Jack Aaron Adams

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sept. 10, 1915 – Sept. 10, 2012

FERRIDAY — Services for Jack Aaron Adams, 97, who died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Young’s Funeral Home in Ferriday with the Rev. Tony Ganey officiating.

Burial will follow at the Natchez City Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home.

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Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Adams was born Sept. 10, 1915, in Roseboro, Ark., the son of Simpson Hosea and Jerusha Bankston Adams. He was the second child in a family of eight children.

He moved to Bastrop, La., at the age of 11, where he grew into a young man. This was during the great depression era, they were poor farmers. In his third year of high school he had to quit to help support his family.

During his lifetime, he worked on a farm; hauled pulpwood; worked in a grocery store; worked on a dredge boat of the Mississippi River; drove a bus; worked on the railroad section crew; served 38 months in the U.S. Navy on a Navy destroyer during World War II; was a roughneck on a drilling rig; owned and operated an offshore wireline business for 25 years as well as Rowlin-Adams Automotive dealership in Natchez. In 1943, he married the love of his life, Clara Cereste Rabb. The Lord gave them five beautiful children.

Mr. Adams was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ferriday and served as a deacon. He was the former past president of the Natchez Kiwanis Club, former member of the Ferriday Kiwanis Club, a charter member of the Ferriday Country Club as well as a 32nd Degree Mason. In 1938, he and his brother rode a freight train to Sacramento, Calif., and back on $30.

He lived most of his life in Concordia Parish where he could enjoy his hobbies of hunting and fishing.

“The Lord has blessed me with a long and happy life, a loving family and wonderful friends. There is no reason for tears at my funeral, just rejoice for me and the happy life I have lived.”

Mr. Adams was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Clara Adams; precious son, Theo Rabb Adams; his parents; three sisters, Jane Adams, Nell Goodyear and Mary Jane Bradshaw; and three brothers, Billy Joe Adams, Bob Adams and Jackob Adams.

Survivors include two daughters, Jackie Adams Young and husband, Leo, and Clara Brown; two sons, Buddy Adams and wife, Mary Ann, and Tim Adams and wife, Nola; his very special friend, Frenchie Smith; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Joe Irvin, Morris Rabb, Mike Rabb, Hobbs Brown, Aaron Mulvihill and Daniel Mulvihill.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of First Baptist Church of Ferriday.

Online condolences may be sent to www.youngsfh.com.