William H. Adams

November 18, 1932 ‒ December 18, 2006

Centerburg, Ohio

William Henry Adams, age 74 of Centerburg, passed away Monday, December 18, 2006 at Riverside Hospital in Columbus.

He leaves his loving wife Lou Ann of 31 years, 4 children: Charee Lark Adams (Jim Purdie) of New Albany, Eric Andrew Adams (Lisa) of Mt. Vernon, William Ryan Adams of Centerburg and Amber Dawn Adams of Centerburg, two Grandchildren Colton and Logan Adams, Brother David R. Adams (Anne) of Apple Valley, 2 Sisters: Joann Coder (Kenny) of Blue Rock, Ohio, Nancy Sparrow of Naples, Fl, and Brother-in-law: Elmer Pruitt.

Preceded in death by his parents; David and Fannie Adams, older Brother Arthur Adams, Sister Bonnie Pruitt and infant son Gregory William Adams.

A lifelong resident of Centerburg, Bill served in the Army for 3 years, trained with the 11th Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell KY, and served in the Korean Conflict for 14 months, 7 days with the 160th Infantry Reg 40th Division. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Ribbon with three battle Stars, among others. God Bless them that gave their all.

Bill had worked as a butcher for Cecil Hess and the Centerburg IGA and as a real estate agent with several Centerburg realty agencies. Having quit school as a young man to serve his country, he proudly graduated with the Centerburg High School Class of 2005 along with his youngest daughter Amber.

He was a Life Member and Past Commander of the Amvets Post 59 of Centerburg, A life member and Sr. Vice-Commander of the V. F. W. Post 4027 of Mt. Vernon. He was Past Commander of American Legion Post 460 and member for over 50 years. He was a dedicated member of the Knox County Joint Veterans Council serving as the service officer since their inception, performing Military Services for Deceased Veterans.

Dedicated to his fellow veterans, Bill was appointed to the Knox County Veterans Commission representing the American Legion Post and served as President for 2 ½ years during his 7 years of service.

He served as Mayor of Centerburg for 2 years and had served on the Centerburg city council. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church of Centerburg. He was a member of the Business Men’s Bowling League of Mt. Vernon for over 30 years and the V.F.W. golf league. He was a member of the Centerburg Conservation Club for 40 years.

Known for his green thumb he enjoyed gardening, especially tomatoes. One who always enjoyed himself, he will be remembered for his ornery character, positive attitude, and friendly nature, which spanned generations.

Hunting was Bill’s first love, especially deer hunting. He will be missed and remembered in several deer hunting camps. He passed on the art of deer hunting and butchering to many young hunters. Few men have had a more outreaching influence on the Centerburg community. He will be greatly missed by his friends who number many and his family, which loved him dearly.

Friends may call Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury, where services will follow Friday 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Robert Riggs officiating. Burial will follow in the Eastview Cemetery in Centerburg, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. Serving as pallbearers will be his adopted sons: Kevin Copley, Spencer Sheldon, Randy Bosworth, Travis Yoakam, Tyler and Brody Griffith.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, 1365 Yauger Rd., Suite 208, Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050

Condolences may be expressed at www. snyderfuneralhomes.com