PEORIA - Johnie David Adams, 84, of West Plains, Mo., formerly of Peoria, died at 10:20 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Baxter Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Family Life Church in Dora, Mo., under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains, Mo.
He was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Perry, Okla., to Marshal and Rosa Bell Wade Adams.
He graduated from Dora High School and then joined the Army Air Corps.
On Nov. 18, 1950, he was married in Peoria, Ill., to the love of his life, Darlene Ellen Strum.
His numerous occupations included bus driver, car salesman, draftsman, carpenter and farmer; but his greatest achievement was making friends and being a friend.
He was a musician, song leader and Sunday school teacher at Dora Family Life Church.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman who could never keep his secret places a secret.
His love and dedication to his family was only surpassed by his love for God.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene Adams of the family home; two sons, Terry (Jean) Adams of Callaway, Neb., and Ron (Pam) Adams of West Plains, Mo.; six grandchildren, Laura and Travis Adams of West Plains, Taylor Swink of Springfield, Mo., Michelle Schwartz of North Platte, Neb., Tami Albrecht of St. Augustine, Fla., and Jason Adams of Lincoln, Neb.; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Marshall (Joyce) of Groveland, Ill.; numerous nieces and nephews; and all the members of Dora Family Life Church who were considered part of his family, "where everybody is somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord."