Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
NameLuther Lee Adair 985, 1C2R
Birth24 Mar 1899, Buda, Hays Co TX
Death28 May 1978, Victoria, Victoria Co TX Age: 79
FatherEdward Lee “Edd” Adair (1868-1947)
Spouses
Birth11 Nov 1899, Indian Territory, OK
Death21 Jun 1995, Victoria, Victoria Co TX Age: 95
FatherThomas A. Griffin (ca1860-ca1910)
MotherOlivia Sumpter Morrison (1861-1949)
Marriage7 Jun 1926, Corpus Christi, Nueces Co TX
ChildrenNell Rose (1927-)
Notes for Luther Lee Adair
When Luther was about 13 years old the family lived in Hays County, TX. His parents let Luther take some of his friends on a holiday in their wagon. The young boys drove to Fisher, Texas on the Frio River west of San Marcos, TX. The boys spent a week camping and fishing on the river and had a great time together. Luther told his grandaughter, Roxanne Lewis, the story when she was preparing to leave for a two week stay at the Presbyterian Camp outside of Fisher, Texas when she was the same age. Luther's daughter, Nell threw 'a fit' when she heard that Margaret Cleveland Adair 'allowed' her son, at such a young age, the freedom to take his friends to camp on the river without adult supervision. Luther had to remind Nell that time continue to change and that was a normal thing to do in the early 1900's.

Several years later, when Luther was in High School, he and a number of his friends decided to play a prank one Holloween. Their school was several stories high and had a long slide on the side of the building that was used as a fire escape. The young teens took a carriage apart, climbed the fire escape with the carriage parts, reassembled the carriage on top of the building and left the premises. The next morning the whole school was outside staring at the assembled carriage. The principal knew immediately which boys probably participated in the prank and made them climb on top of the building, dismantle the carriage and bring each part down the fire escapte..........then they had to once again assemble the carriage and return it to the owner. This must have happened about 1914 or 1915; however they were not called in by the local sheriff. If this happened in the year 2001, I feel sure they would have been placed in a jail. This story was happily told by the mother of Luther Adair as he sat there laughing.

Luther loved to work with figures and for many years planned to become what was called 'a bookeeper' in the days of 1916. His mother had other ideas. His cousin, Ernest Cleveland was the same age of Luther and Ernest decided to attend Baylor University at Waco, TX. to become a schoolteacher. Margaret Cleveland Adair told Luther that they would pay for him to attend Baylor with Ernest, but only if he would train as a teacher. Luther decided to give himself a one year to see if he liked that study. He found that he did not want to become a teacher and told his family. They didn't object, but did refuse to pay for him to study in the school of business. Luther quit Baylor and found a job in Austin that would train him to become a keeper of the records. All of Luther's life, he loved working with figures. He later took courses and was able to become an accountant. When his sister Opal was of age to attend college to become a teacher, Margaret Cleveland Adair required Luther to help Opal financilly to achieve her goal. That, so she later told her granddaughter Nell, she thought would punish Luther for choosing to go into the world of business, but Luther never regretted his choice of profession. As you can tell, Luther continued to believe that everyone should make that choice for himself, however this indicates what a strong character his mother was too.

He was active in sports as a boy and attended Baylor University and later becoming an accountant. When WWII broke out Luther was 45 and over the age for military service. Most of the merchants in town went into service. Luther and another accountant in Sinton, Fredrick Johnson, after their own regular work hours, helped the wives of the merchants who had been left to operate their husbands business. They kept the books and business records for each business until the men returned home. He was active in community service, served as a decon in the First Baptist Church and served many years on the San Patricio County School board, part of that time as President of the board. Several years after retiring from the School Board, he became the business manager for the school district until his retirement at the age of 72. In 1973 he and his wife moved to Victoria, TX to be near their daughter and her family.
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Obituary for Luter L. Adair
Appeared in the San Patricio County News June 01, 1978

Luther L. Adair, 79 of Victoria, died Monday afternoon May 29, 1978 in a Victoria (DeTar) Hospital.

He was born in Buda and was a former resident of Sinton, (TX). He was a retired accountant and business manager for the Sinton Independent School District. Adair was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was past president of the Sinton Kiwanis Club, past president of the Baptist Brotherhood and a deacon and director of the First Baptist Church in Sinton. He was a forner director and secretary of the Sinton Chamber of Commerce and amember of the Sinton Lodge No. 1012 AF & AM.

Funer services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel in Victoria.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Roxie O. Adair of Victoria, one daughter Mrs. Nell Adair Lewis of Victoria, Three sisters, Mrs. D.W. Miller, Mrs Cecil Witt and Mrs. Opal Harvey, all of Bishop, two brothers, Edward Adair of Bishop and E.C. Adair of Slidell, Louisiana and two grandchildren, Tom Lewis and Roxanne Lewis. The family has requested that in liu of the usual remembrances, donations be made to a charity of church.
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Luther Adair

Luther L. Adair, 79, of 902 Linwood, a retired accountant and business manager for the Sinton Independent School Dist. died Monday at l:30 p.m. in a local hospital following a lingering illness.

Born March 24, 1899 in Buda, TX to the late Edward Lee and Margaret Cleveland Adair he had resided in Victoria for the past five years, moving here from Sinton, TX. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Mr. Adair was a past president of the Sinton Kiwanis Club and the Sinton's Mem Fellowship, and a past president of the Sinton Independent School Dist. He was also president of the Baptist Brotherhood, a deacon, member of the Building Committee and director of First Baptist Church in Sinton.

He was a former director and secretary of the Sinton Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Sinton Lodge No. 1012 AR & AM.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. David Slover and the Rev. Roy Mathison officiating.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Roxie O. Adair of Victoria, a daughter, Mrs. Nell Lewis of Victoria, three sister, Mrs. D.W. Miller, Mrs. Cecil Witt and Mrs. Opal Harvey all of Bishop; two brothers, Edward Adair of Bishop and E.C. Adair of Slidell, La. and two grandchildren.
Notes for Roxie Olivia (Spouse 1)
Roxie was a devoted wife to her husband, Luther Adair. After Luther's death, she became a volunteer at Citizens Hospital in Victoria, TX, working 3 days a week. She won many honors for the hours with that organization. At the age of 90 she retired from this volunteer service but continued helping the organization in many ways. Roxie died shortly before her 96th birthday.
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A "Certificate of Birth" No. 4967 was given to Roxie Olivia Griffin on January 27, 1949 by Judge A.D. Aikin of San Patirio Co. TX. Attached to this Certificate were two Affidavits stating that Roxie Olivia Griffin was born at 6 A.M. on November 17, 1899 in McMillan, Carter Co. OK. (McMillan, OK was actually in Marshall Co. OK by 1949) but apparently was in Carter Co. OK in 1899. The 2 Affidavits were signed by"

Mrs. Olivia Sumpter Griffin, Mother of Roxie Olivia Griffin on September 4, 1948 and
Dr. R. L. Cox of Ardmore, Carter Co. OK on November 20, 1948 [Dr. Cox was the husband of Mae Cox who had been a childhood friend of Roxie Griffin
Both stating that the above facts were true.

At the time of birth of Roxie Olivia Griffin, McMillan, OK was in Chickasaw Nation Indian Territory (later OK) before OK joined the United States as a state. No birth certificates were issued there at the time of her birth however by 1948 Roxie Olivia Griffin Adair felt that she should ask for a Certificate of Birth while these two people were able to verify facts about her birth.

More About DR. J. L. COX:

Dr. J. L. Cox who signed the Birth Affidavit for the birth of Roxie Griffin Adair was in 1910 census
J L Cox 2-WD ARDMORE, CARTER, OK 1874 born in Georgia White
His lst wife was listed in 1930 fed. census as Veprice Cox age 55 Ardmore, Carter, OK 1874 Wife
Living with J.L. Cox & wife was his father T.D. Cox and a servant Martha Johnson.

The 1910 fed. census of Ardmore, Carter Co. OK had 2 step children living with Dr. J.L. Cox & Virprice, so apparently Verprice was lst married to a Mr. Anderson. The children's names were George R. Anderson age 16 and Anna May Anderson age 12 and also living with the Cox family a niece Essie Winston age 16 and Edmond Winston age 13.
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