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Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church
Monday December 27th, 2021

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Philip Samuel Adair

Philip Samuel Adair, went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, December 19, 2021. He was surrounded in his last days by family and friends.

Phil was born, November 7, 1946, to Samuel Watts Adair and Lettie Arlene Pfaff Adair in Laurens, SC. He was a graduate of Baylor School in 1964 in Chattanooga, TN and from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1970. Phil worked for Milliken for 17 years as an Industrial Engineer. He then decided on a new career path and went to Lander University, receiving a M.Ed. Phil worked for Laurens District 55 in various capacities from 1990-2012, when he retired.

Phil was a Scoutmaster for Troop 78 and was heavily involved in several aspects of Scouting in the Blue Ridge Council. He was a reenactor with several groups in historical events, including the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War. Phil also was a very active witness in his faith, culminating in becoming an Elder at Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church. Perhaps his greatest endeavor in his retirement though, was being a volunteer with the Laurens County Museum. The Museum was his “Baby”!

He left behind a very large family. He is survived by his wife, Cora Suzanna Gladney Adair; daughter, Donna Hughes Smith (Porter); son, Donald Christopher Hughes; grandchildren, Ben, Cole, Mason, Evan, Thomas, and John Calvin; sister, Mary Ann Adair White (Butch); nephews, Donald Jay White (Amy) and Michael Joseph White (Amy); great nieces and nephews, Zander, Mia, Molly and Megan; and Cora’s sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren, who loved him dearly.

Phil was predeceased by his first wife of 18 years, Mary Jo Bonds Hughes Adair, a grandson, Porter Caleb Smith and by his parents.

Phil loved the Lord, his country, his Scouts, his large family, his friends, and history. He lived life to its fullest and was a true peacemaker and friend to all he met.

Funeral services will be Monday, December 27, 2021, at 12:00 PM at Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church in Clinton, SC. The service will be conducted by Rev. Herb Codington, Rev. Jeff Craddock, Rev. John Hopkins, and Rev. Juan Sharp. Burial will be at Westview Memorial Park in Laurens.

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I am on of Phil's fraternity brothers at Tennessee Wesleyan. He was always a generous and helpful guy who enjoyed our group. For many years I had a magnolia tree in my yard and each year when I bloomed, I thought of Phil and how he enjoyed bringing a bloom into his dorm room. May he Rest In Peace.

Jim Graham Feb 5 2022 5:18 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Philip Adair

Jamie Reeves Dec 27 2021 9:10 AM

Reading about what he accomplished in life, it is evident that Phil Adair was and now IS part of Lauren's county history. Our prayers and thoughts are with Aunt Suzie and the entire family. May God's peace be with you in these coming days as you celebrate him. What I remember most is that he was so incredibly kind. Everyone Phil met was a new friend. Kerry and I pray you find comfort in each other and in memory of Phil.

Lisa Hodne Dec 23 2021 7:25 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Philip Adair

Aretha Powers Hall Dec 22 2021 6:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Philip Adair

Myrna Quinton Dec 22 2021 2:15 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Philip Adair

Doris Taylor Dec 22 2021 1:55 PM

I will miss Phil and all his kidding but especially all his history knowledge. He was a great friend to all that knew him.

Martha Gilchrest Dec 22 2021 12:45 PM

Sympathy to the family of Phil Adair. I will always remember Phil frying a turkey for my parents on Thanksgiving one year. Rest in peace brother! John Wasson, Seabrook Island, S.C.

John wasson Dec 22 2021 11:44 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Philip Adair

Kathy Turner Dec 22 2021 5:56 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Philip Adair

Sandra Laws Dec 21 2021 10:51 PM

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