MASSENA, NY -- Kerry Lee Adair , (Seq. Freshman 1998), 31, of Akwesasne, Quebec, and native to Oklahoma, passed from this life on July 6, 2014, in Massena, N.Y.
Funeral services were Monday, July 14, 2014 in the Sequoyah High School Gym with pastor Mike Glass (Seq. Class of 1973) of New Beginnings Church in Brushy, OK officiating. Interment will follow at Tahlequah City Cemetery.
Kerry was born on Nov. 12, 1982, in Tahlequah, OK to Linda "Lynn" Adair and Donald Lee Adair.
Kerry grew up in Bunch, OK, where he attended elementary schools in Marble City and Cave Springs. He attended high school at Sequoyah , as a freshman in 1998 then Gore and graduated from Vian with a 4.5 GPA in May 2000.
Upon graduation, Kerry received a scholarship from the University of San Francisco where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in May 2003. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Communications) in May 2005 from Boise State University.
Kerry worked as a vault manager for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. He also served as a Call Center Supervisor for Nexxlinx of Tahlequah in 2006. His favorite jobs included coaching gymnastics for Northeastern State University and Cheer It Up! in Tahlequah. He also coached gymnastics in Denver, Colo., and North Carolina.
During his days in California, Kerry modeled for Paul Frank and French Connection United Kingdom. He was also on the cover of several magazines.
Kerry enjoyed being around people. He loved talking and laughing. He also loved dancing to music by Lady Gaga and Capital Sities. He also loved singing karaoke. He worked as a D.J. in Tulsa known as "Kerry the Fairy" and served as a mascot for Gay Pride. He was a member of New Beginnings Church in Brushy, OK.
His skills included dynamics of interpersonal communications, public relations, conflict management mediation, and writing and editing. He enjoyed volunteering in political campaigns.
He was a member of the Cherokee Nation.
He loved animals, children and watching cartoons, movies such as the Wizard of Oz, It, Sister Act I and II, Mrs. Doubtfire, Taxi and many others. His favorite shows were Ellen, Will and Grace, and Law and Order.
He was preceded in death by two brothers in 1976, his grandfathers the late Pumpkin Drywater, John B. Adair, Robert Nofire, and J.B. Bird a grandmother of the late Euna Bell Nofire, and his Great-Grandparents, the late James and Susie Vann, and his three dogs Samara, Hiroshi, and Rusty.
He is survived by both his parents Donald of Tahlequah, and Lynn Adair and her fiancÚ Edwin McCulley, also of Tahlequah; his brothers, Ryan, Zach and Chad Adair, all of Tahlequah; a half-brother, Stone Girty of Vian and a half-sister, Michelle Adair Cheater of Keys Community. Also his grandmothers Katie Adair of Sallisaw, OK and Akie Gourd of Tahlequah; his nieces and nephews, Hope, Darian, and Kristen Adair of Stilwell, OK, Destin and Angel Adair of Sallisaw, OK, and King and Trinity Adair of Westville, OK. Kerry leaves behind a host of aunts and uncles, cousins, and other relatives and many friends from all over the world.
Kerry is also survived by his partner, David Weege Oakes of the home, and his adopted Mohawk sister Katsitsianoron Thompson "Nolo" of Akwesasne, NY.
Kerry loved everyone and traveled extensively during his young life, he settled in Canada near upstate New York where he became family to the Mohawk Nation at the time of his passing. He will be missed by many.