|Birth: ||Mar. 19, 1925|
|Death: ||Apr. 23, 1992|
Shelby R Adams was born 19 March 1925 in Provo, to William D and Nettie Rhea Brady Adams. He was their third son and attended Lincoln and Spencer in Orem. Growing up in a house full of boys, he learned from his father to be a hard worker, a trait he passed on to his own children. Times were hard, but the family thrived with gardens, orchards and farm animals; he learned the joys of bringing forth the fruits of his labors.
They say that the face of "Timp" cannot be climbed, but being adventurous from a young age, the Adams boys did it, despite all odds, and coming home without any broken bones or need of rescuing.
At the age of 17, while riding the rails, he met an old hobo who asked him, "With the world at war, young as you are, why aren't you fighting for your country?" That was all it took for Shelby to enlist in the Navy. He served aboard the U.S.S. Ammen during WW II, a Destroyer, as a Boiler Maker. Several times their ship was attacked by Kamakazi pilots while he was on board. After the truce, he went home, married Barbara E Hope, and started his family.
After their first chld was born, their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. When Barbara was expecting their third child, the Korean Conflict broke out, and he went to sea once more.
Shelby served on the Provo City Police Reserves as a volunteer officer. Shelby also started his own plumbing business in order to provide for his growing family. At one time, in his early career, he was buried in a trench that had collapsed. His brother had been watching him when the cave-in occured and they hurried to dig him out. He told me "It doesnt hurt to die."
Shelby and Barbara had a family of twelve children; The youngest being only two weeks old whn their grandchildren started to come along. Shelby retired from the Provo City Buliding Inspection Department, then spent a few years doing what he had always dreamed of: touring the country at his leisure.
Never one to stop working, even while going through chemo therapy and radiation for his Lymphoma cancer, which he contracted during the war after his ship landed at Hirshima after the bomb, he was at work on projects only a week up to his passing.
The motto he had for himself was: "I'm a jack of all trades and a mater of none." He had a great knowledge of many things, being a constant learner, yet felt all his knowledge was never good enough. He taught everything he knew to his sons and a few of his daughters, enough to make them self-sufficient in so many things, that we would rarely need to ask for help.
We thank you Dad, for all the lessons you gave us in life, for your patience in our failings, the pride you took in the little things we accomplished, and most of all, the love that you gave to each and every one of us...no matter what we did...you were still always there to bring us back home in our greatest times of need, and help us get back on our feet.
William Dee Adams (1904 - 1971)
Nettie Rhea Brady Adams (1903 - 1968)
Barbara Hope Adams (1926 - 2008)*
Shelby Randall Adams (1947 - 2006)*
Paul Camille Adams (1949 - 2011)*
Nathan Dee Adams (1971 - 1993)*
Willis D. Adams (1922 - 1998)*
Douglas F. Adams (1923 - 1983)*
Shelby R. Adams (1925 - 1992)
Rulon B. Adams (1926 - 2000)*
Nolen E. Adams (1926 - 1926)*
Perry C. Adams (1929 - 1983)*
Kay DeVon Adams (1933 - 2006)*
Rhea Jean Adams Mangum (1942 - 2013)*
Provo City Cemetery
Plot: Block 4 Lot 26
Maintained by: Aunt Jan
Originally Created by: Don Shelley
Record added: May 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53092407
Added: Feb. 27, 2013
My fourth cousin, sorry we never got a chance to meet.|
Added: Jan. 25, 2013
Thank you for serving during World War II. You were part of America's Greatest Generation. Rest In Peace. My father served in the Army Air Corps. With Respect,|
Kathie L. Webb Blair
Added: Nov. 3, 2012
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