The Rev. James David Pair, a retired Baptist minister, died Friday in his sleep at a rest home in Washington. He was 105.
He retired about 10 years ago after serving for 16 years as pastor of the First Baptist Church of North Brentwood, Md. Earlier he had held pastorates in Arlington and Warrenton, Va.
Born in Releigh, N.C., Mr. Pair attended Shaw University in Raleigh and taught school in North Carolina before moving to Washington in 1904.
He graduated from the Schoolof Religion at Howard University in 1911, and was ordained a year later at Metropolitan Baptist Chuch, where he remained a member.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Mr. Pair also worked as a clerk at the Post Office Department from 1904 until retiring in 1942.
He had been a member of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Washington and Vicinity and the Interdenominational Ministers Alliance here. He was a former president of the Washington Congress of Parent Teachers Association and later a member of the D.C. Congress and National Congress of Parents and Teachers.
Mr. pair was a past officer of the Pleasant Plains Civic Association and the Federation of Civic Associations of the District of Columbia. He was a past master of Corinthian Lodge No. 18, Prince Hall affiliation of the Masons.
Appointed to the D.C. Selective Service during World War II, Mr. Pair later was chairman of Draft Board No. 12. He was cited by Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson for his services.
He is survived by four children, Dr. Clarence Q. Pair, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Judge Hubert B. Pair, Lois P. Turner and Virginia P. Ridley, all of Washington, seven grandchildren and nine grat-grandchildren.