Joseph Ronald Adamson
Joseph Ronald Adamson, age 73, died April 18, 2014 in Viera, FL while in hospice care.
Ron, a native Nashvillian, graduated from Issac Litton High School in 1958 and entered the US Air Force. He trained in aircraft electronics, radio communications, aerospace sciences, earned his BS and Masters, and spent his Air Force career designing, trouble-shooting, and repairing communication systems all over the world. He earned rank of MSGT, was a Master Instructor and worked in public relations and recruiting.
Blessed with incredible musical talent, Ron mastered the electric guitar and constructed his own amplification systems in high school. While in the Air Force, Ron played in a musical group called the TRI-TONES. In 1963 they were National Winners in the Air Force Talent Contest in Los Angeles.
Retiring from the Air Force after 22 years, Ron returned to Nashville. Advancing in private industry Ron soon began a 2nd career with our nation's space shuttle program as an engineer for United Space Alliance, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He loved his work, and everyday enjoyed being involved with the space shuttle.
Ron continued to play music and developed a passion for the organ in later years, playing concerts for friends and family until it was no longer possible because of the devastation of Parkinson's Lewy Body Dementia.
Mr. Adamson is survived by his wife of 30 years, Janette Phelps Adamson; son, Alan Adamson of Midlothian, Texas; daughter, Lisa Adamson of Swainsboro, Georgia; stepsons, Michael and Matthew Childress; and 6 beloved grandchildren, all from Knoxville, TN; and numerous nieces and nephews from Nashville.
Ron was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary; his parents, Leslie Clayton and Mamie Mingle Adamson; and, his sisters, Nell Harris, Wilma Briggs and Elberta Pritchett. His brother, George Monroe Adamson, US ARMY, (Purple Heart Silver Star) was killed in action in Germany in 1945.
Interment will be May 24th, at 11 a.m., at the Nashville National Cemetery. A Memorial service will follow in Mt. Juliet at Covenent Fellowship Nazarene Church at 12:30 p.m., with reception following.
Published in The Tennessean on May 18, 2014