Adair, on June 15, 1956. Barbara attended Baylor University for two years before she married. But when John received his wings, they were off to the U.S. Air Force, where John served as a pilot for four years. John and Barbara moved to the Dallas area in 1960. There, they enjoyed a happy life and established many lifelong friends with their three children. Much of their lives revolved around their church. Barbara served as a church pianist or organist from the age of 10 and continued this at First Baptist Church Garland until their next move to Atlanta, Ga., in 1974. A lifelong and proud Texan, Barbara quickly fell in love with Georgia. She and her family found a wonderful church home at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. Their family flourished and grew. Barbara was a wonderful wife and mother, and she sacrificed and worked hard for her family. She taught piano lessons, as she had done for many years, and continued to play the organ at Brookhaven Baptist Church and Sandy Springs Christian Church. Barbara was active in the Peach State Depression Glass Club and loved collecting Depression Glass and elegant glassware. She eventually became an antique dealer and had a sharp eye for finding great deals at estate sales, garage sales and flea markets. At the age of 50, Barbara returned to higher education. She completed a degree in English and History at Oglethorpe University. Barbara and John loved to travel. They went on 30 cruises as well as several trips to Mexico, Europe, Egypt and the Holy Land. Barbara enjoyed her role as a grandmother. Her grandchildren knew her as Deedie, and she loved being with them and spoiling them. She sent them encouraging letters, gave great advice and loved taking them shopping. One of her greatest joys was being surrounded by her entire family on her and John’s 50th and 60th wedding anniversary parties on a Caribbean cruise and at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant. In 2001, Barbara and John joined Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. They discovered a whole new host of friends and became involved in many ministries of the church. Their church family has been a great source of encouragement and support. Barbara is survived by John, her faithful husband of 63 years; as well as her children Debbie Hightower, Julie Ashburn and John M. Adair and their spouses. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren and their spouses and a great-grandson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to global missions ministry at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Wright from the Heart ministry or the Chaplain Ministries at Campbell-Stone Christian Centers Inc.


  • Visitation Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 17, 2020


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Shelia Evans

March 21, 2020

Barb was very special to me. I always went to her for advice and she always made me feel better with her Christian and godly talks. When I moved far away in 2018, we talked on the phone and texted but I missed John and her a lot. My heart is broken but I know she is healthy and whole now. I think of her daily with my good memories. My sympathy to all her family. RIP Barb! I will see you again someday.

LaShaun Soles

March 16, 2020

To the Adair family, my heart goes out to the entire family for the loss of a wonderful, kind, thoughtful and inspirational person. She will always have a place in my heart. My Condolences, LaShaun

Mallory Cordes

March 14, 2020

To the whole Adair family, I am very sorry for your loss. I have never met Barbara and only spoke with her a few times. I have been playing a game called Trivia Crack with her for probably close to 4 or 5 years now. She told me all about you guys and seemed like a lovely person. I'm deeply saddened for your loss. Rest in peace my favorite competitor.