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James Robert "Rob" Adair

    James Robert (Rob) Adair was born in Lamesa, Texas on November 22, 1932, the youngest child of Elvin Marshall Adair and Ruth Harrell Alldredge Adair. 
    He graduated from Lamesa High School in 1950 and from Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1954. 
    On August 27th of that year, he married Vela Marie Keefer of Huntsville, and the two moved to San Antonio, where he began teaching woodshop at Rhodes Middle School. 
    After a brief stint in Hawaii with the Army, they returned to San Antonio, where he began work on his Master’s Degree at Southwest Texas State Teachers College and taught at Cooper Middle School. He transitioned to Northside Independent School District in 1960, working at Leon Springs Elementary as the 5th- and 6th-grade teacher and, concurrently, principal. Over the years, he was also elementary principal at Leon Valley, Glenoaks, and Meadow Village. He took early retirement in 1992.
    In retirement, Adair had a small carpentry business, remained actively involved as a member and deacon at University Baptist Church, and provided administration for one site of the Senior Nutrition Program sponsored by the CIty of San Antonio and hosted by the church.
    He enjoyed traveling, particularly a 50th-anniversary cruise to Alaska with fellow graduates of Lamesa High School, with whom he remained close. He also loved to play and teach all kinds of games. Summers were always devoted to activities with the grandchildren.
    Adair passed away at North Central Baptist Hospital on April 26, 2020.
    He is survived by Vela Adair, his wife of 65 years; brother Billy Doyle Adair of Houston; children, Jimmy Adair and Diana Adair Bridges of San Antonio and Lyle Adair of Austin; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. 
    He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Dorothy Adair Pounds, and brother William Benjamin (Ben) Adair. 
    Interment is at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
– Press-Reporter obituary services

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