FAYETTE Bennie Bruce Adams, age 89, of Fayette, died Jan. 17, 2012, at Northport Medical Center-DCH. Services will be 11 a.m. today at Nelson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lamar Cox, Bro. James Walden, and Bro. Jarrett Lovelace officiating. Burial will follow in Fayette Memorial Gardens with Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directing.
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He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Dean Black Adams; an infant son, Bennie Carl Adams; his son, Billy Ray Perkins; his parents, Robert and Flossie Adams; two brothers, James and George Rushing; and one sister, Willie Trentacoste.
Survivors include his daughter, Janet Bobo (Joel); four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Bennie Bruce Adams was born in Tuscaloosa County but grew up in the Sapps community in Pickens County, Alabama. He answered Uncle Sam's call to World War II at the age of 19 and was described by one of his Texas training officers as "one of those gritty boys from the land of turnip greens and cornbread." He served with the 81st Chemical Mortar Battalion under the leadership of Gen. Omar Bradley and later under Gen. George Patton. He landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He fought in many battles across France and Central Europe, including The Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged in October 1945. Following the war he settled in Fayette, Alabama where he worked as a Forest Ranger with the Alabama State Forestry Commission. He enjoyed his family, camping, fishing, coon hunting, deer hunting, Alabama football, and Atlanta Braves baseball. His military battalion's motto simply but profoundly describes the way he lived as he was indeed "Equal to the Task". He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Pallbearers will be Vince Perkins, Vance Perkins, Shawn Phillips, Clay Junkin, Brandon Perkins, and Will Perkins.
Honorary pallbearers are Carly Phillips, Katie Beth Phillips, Kendall Phillips, Jacie Junkin, Trace Junkin, Eleanor Perkins, Bryant Perkins, Dr. Jon Sanford and staff, and residents and staff at Morningside of Fayette.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on January 19, 2012