Dateline – Taylors, South Carolina
Thomas C. Adair, Jr. died peacefully at home on April 21, 2021. He was born on November 28, 1940 in Columbia, SC. He was an alumnus of the University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus.
Nicknamed “Tommie” or “Tom,” he was known for his quick-witted sense of humor & stellar work ethic. In his youth, he held a paper route, worked for the US Postal Service and later sold insurance while attending school. He was activated in the Air National Guard during the Berlin Crisis and sent to Spain for a year.
Upon his return from Spain, he took a job with Greyhound Bus Lines, where he was employed for over 40 years. He married Ingra Puckett, and they were married for 29 years. The couple had two children, Elizabeth (Beth), and John. The family lived in Charlotte, NC, Winston-Salem, NC and Columbia, SC until 1979. They left the Carolinas with a job transfer and moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida where he was district sales supervisor for the Northeastern Florida region. Later, the company would merge with Trailways; and in 1986, he was relocated to Orlando, Florida. More job changes brought another move where he opted to return to the Carolinas in Clinton, SC. He was area general manager over both Greenville & Columbia, SC terminals.
In the late 90’s, he would meet his wife Tracy Adair. She is well liked by the whole family & the couple were married for over 25 years.
An avid reader, he loved reading history books & magazines (on politics, stereos, photography, fitness, motorcycles & rifles). In his 20’s, 30’s & 40’s he had a weight room, workout area & photography dark room in all of his homes. He took his son John shopping for surfboards in the 1980’s.
In his late 40’s, he took up motorcycle riding & shooting rifles at the range well into his 70’s. As a fan of the Carolina Gamecocks, football was always up for Sunday dinner discussion.
He is survived by his wife Tracy Adair, sister Celia Adair, both of Taylors, SC, daughter Elizabeth (Beth) Adair of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL & numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas C. Adair, Sr., a son John Thomas Adair, and numerous aunts and uncles.
A private graveside memorial service will be held Monday, April 26, in Fountain Inn, SC. The family is grateful for all the prayers received by family and friends.
Fletcher Funeral Service