John Robert Adie

June 20, 1918August 2, 2013
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Colonel John Robert Adie (USA Ret.), 95, died August 2, 2013 in Williamsburg, VA. Col. Adie was born June 20, 1918 in Lowell, MA to John and Jessie Adie. He was the oldest of four sons. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and three brothers. He graduated from Keith Academy in Lowell, MA and received his B.S. in Production Management and Engineering from Boston University and a M.S. in Transportation from the University of Tennessee. John is survived by his wife of 59 years, Julia (Farnham) Adie; his daughter, Julie Adie of Norfolk, VA; his son, Jack Adie and daughter-in-law Linda MacArthur and three grandsons, Jackson, Dylan and Kyle Adie, of Fairfax, VA; and loving nieces and nephews. Col. Adie had a long career in the U.S. Army, serving over 32 years. He began his career in 1942 in the Enlisted Service and then was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Engineer Corps. Throughout World War II, he held various positions in the Engineer Corps, including Company Commander at the Engineer Training Center, Fort Belvoir, VA and in combat service as Engineer Battalion, Commander in Manila, Philippine Islands. After World War II, he joined the US Army Reserves while he completed his undergraduate degree. He then returned to active duty, spending the majority of his career in the Transportation Corps. Major assignments included combat service during the Korean War at Pusan; Commander, 71st Transportation Battalion at Fort Riley, KS and South Korea; Director, Aircraft Maintenance Training Department at the Army Transportation School, Fort Eustis, VA; Commander, 107th Transportation Brigade, Germany; and Director of the Army Aviation Research & Development Laboratory, Fort Eustis. While in the Transportation Corps, John attended the Transportation Officer’s Advanced Course (1953) and US Army Command & General Staff College (1959). At age 41, he attended all the Army’s flight training schools – fulfilling his long-time goal to fly. During his tenure in the US Army, he received many awards and honors, including the Legion of Merit (1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Commendation Medal; and the Senior Army Aviator Badge. He was a member of the American Helicopter Society; Army Aviation Association of America; and National Defense Transportation Association. After retiring from the Army, John worked for twelve years as a Manufacturer’s Representative for the Boeing Company in Hampton, VA. One of John’s proudest accomplishments was serving as one of three founders of the Transportation Corps Aviation Association in 1995. He was the group’s first president and remained as TCAA’s President Emeritus. In 2009, he became the first inductee into TCAA’s Hall of Fame. He also served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Army Transportation Museum Foundation. John was a member of the Crown Colony Club of Williamsburg and served as usher for many years at St. Bede’s Catholic Church. A viewing will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg, VA on Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A funeral Mass at St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Williamsburg will be conducted on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm, followed by a reception at Patriots Colony at Williamsburg at 2:00 pm. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. His family would be honored if memorial contributions would be made to the Army Transportation Museum Foundation, Fort Eustis, VA.


  • Viewing Thursday, August 8, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, August 9, 2013
  • Reception Friday, August 9, 2013

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September 2, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Revelations 3 : 3,4 helped me threw a difficult time.


August 21, 2013

Sorry to hear about your loss. May God be a comfort to you during this difficult time. 2 Cor. 1:3-5

Grace&John Gardner

August 17, 2013

Mrs Adie, we are real sorry to hear of the loss of Col Adie, please accept our sincere condolences and may you realize some comfort in knowing that he is surely in a better place now.
Grace & John Gardner

Katie Carter Lemon

August 9, 2013

What wonderful memories I have of Col and Mrs. Adie. I was blessed to have met them through my parents--Bill and Carol Carter--and they were always the nicest people you could imagine.

John Campbell

August 8, 2013

Hello Julia
My name is John Campbell and I am a descendant of Archibald Campbell, your grandma Jessie's eldest brother and the only one of her siblings to move to Canada. Your cousin in MA was kind enough to forward this notice to me. Please accept my condolences for your loss. I lost my father, Paul, in 2009 and still miss him a great deal. He and your father were first cousins and contemporaries. Dad was born in June, 1916 and he too served in WWII. The obit and photos you have assembled are a wonderful tribute to your father. I wish I had had the opportunity to meet him. Take care.

Kathleen Boyle

August 7, 2013

I was drawn to read Col. Adie's obituary by his photo. He sounds like a wonderful man. You don't know me, but I can't help but wonder if our families have crossed paths... specifically John Adie and my father, Thomas L. Boyle. He too spent time at Fort Belvoir and served in the Army Corp of Engineers during WWII, mostly on the Philippine Islands. Thank you for the chance to meet the great man in your family and reminisce about the great one in my own.

Debbie Boyd

August 6, 2013

Dear Jack and family,

The Boyds were saddened to hear of your dad's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you and your family

August 6, 2013

Dear Julia and family, I am so sorry to hear that John has left this world. He was a wonderful fellow. Gene Chis

Amy Wolf

August 5, 2013

Adie family i'm sorry to hear
About mr Adie he was a joy to
Be around I loved to sit with him I will miss him may god be
With you all let me know if I can
Do anything take care Amy wolf

Ted Cimral

August 5, 2013

Colonel John Adie was one of the founders of the US Army Transportation Corps Aviation Association (TCAA). John was an Army aviation battalion commander, Commander of the Army Aviation Maintenance School at Fort Eustis, and the Commander, Army Aviation Research & Development Labratory at Fort Eustis. John was the first of three soldiers who have been honored with TCAA's Hall of Fame Award. John was TCAA's President Emeirtus who wore his TCAA hat until the day he died. The worldwide membership is in mourning today as we say goodbye to a warrior, a friend, and a mentor. God Bless You John Adie.