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John Thomas Adair

May 27, 1933 November 6, 2019
John Thomas Adair
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John Thomas Adair, age 86, of Taylorsville passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. John was born May 27, 1933 in Laurens County, SC to the late Clifford and Ion Rock Adair. He was former Owner/ Operator of Lake Hickory Watercraft of Bethlehem and was a US Army veteran.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hilma “Grumpy” Starnes; son, Cliff Adair and an infant daughter.

He is survived by:
2 Sons: Gary Adair and wife Anita of Taylorsville and Rick Adair and wife Beverly of Charleston, SC

Daughter: Nicky Adair of Conover

4 Granddaughters: Angela Torbert and husband Mike of FL, Aleshia Adair and Destry Presnell of Taylorsville, Cassie and Grae Adair, both of SC

5 Grandsons: Alan Fisher and wife Melissa, Jaden and Logan Adair, all of Conover, Brooks and Christian Adair of SC

4 Great Grandsons: Jacob and Drew Fisher and Ryan and Jaxson Presnell

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 4:00 Burke Mortuary Chapel in Newton with Chaplain Bruce Dayton officiating.

A private burial will be held at a later date at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 3:00- 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children, or to Alzheimer’s Association,

Burke Mortuary and Crematory in Newton is serving the Adair family.

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Previous Events

Receiving of Friends




3:00 PM 11/8/2019 3:00:00 PM - 3:45 PM 11/8/2019 3:45:00 PM
Burke Mortuary- Newton

2516 N Main Ave
Newton, NC 28658

Burke Mortuary- Newton
2516 N Main Ave Newton 28658 NC
United States

Celebration of Life Service




4:00 PM 11/8/2019 4:00:00 PM
Burke Mortuary Chapel

2516 N Main Avenue
Newton, NC 28658

Burke Mortuary Chapel
2516 N Main Avenue Newton 28658 NC
United States

Cemetery Details


Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

3120 Falling Creek Rd
Hickory, NC 28601

3120 Falling Creek Rd Hickory 28601 NC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Shriners Hospital for Children

Alzheimer Association


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