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Richard Dunlap Adams

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9 Jul 2005 (aged 82)
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Orange, Orange County, Texas, USA Add to Map
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The Beaumont Enterprise (TX), 11 July 2005, Monday

Richard "Dick" Dunlap Adams passed early Saturday morning, July 9, 2005 at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Beaumont after an extended illness. He was 82.

He was born March 22, 1923 to a banker/real estate broker, John Quincy Adams and Ruth Dunlap Adams in Pangburn, Arkansas. J. Q. Adams married Gertrude Van Patten as his second wife in 1926 after the death of his first wife.

Adams spent his early youth in Bald Knob, Arkansas until the family moved to Searcy, Arkansas where Adams attended high school and his first year of college. Adams attended Harding College in Searcy before joining the Navy during World War II. While in the Navy, Adams served as a gunners mate assigned to various merchant marine convoys circling the globe. Though he never encountered the enemy, his experiences in WWII formed a lasting impression on the young man from Arkansas, and provided inspiration for a lifetime of tales and anecdotes. Following WWII, Adams returned back to the heartland and attended Oklahoma A&M where he received his Bachelors Degree in Architecture. In 1951 Adams struck out in search of work. His search led him to the Gulf Coast and Orange, Texas which became his home for the next half century.

In Orange, Adams found the love of his life in Alexine Boudreaux Hughes, a young school teacher and widower with two small children. They were soon joined in a marriage that would sustain their family for over 50 years.

Upon arriving in Orange, Adams originally worked for Ramsey and Kantz detailing structural steel fabrications. After just a few years he left his original employer to join Livingston Ship Building Company engineering department where he performed structural and piping engineering design, production and management for most of his professional years.

The year 1976 brought a change in direction for Adams and [he] bought Green's Paint Store, creating Adams Paint and Decorating. The small shop on the corner of Park Avenue and 8th Street became his work place for some of his most treasured years. During this time, Adams worked closely with the people of the community and found joy in learning from his customers while serving their needs. These times were further enriched as he worked side by side with his beloved son, Quincy. Adams retired and sold the paint store following Quincy's death in 1984.

Adams was very active in the community. His love of people and generous spirit kept him involved throughout the years. His creativity, dedication and sense of humor made him welcome all over town. Organizations where he invested his talents, time and energy include the Boy Scouts, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, Kiwanas, Golder Kiwanas, United Way, Orange Christian Services, Knights of Columbus and the Orange Planning and Zoning Commission. Some of his happiest times were designing and painting sets for the Orange Community Players. He was a member of Saint Maryis Catholic Church where he has served in the choir, on the parish council and as a lector. His interest included painting, art, singing, fishing, boating, dominos and bridge, as long as they did not interfere with his sacrosanct Thursday night gatherings for small stakes poker.

Adams, who was most proud of his large family, is survived by his wife, Alexine of Orange, his daughters Joan Smith of Portland, OR, Ann Moon and husband Larry of Austin, TX and Amy Simmons and husband Art of Wichita, KS and his sons William NBilli, B. H. Adams and wife Gail of Bridge City, TX and Richard, Jr of Vienna, VA. He is also survived by his sisters Esther B. Martin of Huntsville, AL and Mary Day of Chicago, IL.

Adams' surviving grandchildren include Monica Sievertsen and husband Scott and Lana Smith of Portland, OR, Sarah Bell, Tyler and Sam Adams of Bridge City, TX, Kira and Brooke Adams of Vienna, VA, Alan, Jake and Lauren Moon of Austin, TX and Emma and Quincy Simmons of Wichita, KS. Surviving great grandchildren include Jake Bell of Bridge City, TX and Maeve Sievertsen of Portland, OR.

Adams also took great pleasure in his extended family including his edaughteri Kathy Conway Valka of Groves, TX and generations of cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and close friends.

Visitation will begin Monday at 6:00 p.m. followed by a wake service at 7:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 12th. at St. Maryis Catholic Church in Orange.

Serving as pallbearers will be Alan Moon, Jacob Moon, Quincy Simmons, Samuel Adams, Lowell Boudreaux and Raymond Saunders.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial gifts to the Saint Maryis School Foundation, 912 Cherry Street in Orange. 504 N. 5th St. Orange, TX 77611 409-735-7631 claybarfuneralhome.com
TMSI [38596]: M12227G-Grandson of Nicholas Meriwether & Elizabeth (?) Meriwether Browne.
The Beaumont Enterprise (TX), 11 July 2005, Monday

Richard "Dick" Dunlap Adams passed early Saturday morning, July 9, 2005 at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Beaumont after an extended illness. He was 82.

He was born March 22, 1923 to a banker/real estate broker, John Quincy Adams and Ruth Dunlap Adams in Pangburn, Arkansas. J. Q. Adams married Gertrude Van Patten as his second wife in 1926 after the death of his first wife.

Adams spent his early youth in Bald Knob, Arkansas until the family moved to Searcy, Arkansas where Adams attended high school and his first year of college. Adams attended Harding College in Searcy before joining the Navy during World War II. While in the Navy, Adams served as a gunners mate assigned to various merchant marine convoys circling the globe. Though he never encountered the enemy, his experiences in WWII formed a lasting impression on the young man from Arkansas, and provided inspiration for a lifetime of tales and anecdotes. Following WWII, Adams returned back to the heartland and attended Oklahoma A&M where he received his Bachelors Degree in Architecture. In 1951 Adams struck out in search of work. His search led him to the Gulf Coast and Orange, Texas which became his home for the next half century.

In Orange, Adams found the love of his life in Alexine Boudreaux Hughes, a young school teacher and widower with two small children. They were soon joined in a marriage that would sustain their family for over 50 years.

Upon arriving in Orange, Adams originally worked for Ramsey and Kantz detailing structural steel fabrications. After just a few years he left his original employer to join Livingston Ship Building Company engineering department where he performed structural and piping engineering design, production and management for most of his professional years.

The year 1976 brought a change in direction for Adams and [he] bought Green's Paint Store, creating Adams Paint and Decorating. The small shop on the corner of Park Avenue and 8th Street became his work place for some of his most treasured years. During this time, Adams worked closely with the people of the community and found joy in learning from his customers while serving their needs. These times were further enriched as he worked side by side with his beloved son, Quincy. Adams retired and sold the paint store following Quincy's death in 1984.

Adams was very active in the community. His love of people and generous spirit kept him involved throughout the years. His creativity, dedication and sense of humor made him welcome all over town. Organizations where he invested his talents, time and energy include the Boy Scouts, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, Kiwanas, Golder Kiwanas, United Way, Orange Christian Services, Knights of Columbus and the Orange Planning and Zoning Commission. Some of his happiest times were designing and painting sets for the Orange Community Players. He was a member of Saint Maryis Catholic Church where he has served in the choir, on the parish council and as a lector. His interest included painting, art, singing, fishing, boating, dominos and bridge, as long as they did not interfere with his sacrosanct Thursday night gatherings for small stakes poker.

Adams, who was most proud of his large family, is survived by his wife, Alexine of Orange, his daughters Joan Smith of Portland, OR, Ann Moon and husband Larry of Austin, TX and Amy Simmons and husband Art of Wichita, KS and his sons William NBilli, B. H. Adams and wife Gail of Bridge City, TX and Richard, Jr of Vienna, VA. He is also survived by his sisters Esther B. Martin of Huntsville, AL and Mary Day of Chicago, IL.

Adams' surviving grandchildren include Monica Sievertsen and husband Scott and Lana Smith of Portland, OR, Sarah Bell, Tyler and Sam Adams of Bridge City, TX, Kira and Brooke Adams of Vienna, VA, Alan, Jake and Lauren Moon of Austin, TX and Emma and Quincy Simmons of Wichita, KS. Surviving great grandchildren include Jake Bell of Bridge City, TX and Maeve Sievertsen of Portland, OR.

Adams also took great pleasure in his extended family including his edaughteri Kathy Conway Valka of Groves, TX and generations of cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and close friends.

Visitation will begin Monday at 6:00 p.m. followed by a wake service at 7:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 12th. at St. Maryis Catholic Church in Orange.

Serving as pallbearers will be Alan Moon, Jacob Moon, Quincy Simmons, Samuel Adams, Lowell Boudreaux and Raymond Saunders.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial gifts to the Saint Maryis School Foundation, 912 Cherry Street in Orange. 504 N. 5th St. Orange, TX 77611 409-735-7631 claybarfuneralhome.com
TMSI [38596]: M12227G-Grandson of Nicholas Meriwether & Elizabeth (?) Meriwether Browne.


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