Clyde “Richard” Adams, Jr.

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 6, 2020

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May 13,1968 – March 3, 2020

NATCHEZ — Memorial services for Clyde Richard Adams Jr., 51, of Natchez, who died Tuesday March 3, 2020, in Natchez will be held at Laird Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. until time of service Sunday March 8, at Laird Funeral Home.

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Richard was employed with Fred Netterville Lumber company in timber sales. An avid sportsman in all respects, he loved the woods, deer hunting, bass fishing, and LSU sports — especially LSU football.

A graduate of Trinity Episcopal Day School, Richard lettered in varsity football, basketball and track. However, Richard received his first “letter jacket” at 6 years old as the manager of the iconic 36-0 Overall State Basketball Championship Team. He never missed a beat in “Assisting” his Daddy, who was named one of the most successful coaches in the Mississippi Private School Association in the 1970’s. As Richard accepted his father’s Hall of Fame award, he mentioned that those coaching days were some of the greatest moments in our entire family’s memories and especially in his heart.

Richard proudly served the United States Air Force as a Senior Air Traffic Controller, taking great pride in having trained many air traffic controllers. Richard served one tour of duty in Korea.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde R. Adams Sr. and Carolyn Rosenberg Adams, grandparents Irene and Herman Rosenberg, Carrie Foster Adams and Curtis P. Adams. As well as other family: Mildred and Vernon Smith, Doris Bass and Larry Bass, Curtis Adams and Carolyn Adams.

He is survived by what he considered his greatest accomplishment, his cherished daughter Mary Ashleigh Adams Butler (Luke Butler), granddaughter Paisley Jean Butler, sister Cara Rene’ Adams (Margaret Perkins), Tammy Colvin Adams, his daughter’s mother, stepsons Cody Shappley (Katie) and Hunter Shappley, cousins Vernon E. Smith (Peggy), Richard C. “Ricky” (Micki) Smith and Tanna Davis (Vidal). Extended family Jan & Danny Yates, Cindy & Brian Clark, Monica & Monty Mayo and special friend Noelle Speed.

Honorary Pallbearers: Robbie Gardner, John Redhead, Charlie Felder, Jim Mears,

Lee Charpentier, Danny Yates, Taylor Yates, Richard McKinney, Monty Mayo, Patrick Honeycutt, Jim Smith, Danny Walden, Tommy Hudnall, Mark Peggler and the Netterville Lumber Family: Charlie, Matthew, Seth and staff.

Richard will forever be remembered for his dazzling smile and beautiful blue eyes. Despite losing the battle with cancer, his “Game Plan” and attitude were an inspiration. A very special thank you to all that extended prayers and contributions to him. It touched him very deeply.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in loving memory of Richard.

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