Joe T. Adair, Jr.

Born in Dickson, TN on January 25, 1935

Departed on October 16, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Joe T. Adair, Jr.-age 81 went to be with the Lord on October 16, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Oneeta Adair, Sr. and brother, Rodney Adair. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Ann Adair; daughters, Lynnisse (Mozy) Roshanfar and Lorie (Gary) Heinz; grandchildren, Alena Roshanfar, Mitra Roshanfar, Christopher (Ashley) Roshanfar, and Riley Heinz; great-grandchildren, Jacob Roshanfar; brother, James (Phyllis) Adair; sister-in-law, Rosa Adair.
As a young man Joe served our country in the Naval Reserve. On December 5, 1959 he married his sweetheart Ann after a 5 year courtship. They had two beautiful daughters Lynnisse and Lorie. Joe worked with the WSMV television team as a Cameraman for 45 years. He retired as chief cameraman.
Family was always a top priority for Joe, and he showed this by devoting his time to them. His daughters will always remember playing ball in the yard, walking around the neighborhood and dancing on his feet, as being some of the best times of their childhood. He was also a wonderful grandfather that adored his grandchildren. Though family was always priority for him, his relationship with the Lord came first. He and Ann were members of First Baptist Church Hendersonville for 49 years, where he played a very active role and lived out his faith. Joe enjoyed food of all kinds and he was an avid golfer.
Joe will live on forever in our memories as a hard-working, devoted, and loving husband, father and grandfather. He touched the lives of many and will be missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life service will be held Thursday at 11am with Pastor Bruce Chesser officiating. Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday from 4pm-8pm and Thursday from 10am-11am at Hendersonville Funeral Home 353 E Main St Hendersonville, TN 37075. In lieu of flowers donations in his honor may be made to the Backpack Ministry at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville.

13 Comments to Joe T. Adair, Jr.

  1. Rick Fox
    October 17, 2016 6:11 pm

    Ann and family:

    Our sincere sympathy. Joe was a good friend and will be missed by all.

    Elaine & Rick

  2. Donna VanDenburgh Shafer
    October 17, 2016 6:54 pm

    Ann, girls and families: I am so sorry for your loss. I have loved Joe since I was a child and know how hard this is for you. I’m praying for you and love you all.


  3. Kathy and Don LaCombe
    October 17, 2016 8:49 pm

    Our Deepest Sympathy, prayers and love to the family. He will be missed deeply by his family and friends, but the Lord is blessed to have him. I pray you are all at peace knowing you will meet again soon. May the Lord give you strength and peace.

  4. Bob ( Cub ) Whitson
    October 18, 2016 1:31 pm

    Mrs. Adair & family, I am so sorry for your loss of JOE, but God has another job for him now. God will keep him busy until you get there. Isn’t it wonderful that you know you will meet again?

  5. Patty Canter House
    October 18, 2016 1:52 pm

    We are also sorry to hear this. Joe was always one of my family favorites! He was interesting, and gentle, and a pleasure to be around, He will be missed!
    Praying for your family that you will be comforted.

    Much love,
    Patty and MIke House

  6. Jenny Canter Woodard
    October 18, 2016 8:14 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss.
    I still remember you and Joe when you were dating and coming over to my house every weekend to watch wrestling on TV. And also the time you baby sat for Patty and she screened the whole time!
    It’s been a great pleasure to know you and Joe.
    Love you much.
    Jenny and John Woodard.?

  7. Ed & Loretta Doles
    October 18, 2016 9:00 pm

    His work at WSM “Cameraman to the biggest Country Music Stars in Nashville” will be admired by people from all over the world for many years to come, as they admire him on the walls of The Country Cabin Music Museum in Hornsby, TN He has a prominent place on the walls of the Grand Old Opry room with the Stars that called him Friend. Thank you to his loving Brother Jim Adair for providing the photos and information.
    Prayers for the Family,
    Ed & Loretta Doles
    Country Cabin Music Museum

  8. Keith Rateliff
    October 18, 2016 9:12 pm

    Joe was a good man. As a boss he was fair. I worked with Joe from 1982-85. I knew he loved the Lord. One thing I will never forget was when I was hanging studio lights on top of a Genie Lift he reminded me that if I fell to make sure that I save the lights. Thank you Joe for your sense of humor. God Bless.

  9. Goeke Family
    October 19, 2016 11:09 am

    You are in our prayers during this difficult time. Sending our heartfelt condolences. Love, the Goeke Family, Tallahassee, FL

  10. Demetria Kalodimos
    October 19, 2016 6:03 pm

    There was never a voice quite like Joe Adair’s on a studio floor…commanding, yet friendly..firm yet fair. I really enjoyed the years I worked with Joe and learned an awfyl lot from him. He was truly one of the pioneers in Nashville television and we are all richer for having known him. “Stand by” Joe…the golden gates are about to open in 5,4,3,2,1….

    With love,


  11. Peggy Polk Motley
    October 19, 2016 6:05 pm

    I enjoyed working with Joe at WSM-TV. He was a good friend. So sorry for your loss.

  12. Elva Seward
    October 20, 2016 1:43 pm

    My Heartfelt Sympathy to all Joe’s family. I went to school with Joe from First grade at Jones Elementary
    through graduation at North Hi. He was such a nice guy, kind, polite, witty and a pleasure to know and be in class with. You are in my heart and prayers.
    Elva Williams Seward

  13. Gerald Kaminitz
    January 25, 2018 8:31 pm

    Worked with Joe when I was “cutting my teeth” in broadcasting. What a professional. He could command the use of a studio camera like no other….smooth on-air, made it look easy, when in fact, keeping focus on a 360 deg. live shot was the hardest thing I ever saw Joe do….amazing to watch him perform his job.

    God bless you Joe and God bless your family

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