David G. Bair

ALEXANDER, NC David George Bair died on Thursday, March 7, 2013, in the arms of his wife of five years, Dianne Harper Bair. Cancer claimed him far too soon this vibrant, affectionate, and accomplished man who lived fully and well. David was born on September 2, 1940, on his family's farm in Hanover, the fifth of eight children born to Luther and Beatrice Bair. He remembered his childhood as a great deal of work punctuated with significant pranks on authority figures. He served in the Air Force while raising a family that grew to include three treasured children. After completing his service David was hired by IBM. When he retired to Asheville, N.C., David indulged his lifelong attraction to woodworking. And he made beautiful things. In 2009 David married Dianne Harper. Together they built a home and small farm in Alexander, N.C., near cherished friends. David and Dianne enjoyed spending time together hiking and chasing escaped chickens. David expressed his faith through service in his church. Among others, he was active in Trinity United Church of Christ in Hanover, and Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Mars Hill, N.C. He was a Mason with membership at Keystone Lodge #153 in Linwood, N.J. When his extended family of beloved nephews and nieces scattered throughout the U.S., David helped continue the annual summer reunion in Hanover. He also helped create a second annual tradition: the President's Day Card Weekend and All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. "If you deal them, they will come." David was preceded in death by his brothers, Glenn, Dale, and Clayton Bair; and by his sisters, Irene Wentz and Audrey Hull. He is survived by his wife, Dianne Harper; sisters, Janet Noel and Sara Sanner; his children, Kent Bair and Kent's wife, Cindy, Bob Bair, and Cindy Bair Colbert and her husband, Joe; stepson, Jesse Mattimore; and grandchildren, Anna and Eli Bair, Tracey Bair, and Alan and Sami Sharpe. He also leaves two precious great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ in Hanover on Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. Another service will be held at Sabbath Rest Farm in Alexander, N.C. on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. Drive to 26 Edna Roberts Road and follow the signs to the memorial service. Memorials may be made to Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Mars Hill, N.C.; or CaringBridge.org; or CarePartnersFoundation.org

Published in Evening Sun on Mar. 12, 2013