Tommy Eugene Adams, age 72, of Cross Plains passed away at his home Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at the Burkett Cemetery in Burkett, Texas. Kevin Morton will officiate and Kathy Monroe will be assisting; music will be presented by 4 His Glory. |
He was born to Billy Mac and Ernestine (Sipes) Adams on Nov. 13, 1942 in Marshall, Texas. Tom was raised on the J. C. Bowden Ranch in Burkett, Texas.
He married Karen J. Walker in Big Spring on Aug. 19, 1966. She taught and coached at Goliad Jr. High.
He graduated from Cross Plains High in 1961 and Tarleton State College in 1965 with a composite social science degree with a minor in Education. Tom received his masters of education and administration certification in 1979 from Sul Ross.
Tom taught government and economics and coached varsity football at Big Spring High School, as well as American history. In 1981, he was Selected as an Omar Burleson Intern to work in Congressman Charles Stenholm's Washington, D.C., office during the month of July; he was also appointed as an archeological steward with the Texas Historical Commission.
From 1984-1993 Tom was the assistant principal at Big Spring High School. From 1993-1999 he served as assistant principal at Goliad Middle School, then from 1999-2004, he was principal of the Disciplinary Alternative School, Big Spring ISD (in cooperation with Coahoma ISD and Forsan ISD) and in charge of maintaining the dstrict's records in accordance with state guidelines.
In 2004, he retired from the school business and returned to northern Brown County, where he had been raised by his aunt and uncle, J.C. and Yunette. He and Karen began genealogy research with the Brownwood Genealogy Library and joined the Pecan Valley Genealogical Society. In 2010, he was selected as a member of the Brown County Historical Commission.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Adams of Cross Plains; two sons, Matt Adams of Houston and Shay Adams and wife Ashleigh of Copperas Cove; a daughter, Shawna Dobbs and husband Coley of Coahoma, Texas; and five grandchildren, Keegan Dobbs, Serena Dobbs, Sean Adams, Samuel Adams and Emma Adams.
Published in Big Spring Herald on Feb. 9, 2015