Mr. Marvin "Gene" Adams, 82, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Gene was born Nov. 8, 1931, in Lancaster County, as one of eight children to the late Robert Thomas Adams and Lula Stewart Adams and was the husband of Josie Criminger Adams.
He enlisted into the U.S. Army
where he proudly served in the Korean War
as a staff sergeant. After serving his country and leaving the military, he worked for Springs Industries for 43 years before retiring.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he served as deacon. Spare time with the family was spent fishing, gardening and taking family vacations. Gene also loved woodworking and playing golf where he was fortunate enough to make two holes in one on the same hole.
Mr. Adams is survived by his wife of 59 years, Josie Criminger Adams; two daughters, Joey Adams Graves and her husband, David, of Rock Hill, and Paula Adams Patterson and her husband, Gary, of Columbia. He also leaves behind 17 grandchildren, Jason and Brittany Threatt, Brandi, Lexie and Adam Patterson, Marrisa Adams, Catylan, Beth, Crystal, Michael, Hope, Jennifer, Patrick, Branson, Coop and Lena; and eight great-grandchildren.
Mr. Adams was preceded in death by a son, Morris D. Adams; four brothers, Robert Adams, Thomas Adams, Ferris Adams and Glenn Adams; and three sisters, Ethel Kennington, Viola Kennington and Mazie Love.
The celebration of life funeral service for Mr. Adams was 2 p.m. Monday, May 26, at Calvary Baptist Church by the Rev. Jimmy Fox. Burial will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park.
The family of Mr. Adams will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. was Monday at the church and friends were also welcome at the home Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Music Department, P.O. Box 1116, Lancaster, SC 29721.
An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at www.burgessfunerals.com.
Burgess Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family of Mr. Adams.