Gerald W. "Dub" Adams, 82, of Arbyrd, Mo., died Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at Green Acres Nursing Home in Paragould, Ark., after a long illness. He was born Feb. 2, 1925, in Green County, Ark., to the late James Oliver and Golda Grooms Adams.
Dub was a retired educator and businessman. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the CBI Theater, Burma, the Pacific, in 1944-1945. After the war, he graduated from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., and became a high school coach and math teacher. He coached and taught at Arbyrd, Parma and Hornersville, Mo., and was a baseball scout for the Kansas City Royals for several years. He later went into business and farmed. He was the owner of Adams Gin Co. in Senath, Mo., and ran Adams Tax Service in Senath for many years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Arbyrd.
After retiring from the gin, he was elected Salem Township Tax Collector and served several terms. He was also a former city councilman and mayor of Arbyrd, member and president of both the Arbyrd School Board and Southland School Board. He was a member of several civic organizations, but the ones closet to his heart were the Arbyrd Alumni Association, various youth baseball organizations, and the CBI Roundup Group, a group of his buddies from the war; for many years he was the organizer of their annual reunions, which were held all over the United States. After retirement, he designed and built a golf course on the grounds of his home and called it Podunk Station. For many years, the annual Podunk Station Golf Tournament drew amateur players from all over the area.
On June 8, 1946, he was married to Jonnie Maerene Grissom in Flint, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maerene Adams; his son, David B. Adams; brothers, Amos Adams and Stanley Adams; sisters, Wava Hunter and Vivian Fletcher and beloved niece, Crissie McNeil Jumper.
He is survived by his son, Gerald Adams, Jr., of Arbyrd; his daughter, Angela Adams, of Cardwell, Mo.; two sisters, Wanda Zolman, of Arbyrd and Faustina McNeil, of Paragould; brothers and sisters-in-law, Howard and Imogene Eldridge, of Paragould and Jim and Jerri Grissom, of Gulfport, Miss.; nieces, Jeanne Burnside and Cathy Lambert, both of Paragould, Linda Haws, Brenda Gray and Glenda Turner, all of California, Marcia O'Neil and Janice Beckrow, both of Michigan and Kelly Moses, of Gulfport; nephew, Amos Wayne, of Michigan; grand-nieces, Nikki Beggs Smith, Jennifer Beggs and Natalie Beggs, all of Paragould, McNeil Burnside, of Houston, Texas and Heather Lambert Styer, of Jackson, Mo.; grand-nephew, Adam Lambert, of Jackson and many cousins and friends.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., today, Thursday, May 24, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Arbyrd. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 25, at the First Baptist Church in Arbyrd with Kelly Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Linwood Cemetery at Paragould.
Pallbearers will be Neal Smith, Ken Sikes, Larry Petty, Vernon Haddock, Randy Smith and Randy Jumper.