DE LEON - Services for Jim Adams, 79, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at North Side Church in De Leon with Brother Alan Sadberry, Brother Heath Sylva, Brother Kenneth Wilson and Chaplain Mike Hannah officiating. 

Jim was born in Stephenville to Paul Doris Adams and Ruby Lee Gooding Adams. He married his loving wife of 56 years, Helen McCann Adams, Sept. 14, 1961 in Huckabay.

Jim proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War Era as a helicopter pilot and was honored to serve his country. He and Helen lived in De Leon in the late 1960s where he opened and managed the Duke and Ayers Store. 

They then lived in Erath County where they owned a dairy farm. They moved to Ozona and later to Sonora where he owned Jim’s Thriftway Grocery Store. 

They finally returned to De Leon in 1992 to settle. He worked for his dear friends, Jim and Linda Frank, at Frank’s Home Center until his retirement.

Jim and Helen were longtime members of North Side Baptist Church, De Leon. Jim was an ordained Baptist Preacher and loved sharing about the Lord with others. Jim devoted much of his time in life to serving his community. 

He served as mayor of De Leon for two terms, president of the Ozona React Team, state committee member serving alongside Governor Rick Perry, and held various other public service positions throughout the years. He enjoyed many hobbies including camping and fishing, wood working, gardening, and growing beautiful flowers (especially roses). Jim always delighted in telling stories and sharing funny jokes with others. 

He was quite a comedian and always had a smile on his face. He loved all animals, especially his dogs. He was a master of all trades and could fix just about anything. He was kind and generous hearted always offering help to those in need or less fortunate. His family was the greatest joy in his life and he was always his happiest while spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He was a devoted husband, loving father, doting grandfather, loyal friend and neighbor, and involved community member. He will be missed by so many that knew and loved him.

He is survived by his son, Paul Adams and wife, Jacque; daughters, Regenia Sadberry and husband, Alan, Elania Lingle and husband, Carroll, and Jeannie Howard and husband, Quentin; grandchildren, Eric and Monica Lingle, Meagan Landry, Braxton Sadberry, Lacy Lingle and Jay Urban, Auston and Samantha Sadberry, Corinna and Jordan Willis, Dallas and Mitchell McGarr, Brittany Cruz and Travis Hampton, and Caleb Cruz; great-grandchildren, Bentley Lingle, Aiden Senn. Chase Senn, Diana Medina, Austin Gonzales and Tori Gonzales; great-great grandchildren, Jonah and Anthony; brothers, Lloyd Earl Adams and wife, Sue, and Richard Adams and wife, Beth; sister, Margie Gazaway; numerous nieces and nephews; and other extended family. Jim was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Helen Adams (2018); parents, Paul and Ruby Adams; brothers, Bob Adams, CH Adams, Paul Adams and Carroll Adams.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at  501 St. Jude Place • Memphis, TN 38105, to the Animal Humane Society, or to Hico Volunteer Fire Department at PO Box 383, Hico, Tx 76457.