ASHEVILLE - Richard Edward "Dick" Adams, 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 24, 2011, at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris Johnston Adams; his twin sister, Ruth Moyle, of Endicott, NY; his four children, Cathy Adams, of Asheville, Tom 'Buck' Adams (Jane Harvey) of Vestal, NY, Karen Graham of Clayton, NC, and Tammy Adams, of Asheville. He is also survived by eight grandchildren - Jaime (Kenny) McKee of Asheville, Sgt. Jason Binde of Honolulu, HI, Misty Adams of Endicott, NY, Bret Loefstedt of Asheville, Garrett Adams of Vestal, NY, Gage Adams of Vestal, NY, Colin Graham of Asheville, and Claire Graham of Clayton, NC; brothers-in-law Ellis Johnston and Robert Johnston, of Binghamton, NY; sister-in-law June (James) Johnston, of Windsor, NY; many nieces and nephews; and his first great-grandson, expected in August 2011.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Sadie Adams, of Binghamton, NY; brothers, sisters, and their spouses, William H. (Vera) Adams, of Cornwall on Hudson, NY, Rose (Wilmer) Talbut, of Endicott, NY, Florence (Bert) Wright, of Johnson City, NY, George W. (Genevieve) Adams of Binghamton, NY, Fred L. (Lee) Adams, of Richmond, VA, Frank H. (Eunice) Adams, of Scottsburg, OR, Charles Adams, Lillian (Jack) Morse, of Castle Creek, NY, Dorothy Nickerson, of Johnson City, NY, Ethel Adams; brothers-in-law Daniel (Ruth) Moyle, Jr., Earl Johnston, Eugene Johnston, James R. Johnston; sisters-in-law Lucy (Ellis) Johnston, Alfreda (Earl) Johnston, and Joyce (Robert) Johnston; a surrogate mother, Sylvia Cornelius, of Conklin, NY; and his beloved Rusty.
Mr. Adams was born and raised in Binghamton, NY, the son of Frederick Lucien Adams and Sadie Lucille Malcolm Adams. He and his sister, Ruthie, were the youngest of twelve children. He joined the U.S. Navy
in 1947 as a radio operator. He left the Navy briefly in 1952, but re-joined in 1956 as a Communications Technician, and, eventually, a Cryptographer. His travels took him all over the globe, to include Taiwan, Germany, and Maine, where he was commissioned an officer in 1965. He went on to tours on Adak, AK, Puerto Rico, the Phillipines, and Washington, D.C., attached to the Naval Security Group, where he retired as Lieutenant Commander after 23 years of service, in 1973. His many medals include the Good Conduct Medal (2 Stars), Navy Occupation Medal, National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal.
In 1974, Dick and his wife, Doris, retired to Whitney Point, NY, until 1986, when they moved to Asheville, where they have resided for the past 24 years.
Friends and family remember Dick as a man of great humor with a quick, dry wit, a family trait shared by his brothers and sisters, which made family gatherings very entertaining. Dick was a devoted husband and father. He was passionate in his beliefs and causes, compassionate beyond reason, with widespread generosity, a man of great integrity and intelligence, who was a fierce advocate for childrens' rights. He formed the Asheville chapter of ACES (Association for Children for Enforcement of Support) and was guardian ad litem for several years.
No services are planned at this time. Friends who wish may make donations to Navy Memorial Fund or
in Richard's memory. A guest book is available online at ashevillemortuaryservice.com