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August 21, 2019 Page 7A porter F Continued from Front made it to the door. Monroe County fire- fighters used an infrared camera to find them and do CPR, but it was too late. Morris and Virginia Adair entered into eternity the way had lived the past five decades -- together. "They had a perfect love story" their son Mitchell Bunce told the Reporter on Tuesday. "They always looked out for each other. Dad would never have left her behind. He could're gotten out by himself, there's no doubt in my mind. But one could never live without the other?' The state fire marshal said early indications are that the fire started in the garage. Mitchell said his dad, a special forces Green Beret in Vietnam, would die trying to save his wife even if he could've gotten out. "He was a wonderful man" said Bunce. "If there's a silver lining;' their grandson Marshall Bunce told the Reporter, "it's that their love story was an inspiration, and they didn't have to suffer the loss of the other one." The Adairs had moved to Forsyth three years ago to be close to their son, Mitchell Bunce. Mrs. Adair had developed Alzheimers and so the couple moved from Co- lumbus, Miss. in 2016 to give Mr. Adair some help. But the devoted husband still did most of the care for his wife. In fact the family last saw Mr. Adair alive at a 40th birthday party on Saturday for his grandson which he left early to tend to his wife of 48 years. He said he had to relieve the sitter, make supper for his wife, give her a bath and get her ) Morris and Virginia Adair, shown at their wedding in 1970, shared a love that lasted until the end on Satur- day. (Photo courtesy Mitchell Bunce) here" said Marshall. Morris' later years weren't confined to caring for his wife though. He was able to go the White House in 2017 when an Army medic in his unit, Capt. Gary Rose, was given the Medal of Honor by President Trump for his efforts in Operation Tailwind on Sept. 11, 1970. "Every time he talked about that trip;' said Mar- shall, "you could just see the smile on his face. He'd say, 'I never thought a dirt poor country boy from East Texas would go the White House to shake the president's hand and have dinner." Marshall Bunce said an- other great memory from recent years that he will treasure is when he and his grandfather, father, and son -- four genera- tions -- went fishing on Lake Juliette. "We didn't catch a thing" laughed Bunce, "but it's a memory I will always have." Morris first came to Middle Georgia in the 1970s as the ROTC direc- tor at Mercer. He later went back to Texas for a career in law enforcement and after retiring, super- vised construction on military bases. The Bunces had the Adairs' 1,700-square-foot, one-story home built in 2016 just for them, with a front porch and no steps. Monroe County fire- fighters were called to the home by a neighbor Meeting All Your Insurance Needs Auto o Home Life Business Personal Umbrella Policies Let us show you how much we can save you on your insurance. 57 $. Jane Pennington Yoffre in good hands, Lee St. fforsyth, GA 478-994-0850 Auto, Home Life. Medicare Supplements ready for bed. . 2o19 Cancer. :Disability The Couple had mar- I [ riedatFortBragg, N.C. R|]]KT ] in 1970 after Mr. Adair I ~ M0nreeC0unty l~' 'LU'a~ Ji/~/~IA1 .L&1Oa~J.l~J.) =~.~1~.a had served two tours of Reporter i Repo"er W Agents I.T. Bunn & Eric Bunn duty as a Green Beret with I special forces in Vietnam. [ 12 East Main Street Forsyth, GA (478) 994-9751 She had five children from a previous marriage, while he had three. Mitchell Bunce was 14 years old when Morris Adair technically became his step-father, but Bunce only called him "dad" or "daddy" and Adair played a key role in making him the man he became, said his son Marshall. "He was a hero to me,' said Marshall. "He was the love of my grandma's life, and he took care of her until his dying breath?' In the ravages of de- mentia, Marshall said his grandmother no longer knew her husband's name. But she knew that she belonged to him. "If you don't believe in true love, well you saw it DELICIOUS MEXICAN MENU Great variety of dishes to choose from! We Serve all your favorite beverages toot SPECIALS: Margarita Special- Small Lime On the Rocks- Two for One Bud- Draft $2 EAT IN or CARRY OUT[ 478-993-2266 We are located next door to the Red Roof Inn 480 Holiday Circle, Forsyth, GA 31029 around 10 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters found the home almost completely in flames, including the grass and cars around it. Firefighters knew an elderly couple lived there because they had been there on medical calls, and broke windows to the bedroom to try to get them out. Finally, the Adairs' bodies were found using a thermal imaging camera. Their bodies were taken to the crime lab to confirm the cause of death. Monroe County and Forsyth firefighters extinguished the fire and retrieved the bodies. Monroe County Emer- gency Services chief Matt Perry said it was a tough night for his team, which had just responded to a house fire on Lee King Road before the call on Strickland Loop. Baptist Church 95 West Morse Forsyth, GA. Worship, Grow Connect. Go Fall Classes Start August 28 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 6 Weeks SlwkeSl~am and the Bible Learn how scripture and Shakespeare relate to one another. Taught by rift College Professor, Dr. Cathryn Futural Ilal~lness 10t Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Gain some new perspectives on how to pursue the happiness we seek. Class Leader, Wiley Crosby. ff 15 people attend, it will make hlm happy. 30 will make him ecstatic. Call 478-394-1497 for more info. Wednesday Huddle Join Coach Jennifer Rivers and her Wednesday discussion group on life and living. If you were born or raised in the 80's, this group is for you. Power of a Praying PorentA study and discussion group on how to pray for your children. Facilitator, Tara Phillips Prayer Circle & Interoessory Prayer Practices Bring your prayer concerns, bible, and a heart for prayer. Knee pads optional. Facilitator, Michelle Collins -,u -~ ,r,V ~,; yw 1F.v,t~, ,r v.~,V .Mr v . v vt- v v v (Formerly Dodd Builders Supply) LUNCH will be served Promotional GIVE-A-WAYS Enter Drawing to WIN 58 qt. COOLER & TUMBLERS Mon- Fri 11am - lO)m Sat 11:30am- 10 )m Closed Sunday CALL AND REGISTER FOR ONE OF OUR INFORMATION SESSIONS] AUGUST 22, 2018 10:30 AIM oR 5::K) PIM DON'T MISS OUT ON WHAT YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE! We are Iongtime residents of Monroe Countyl ILAYSON [ADVISORY GROUP 5233 Riverside Drive, Suite C o Macon, GA CALL TERRY SMITH Layson Advisory Group is not affiliated with, or endorsed by, the federal Medicare program or any other government agency. 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