Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church of Gadsden for Richard R. Adams (Dick) of Gadsden, who died Wednesday, June 11, 2008. The Revs. Ken Casey and Elton Beasley will officiate. Burial will be in Forrest Cemetery with Collier-Butler Funeral Home directing.
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Mr. Adams was a native of Zanesville, Ohio, and a resident of Gadsden since 1952. He had been a member of and served on the board of First United Methodist Church of Gadsden, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Southern Rubber Group, Holiday Club, Century Club and the Gadsden Country Club. Mr. Adams was an industrial engineer and a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He received graduated engineering training at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Adams served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. after 41 years of service, having assignments in Akron, Ohio; Havana, Cuba; Mexico City, Mexico; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and as technical superintendent in Gadsden.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Robert Moody, McLean, Va.; grandson, David Adams Moody, McLean, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Champ Blackwood, David Clokey, Bob Crabtree, Mandell Tillman and Johnny Wetzel.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck Davis, Pete Griffith, Don Hollar, G.W. Leach Jr. and Ted Talley.
The family will receive friends in the parlor in the First United Methodist Church of Gadsden one hour before the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Howell Erwin Medical Fund at the First United Methodist Church of Gadsden, 115 S. Fifth St., Gadsden, AL 35901.
Published in The Gadsden Times on June 15, 2008