John William Adams (1923 - 2014)

  • "I am so sorry for your loss. May the Most High God comfort..."
    - D McCarthy

Adams, John William John, age 90, was born in Galloway MO on 9/14/1923. The eldest child and only son of Eli J. Adams and Dora Tunnell Adams, he passed away on 3/9/2014. John is survived by Albina, his loving wife of 68 years; sisters Della Waymack and Imogene Neff of Ozark MO, and Wanda (Ross) Graves of Green Valley AZ; his sons Philip (Peggie) of Galena MO, Marshall of Albuquerque NM, and Victor of Plano TX; his grandchildren Angela (Jerry) Martilik of Dallas TX, Veronica Adams of Plano TX, John V Adams of Stillwater, OK; great-grandchildren Steele and Violet Martilik of Dallas TX; and extended family members Diane Adams of Plano TX and Kelly Strickland of Albuquerque NM. John served 4 years with the Army Air Force during World War II, worked 2 years as a streetcar motorman on Chicago's old red streetcars, and studied at The University of Chicago for 3 years. In 1952, he signed on with Southwestern Greyhound as a bus driver, beginning a 33 year transportation career. After 7 yeaers as a driver, he was prompted. He live in 6 different cities, and 8 different homes, serving Greyhound in 8 different supervisory positions before retiring as District Manager in Dallas TX in 1985. Despite his many years in management, his real passion was as bus driver for the Company as detailed in book he authored and published in 2001: "A Million Miles or More". John was a self-taught musician who loved bluegrass music, and his five string banjo. He also played the clarinet, accordion, harmonica, tuba, guitar, and mandolin. His family and neighbors enjoyed the many jam sessions he played with the family in the den and backyard of their home of 44 years in Plano TX. In 2012, John and Albina moved to Albuquerque for the weather, the scenery, and to be closer to their middle son who had retired there a year earlier. John, Billy, Brother, Dad, Papa, Super Papa will be greatly missed by his family and friends. We will miss hearing your stories. Rest in peace. We love you.


Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 16, 2014
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