2012-03-22 / Obituaries


Ronnie Dale Adams, 63, of St. Stephens died March 20, 2012 at Springhill Memorial Hospital in Mobile following a long illness with heart disease.

He was born May 25, 1948, in Gilbertown to Jasper Crayton Adams and Helen Irene Wiggins. He attended Gilbertown Junior High School, and graduated in 1966 from Southern Choctaw High School in Silas. He was captain of the Southern Choctaw Indians football team as well as being recognized as an allstate football and baseball player.

He received an Associates of Arts degree from Patrick Henry Junior College as well as Bachelor of Science, Masters of Education, and Education Specialist degrees from Livingston University, where he was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity.

He retired from the Clarke County Public School System in 2001, after 28 years of service. During his tenure, he taught third grade at Gillmore Elementary School and taught math and computer science at Jackson Middle School. He was also a school bus driver.

As a member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church, he served on the Administrative Board, as a Sunday School teacher, and as an MYF Counselor. He had also served on the Superintendency Committee for the Mobile District of the United Methodist Church and on the North Mobile Planning Council.

He was honorably discharged from the Alabama National Guard having obtained the rank of Sergeant. He served in the 1165th MP Company in Butler, Alabama and Thomasville.

In addition, he coached the Clarke Mills team of the Jackson Little League for approximately 15 years and served as president of the Jackson Pee Wee Football Association as well as coach for the Gold Midgets. He was also a member of the Leroy High School football team’s “Chain Gang.” He was a member of the Washington County Industrial Board.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Cecilia Faith Alston Adams; one daughter, Ashlie Faith Adams (Alex) Flowers, St. Stephens; two sons, Dr. William Alston Adams, Hamilton, Ohio, Jonathan Melton Adams, Charlotte, North Carolina; one brother, Phillip Wayne (Jean) Adams, Jackson; two sisters, Hazel Irene Adams (Perry) Phillips, Orange Beach, Glenda Ruth Adams (Norman) Messina, Gulf Shores; two grandchildren, Haas Alexander Flowers, Margaret Faith Flowers, St. Stephens.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 22 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. at Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson and from 1:00 p.m. to the 2:00 p.m. service Friday, March 23 at the St. Stephens United Methodist Church in St. Stephens with Revs. Van Bush and James Watkins officiating. Burial will be in the St. Stephens United Methodist Church Cemetery.

An online guest book may be signed at www.lathanfuneralhomes.com.

Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson will direct.


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