Born March 21, 1927, in Bath Springs, Tenn., son of the late James Alver Adams and Lonnie Bernice Chambers, he was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed at Wonder Bread. He attended McCarty School and a was a member of the First Baptist Church, the VFW and the American Legion.
On Dec. 13, 1944, in Blytheville, Ark., he married Mary Juanita Montgomery, who survives.
Survivors also include one son. Eddie Adams, of Jonesboro, Ark.; two daughters, Delila Swinger, of Caruthersville, Mo., and Sharyn Sanderson, of Houston, Miss.; eight sisters, Louise Hopper, Nona Jean, Joyce Proctor, Brenda Mott, Mary Nell Clark, Donna Starling, Doris Ann Riggs and Darlene Bell ; one brother, Rex Adams; eight grandchildren, Tammie and Amy Sayre, Julia Smith, Adam and Lee and Paul Sanderson and Josh and Jake Adams and four great-grandchildren, Jordan Babcock, Ross Northcut, Taylor Sayre and Max Smith.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Adams and one granddaughter, Jennifer Louise Adams.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 28, at the First Baptist Church in Caruthersville with the Rev. Dr. James Adams officiating.
Burial was in the Maple Cemetery at Caruthersville.
Pallbearers were Chris Riggs, Olan Parks, Frank Morgan, Fred Boyd, Charlie Jones and Johnny Darnell.
H.S. Smith Funeral Home of Caruthersville was in charge of arrangements.