Doris Jean Adair
Doris Jean Adair
  • March 6, 1925 - September 6, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Doris Jean Adair died Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Doris was born to Stanley Cartner Porteous of Ormond, Ontario and to Jean Kerr Reid Porteous of West Carron, Scotland on March 6, 1925 in Canton, NY, where she lived until after high school graduation. At 19 years old, Doris left the St. Lawrence Seaway community arriving at Syracuse, NY where 24 year old World War II Army Air Corp Pilot, James Reid Adair was smitten with her. They married on May 6, 1944, by Reverend E. Miles, First Presbyterian Church of Syracuse, NY. After the war they moved to Washington, D.C. for employment with the U.S. Department of Treasury as a Special Agent for the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division. Over the years, they had 3 children; Allan, Carolyn, and Joe and they were transferred to Miami, Pensacola, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach and on July 3, 1970 to Tampa where they retired. Doris volunteered in the school clinic, student data entry, costume designer for school plays, PTSA committee member, homeroom mother, and Girl Scout leader. Friend and neighbor, Joyce Becker, founded a group Doris joined making Braille Bibles for third world countries. After a number of years bowling with teammates Joyce Johnson, Karen Robey, and Joanna Schwartz, they were awarded the Crown Jewels 2002-2003 First Place Team “Enterprise” at the Pin Chasers. She enjoyed attending the library book club and Erwin Career and Technical School Flower Arranging courses.

Doris was predeceased by her husband, James R. Adair, Tampa, FL; brother, Arnold S. Porteous, Star Lake, NY; brother , Walter A. Porteous, Springfield, VA; sister, Eleanor I. Quatro, Cortland, NY; brother-in-law, Albert J. Quatro, Cortland, NY; sister-in-law, Evelyn V. Rylant, Fernandina Beach, FL; brother-in-law, James Rylant, Fernandina Beach, FL; and nephew James Rylant, Jr., Jacksonville, FL.

Doris is survived by her son, Allan J. Adair and wife Sandra, Rochester, MN; daughter, Carolyn J. Emery and husband Forrest, Riverview, FL; son, Joseph S. Adair and wife Geneva, Walker, LA; sister-in-law, Dr. Joyce Dain-Porteous, Clearwater, FL; nephews, David Porteous and wife Gay, Albion, NY, Michael Rylant and wife Kathy of The Villages, FL ,and Stanley Porteous, Long Beach, CA.; nieces, Kathy R Conger and husband Bill of Fernandina Beach, FL, Cyndy A. Rylant, Jacksonville, FL, Mary Jean Shepherd, Largo FL, Barbara Kline, Corltand, NY, Janice Kulikowsky, Cortland, NY, and Patti Hack, Corona, CA.

Family will receive friends from 2:00-5:00PM on Sunday, September 17 at the Blount and Curry Funeral Homes, Oldsmar/West Hillsborough Chapel, 6802 Silvermill Dr, Tampa. A graveside service will be held at 11am on Monday, September 18 at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell (I-75-Exit 309)

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, PO Box 2000, Boys Ranch, FL 32064.