|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1931|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 2009|
Valley Times-News, The (Lanett, AL) - Thursday, December 17, 2009
LANETT - Mr. Billy Joe Adamson Sr., 78, of Lanett died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 at George H. Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.
Funeral services are planned for Friday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Wayne Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Billy Joe Adamson was born in Union Hill, Ala., on Sept. 8, 1931 and passed away after a long illness at Lanier Memorial Hospital on Dec. 16.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Jean Hall Adamson; two sons, Billy Joe Adamson Jr., and Michael Adamson; and a daughter, Ginger Adamson Dewitt. He was blessed with multiple grandchildren. Surviving grandchildren include three granddaughters, Charity Leigh Adamson, Jessica Rian Anglin, M. D., and Mariah Storm Adamson, and three grandsons, Joshua Adamson, Chase Hall Adamson and Khristopher Turner. He had one great-grandson, John Ethan Anglin. He is further survived by a sister, Eleese Adamson Shaddix; and two brothers-in-law, Gerald Hall and John Wayne Hall.
Billy Joe attended Valley High School, was a graduate of Southern Union and attended Auburn University. He served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954 earning the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He served in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1973 and was awarded a second Good Conduct Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, Sigman Rhee Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, a third Good Conduct Medal, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and a Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star.
After retiring from military service in 1973, Billy Joe returned to Valley and worked for 13 years at WestPoint Pepperell/ Stevens in the service center performing heating and air conditioning services for the company. He also served as a reserve Lanett police officer for 12 years.
Billy Joe Adamson was an avid hunter and fisherman, teaching first his sons and later his grandsons how to shoot correctly and safely and the basic craft of the woodsman. He enjoyed fishing with his children and grandchildren. When he fished with his grandchildren, he often did not even bait his hook, preferring for the youngsters to have the thrill of landing the fish.
Billy Joe was a consummate storyteller who often prefaced any story with "to make a long story short." If his stories were nevertheless a little bit longer, as they inevitably tended to be, no one ever objected as Billy Joe knew well how to tell a story, pausing at just the right time and building a listener's interest as he went.
Billy Joe Adamson was particularly proud of being a third level Mason and a member of the American Legion and the National Rifle Association. Having served in both the Air Force and Navy, he knew what it meant to be a true patriot. Injured several time in service to his country, during both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, Billy Joe Adamson knew that it was a sacrifice for his country.
Also afflicted in later years by the effects of Agent Orange and vexed by a Veterans Administration that continually changed its evaluation of his disabilities, Mr. Adamson never said a harsh word about it. The flag he served and the jobs that he did in the military imparted to him highly secretive information that he never spoke about.
He will be remembered as a true southern gentleman, a teller of tales with a warm heart and a ready smile, who was the first to run to help a neighbor or a family member who hit a rough patch. He doted on his children and grandchildren and never failed to greet friend or stranger alike with a firm handshake and a genuine smile. The family has lost a giant of a man, but he provided them with thousands of good memories over the years.
He will be deeply and profoundly missed.
Mr. Adamson was a member of the National Rifle Association, American Legion and the Lanett Masonic Lodge.
He was the son of the late Awyer and Alice Rose Looser Adamson.
The family will receive friends Thursday, Dec. 17 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Mary Jean Hall Adamson (1941 - 2012)*
Pleasant Grove Congregational Christian Church Uni
Created by: S. Burdett
Record added: May 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110353455
In memory of a man who loved his family and his country. I thank you for your service to our country to keep us free. And I thank you for your giving-nature and love for your family.|
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