Horaceorace Levi Pair, age 93, distinguished World War II veteran and loving husband, father, and grandfather, left this earth for his final rest on the morning of October 17, 2013. was born in Dekalb County, Ga., to Thomas Bluford Pair and Sarah Bell Leftwich Pair, on August 29, 1920.
He was predeceased by his five siblings, and first wife Catherine (Thomas) Pair.
He is survived by his second wife Marjorie (Peeples) Gillon Pair, daughters Cindy (Bob) Wiggins, of LaGrange, and Becky (Randy) White, of Temple, and stepchildren Sherry (Bill) Sanders, of Canton; David (Anna) Gillon, of Smyrna; Kenneth (Ann) Gillon, of Horse Shoe, N.C.; Lyn (Judson) Eldredge, of East Point; and Thomas (Dianne) Gillon, of Cumming.
As a Corporal in the 8th Air Force (14th Wing, 44th bomber group), Horace was among the first US contingent of soldiers to be deployed to England in 1942 where he provided ground to air communications support during the D-Day invasion in June 1944. After World War II, Horace became a certified electrician (IBEW) at GM’s Lakewood Plant (retiring in 1983). During retirement, Horace and Marjorie made outstanding woodcrafts, and they were very active in the adult programs at Fayetteville Christian Church. His was a long, productive life filled with the joys of a large family, including 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a strong faith in God.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Fayetteville First Christian Church, 235 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, Ga., 30214.
Mr. Pair will lie in state from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Reverend Andrew Higle will officiate. The burial will follow at College Park Cemetery. The family received friends Friday, October 18, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville.
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