Brantley Funeral Home

6875 Cockrum Street, Olive Branch, MS


Charles Daniel Adair

April 11, 1971July 24, 2020

Charles passed away peacefully with his family at his side on the evening of Friday, July 24, 2020 after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer.

First and foremost, Charles loved his family and friends. One of Charles’ gifts was the ability to make everyone feel like they were the most special person to him, like they were his favorite - and we all were. Charles’ passion, his life, was art. He expressed himself through paint, pottery, charcoal and nearly every media available. Charles could repurpose anything and turn it into something beautiful. This passion eventually became his life’s work. Charles discovered his true calling many years ago as an instructor for a summer art camp in New York State. He went on to become an AP art teacher at Wooddale High School, and then at Whitehaven High School. Charles dedicated the past 14 years to teaching thousands of young people, helping them discover and cultivate their talents. To many, he was their mentor. Though he never had children of his own, those he taught were HIS children, and he loved them dearly. Charles was also a gardener, raising the most beautiful flowers and vegetables. Art and nature came together in his backyard, the classroom, and in school gardens. Charles didn’t just sow the tangible; he planted seeds of love and kindness along all the paths of his life. Like his art and his gardens, he showed us that investing in whom and what you love will always produce incredible results.

Charles is preceded in death by his grandparents: Lindy and Anna Marie Smith and Hubert and Eva Adair. He is survived by his parents: Linda Self and Dan Adair (Delia); two brothers, Andy Adair (Michelle); Levon Self (Amira); a sister Sarah Brewer (Adam); nephews, Carson and Isaac; nieces, Lilley Grace and Nora, aunt Laura Grisham (David); uncle James Smith; cousins Rebecca Jaffe (Joseph, son Gabe), Grant Grisham, Phillip Smith (Caroline, children Hailey & Jase) and a host of other extended family and dear friends. He leaves behind a piece of his heart in his beloved dog, Hopper. He also leaves a wonderful legacy in all of his many students from Wooddale and Whitehaven High School, of whom he was very proud.

The family will gather to receive friends on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Christ the King Catholic Church, 785 Church Road West, Southaven, MS 38671, and again on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Funeral mass will be said Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 2:00 PM, 785 Church Road West, Southaven, MS 38671. Interment services will follow at Calvary Cemetery, 1663 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38106.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.brantleyfuneral.com for the Adair family.


  • Lindy and Anna Marie Smith, Grandparents (deceased)
  • Hubert and Eva Adair, Grandparents (deceased)
  • Linda Self, Mother
  • Dan Adair (Delia), Father
  • Andy Adair (Michelle), Brother
  • Levon Self (Amira), Brother
  • Sarah Brewer (Adam), Sister
  • Carson, Nephew
  • Isaac, Nephew
  • Lilley Grace, Niece
  • Nora, Niece
  • Laura Grisham (David), Aunt
  • James Smith, Uncle
  • Rebecca Jaffe (Joseph, son Gabe), Cousin
  • Grant Grisham, Cousin
  • Phillip Smith (Caroline, children Hailey & Jase), Cousin
  • He leaves a host of other extended family and dear friends.

    He also leaves behind a piece of his heart in his beloved dog, Hopper.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, July 30, 2020


Charles Daniel Adair

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Demetris Cash

August 1, 2020

Mr Adair

It's unreal how u put such a positive influence on so many lives.. You had an amazing gift to bring the best out of all of your students..You saw a talent in me that I honestly didn't know I had. But even more amazing then that u showed me that there is Art in everything you do in life . With that being said Art isn't done in a day nor can it be rush.....you can apply art to anything and excel at it...I still take all the lessons u taught me and use it to this day thank you so much for everything. People like you are rare and I pray I can became at least half the man you are.

Alexus Herrod

July 30, 2020

You would never think an art teacher could impact your life as much as this man did. You will forever be missed Mr.Adair . Rest in Art

Wayne Hawkins

July 30, 2020

My GOD bless this family in time of loss of love one. Gone from our sight but never from our hearts..

Evelyn Brown

July 29, 2020

Mr. Adair,

I can’t express enough how you have touched so many hearts in your lifetime. You were my art teacher when I attended Wooddale High school. You saw my potential in my art and you helped me express it in school. I continue to paint and draw and create! And I just want to thank you for not giving up on the youth in Memphis!

Vicki Clay

July 28, 2020

Mr. Adair,
Your smile, sweet spirit, and your good morning Ms. Clay have a great day will truly be missed. Your talent and artistic skills you taught me will forever be cherished. I love you and you will forever be in my heart.
Rest in Heaven My Friend,
Vicki L. Clay

Darral Simmons

July 28, 2020

You and I had a interesting friendship in the beginning; this led to mutual respect. A almost silent understanding of each others' thought process.
It was awesome to see you soo happy when you shared photos of you working with your students. You cared, you got the fact that anyone could express themselves through art. You gave so many kids a voice that they otherwise would never have had.
God Speed.
See you on the other side.

Jennifer Richardson

July 27, 2020

I was a student of Mr. Adair at Wooddale High and he was always so inspiring and uplifting to all of his students. He never let anyone enter into his class with anger. He always asked everyone to respect one another and most importantly...... respect the Art. I couldn't draw to save my life but he encouraged me on to at least keep trying. He also introduced all of his students to Amy Winehouse and a few other great artists to provide an artistic vibe out of this world lol! Rest well Mr. Adair we will always carry your memories and lessons with us.

Jacqueline Gonzalez

July 27, 2020

Hello. My name is Jacqueline Gonzalez and I am a former student of Mr. Adair.
I met Mr.Adair when I was a student at Wooddale High School. I took his 1st period Art 1 class and that’s when my love for art began. From the beginning I knew I was going to love him and and his class. I remember going up to the second floor and hearing his heavy metal rock music. Everyday I heard the music, I knew it was going to be a good day.
I’m no artist but I learned so much in his class besides art. I never liked how I drew but Mr. Adair always made sure I was confident about my work. I learned that everyone has a different way of expressing themselves through art.
One of my favorite memories is when we had a “chill day”. In this day we watched The Polar Express and Mr.Adair made some really good popcorn. He told me his special seasoning (which I now I use on my popcorn). He also taught me a cool way to make sure that the Kool-aid has enough sugar. So now when I do make Kool-aid, I make sure to make it with hot water and add ice or let it cool.
Overall, Mr. Adair was an inspiring person. I would’ve never continued to selecting my elective as art. For the rest of my high school years I continued learning about different techniques used in art. I now love going to museums and learning about different artist and art pieces.
I will forever be great duo to have met Mr. Charles Adair.
My deep condolences go to you and your family.

Kelli Kirkland

July 27, 2020

I've only known Charles for about 5 years but let me tell you that he was such a sweet and kind man. Always had a smile even on his tough days. Always laughing and talking about football. I'll miss seeing you my friend. Praying for comfort and faith for all!

Sandra Askew

July 26, 2020

A good man steps are ordered by the Lord! I met a good man named, Charles Adair, at Whitehaven High in 2015. The daily hellos and hugs will be missed. One of the greatest artists I've ever met. Mr. Adair your life and testimony has really made an impact and lasting expression in my life. Rest well my friend, remember you can't crown Him (Jesus) until I get there!
Love Mrs. Sandra Askew, Whitehaven DECA