Richard Lee "Ricky" Adams Jr.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Black Creek Baptist Church for Richard "Ricky" Lee Adams Jr., 31, Gadsden, who passed away Feb. 18, 2013. Mr. Adams will lie in state one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Chris Connell will officiate. Burial will be at Black Creek Cemetery. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services is directing.
Ricky was born in Gadsden June 6, 1981. He graduated from Etowah High School in 1999. Following high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the reserves proudly for approximately eight years, where he was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received various commendations and Marine Corps Achievement medals, including: Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 18, 2007.
He was formerly employed at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. He was saved at Black Creek Baptist Church and a member of Fairview Baptist Church. He was a great son and father. He will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends, especially Levi and Molly and his parents. He was a very special person with a heart of gold. We love you Ricky; you will forever live in our hearts. God bless. "Semper Fi!"
Ricky is survived by his son, Levi Adams; daughter, Molly Kate Adams; mother, Joan (Donnie "Champ") England; father, Richard (Becky) Adams; brothers, Greg (Michelle) England and Nate Adams; sister, Amanda (Kyle) Blackwell; uncles, James Foster, Jerry Foster, Stanley Adams, Jeffrey Adams, Jimmy Adams and Randall Adams; and aunts, Avis Nelson and Linda (Neil) Brooks.
Pallbearers will be Greg England, Kyle Blackwell, Stanly Adams, Jeffrey Adams, Terry "Ratchet" Gibbs and Luke England.
Honorary pallbearers will be Randall Adams, Jason Walden, and all friends and Goodyear associates.
Special thanks to the Gadsden Police Department and Riverview Medical Center ER, especially Robert Maltby and other EMS.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.collier-butler.com.

Funeral Home

Collier-Butler Funeral Home
824 Rainbow Drive Gadsden, AL 35901
(256) 543-2140

Published in The Gadsden Times on Feb. 20, 2013