Obituaries for Fri., Aug. 28, 2015

Published 7:28 pm Thursday, August 27, 2015

Olivia Hodges Douglas

Mrs. Olivia Hodges Douglas, 91, of Andalusia, passed away Mon., Aug. 24, 2015, in Pensacola.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. today, Fri., Aug. 28, at the Pleasant Home Baptist Church with Brother Fred Kelley officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Special music will be provided by Chuck Lassiter. Visitation will be at the church 30 minutes prior to services.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Carolyn Crawford of Andalusia, and Linda and Mark Wheeler of Kitzmiller, MD; a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Gretchen Douglas of Whitney Point, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Todd (Carolyn) Karroll and Lee Douglas.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Douglas, who passed away in 1986.

Pallbearers will be Raymond Lassiter, John Lassiter, Billy Douglas, Bill Douglas, Todd Karroll, and Billy Johnson.

Those unable to attend the service may sign the guest registry online at

Conrad Elbert Adair

Conrad Elbert Adair passed away peacefully on August 25, 2015, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Birmingham on Jan. 20, 1930, to Leonadus Elbert and Lucy Belle Garner Adair. He received his undergraduate degree in engineering from Auburn University, an MBA from Samford University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. After retiring from a 32-year career with United States Steel Corp. as superintendent of personnel services, Dr. Adair began a second career as a professor at Birmingham Southern College. He loved teaching and traveling throughout the world with his students. After being awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, Dr. Adair and his wife, Cathryn, spent a year in Thailand where he taught at Thammassat University in Bangkok. He also worked through the University of Pittsburgh as a professor in the Semester at Sea program, literally taking students around the globe. After retiring as professor emeritus, Conrad then began a third career as an instructor for FEMA serving in disaster-stricken areas throughout the country.

He and Cathryn were known for their fun, often themed parties; they loved to entertain and spend time with friends. Conrad was a Master Gardner, as evidenced by his prize-winning roses. Dr. Adair loved his church family at Vestavia Church of Christ and never missed a service until his health failed, serving for a period as an elder there.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his seven siblings, and his beloved wife of 62 years, Ruth Cathryn Buckner Adair.

He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Linda (Rick) Kyle of Andalusia, Karen (Joe) Stroud of Auburn, and Doug (Nina) Adair of Birmingham; 10 grandchildren, Amy Kyle (Scott) Stapler of Huntsville, Emily Kyle (Hayden) Meredith of Columbus, Ga., David (Maggee) Kyle of Louisville, Ky., Lucy Stroud (Craig) Young of Houston, Jay (Jenn) Stroud of Auburn, Mary Cathryn Stroud (Morgan) Holladay of Opelika, James Adair of San Diego, Calif., Andrew Adair of Birmingham, John Michael Adair of Boston, and Grace Adair of Birmingham; nine great-grandchildren, and a host of special nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Johns-Ridouts Mortuary, Elmwood Chapel, with a graveside service to follow at 2 p.m. in Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dr. Adair’s grandsons.