Former county commissioner Adams diesPublished 5:05pm Friday, April 12, 2013
Former Elmore County Commissioner E.J. “Junior” Adams passed away Friday at his home.
He was 82.
Adams, who lived in the Kowaliga area, served on the commission from 1984 to 1989. He was the founder and first chief of the Kowaliga Volunteer Fire Department.
Adams was the father of Jim Adams, longtime teacher, coach and principal of Elmore County High in Eclectic and grandfather of current Holtville High football coach Hunter Adams.
Hunter Adams called his grandfather “a mentor, role model, teacher and friend, who watched over, provided for and protected his family the way God intended a man to.”
“He was a man who gave so much and kept so little,” Hunter Adams said of his PawPaw. “He was always willing to do without so others never went without. He never delegated work to others, even to a fault.”
Daughter Angie Turner said he was a very quiet man, “but when he spoke, we all listened.”
Longtime neighbor Mack Daugherty, also a former county commissioner, said Adams was “one of the finest men I have ever known.”
Daugherty said they were close neighbors more than 40 years, and that there “was probably not a kid in the community that didn’t grow up hunting with Junior Adams.”
“He was a man of impeccable character and will be sorely missed,” Daugherty said. “He was totally devoted to serving his community and county.”
“It saddens me when any former commissioner passes away because I know what kind of person it takes to serve in this role,” said Commission Chairman Joe Faulk (D4). “It takes dedication and integrity, and I’m sorry to hear of his passing.”
Faulk extended the thoughts and prayers of all members of county government to Adams’ family.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 14, from 2:30 to 3 p.m. at Prospect Baptist Church in Kowaliga. Funeral services are Sunday at 3 p.m. at Prospect Baptist Church with Bro. David Jones officiating.