John William Adams

John William Adams

John, age 90, was born in Galloway, MO on September 14, 1923. The eldest child and only son of Eli J. Adams and Dora Tunnell Adams, he passed away on March 9, 2014.

John is survived by Albina, his loving wife of 68 years; sisters Della Waymack and Imogene Neff, of Ozark, MO, and Wanda (Ross) Graves of Green Valley, AZ; his sons Phillip (Peggie), of Galena, MO, Marshall of Albuquerque, NM, and Victor of Plano, TX; his grandchildren Angela (Jerry) Martilik, of Dallas, TX, Veronica Adams, of Plano, TX, John V. Adams, of Stillwater, OK; great-grandchildren Steele and Violet Martilik, of Dallas, TX; and extended family members Diane Adams, of Plano, TX and Kelly Strickland, of Albuquerque, NM.

John served 4 years with the Army Air Force during World War II, worked 2 years as a streetcar motorman on Chicago's old red streetcars, and studied at The University of Chicago for 3 years. In 1952, he signed on with Southwestern Greyhound as a bus driver, beginning a 33 year transportation career. After 7 years as a driver, he was promoted. He lived in 6 different cities, and 8 different homes, serving Greyhound in 8 different supervisory positions before retiring as District Manager, in Dallas, TX, in 1985. Despite his many years in management, his real passion was as bus driver for the Company as detailed in a book he authored and published in 2001: "A Million Miles or More."

John was a self-taught musician who loved bluegrass music, and his five string banjo. He also played the clarinet, accordion, harmonica, tuba, guitar, and mandolin. His family and neighbors enjoyed the many jam sessions he played with the family in the den and backyard of their home of 44 years, in Plano, TX.

In 2012, John and Albina moved to Albuquerque for the weather, the scenery, and to the closer to their middle son who had retired there a year earlier. John, Billy, Brother, Dad, Papa, Super Papa will be greatly missed by his family and friends. We will miss hearing your stories. Rest in peace. We love you!

Published in the News-Leader on Mar. 16, 2014