Thomas Howard Lair

Thomas Howard Lair

Male 1917 - 1985  (68 years)

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  • Name Thomas Howard Lair 
    Born 1917 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1985 
    Person ID I4041  avefamily
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2011 

    Father Thomas Gould Lair 
    Mother Gladys Pearl Avent,   b. 27 Mar 1893, Jonesboro, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1981, Hereford, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 8 Jan 1914  Randall Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1198  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emma Jean Shaver 
    Children 
     1. Andrea Lair
     2. Thomas Gould Lair, II
     3. Jennifer Lair
     4. Ed Shaver Lair
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F1200  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Avent, George Washington (1844-1933) of MS
    Avent, George Washington (1844-1933) of MS
    George Washington Avent and his grandson, Thomas Howard Lair.

  • Notes 
    • From Jennifer Lair Halpin, 2/2011:

      Thomas Howard Lair served as an 8th Air Force pilot in WWII and was shot down over Germany, where he was in prison camp until 1945. He
      came home from the war to Canyon, Texas where he lived until his death in 1985. He had very clear memories of his grandfather, George Washington Avent. The photo of George Washington Avent and Tom was taken in Canyon in about 1920, when Tom was about 2 years old. Tom told about how his grandfather talked about the civil war and how he remembered that as an old man his grandfather would sit in the the town square in Canyon (near the Randall Co. courthouse) with other old men to pass the days. If one of George Washington's grandchildren happened to run by, GW would wave his cane out to rap his grandchild as they went by and always call out that "that is one of mine".