Richard Clyde Adams (Rich), age 70, of Carthage died Sunday (November 29, 2015) at his home.

A visitation will be held at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Thursday . A graveside service will be at 2:00 PM Saturday , at the Wellborn Cemetery in Wellborn, FL. The service will be conducted by his cousin, Pastor David McKeithen of Antioch Baptist Church, Live Oak, FL.  Internment will be in the McKeithen Family Plot.

Born into a Military family in Thomasville, GA, on January 1, 1945, he was the firstborn son of the late Clyde P. Adams, LTC (Ret), USAF and Maggie Dell McKeithen Bartley. Rich grew up on a farm in Marathon, NY. He played trumpet in the High School band and was a member of the Class of 63.  He attended and graduated from Baylor University, where he played in the marching band, jazz band and participated in the Air Force ROTC.  He was asked by the band director to host an incoming transfer student for a night or two until the student was assigned a permanent room.  That student turned out to be the renowned trumpet player and future gospel musician, Phil Driscoll. After graduating with a degree in History, he then moved back to Marathon to teach junior high school for a couple of years. Later he moved to Florida where he continued teaching and worked for his uncle, Van Every McKeithen for several years.  After moving to Moore County in the 70’s he taught at Cameron and Vass-Lakeview elementary schools. He also worked with the Head Start program in Robbins for a couple years.

Rich attended Yates-Thagard Baptist Church and was a volunteer with the Circle V Fire Department. He enjoyed playing the trumpet and participated with the Moore Philharmonic Orchestra. After retirement from the county school system, he could also be spotted on many occasions eating either breakfast, lunch or dinner at Miller's Family Restaurant in Vass.

Rich, who never married, is survived by his brother James Adams of  Vass; a niece Christy Murray of Atlanta and nephew Michael Adams of Fayetteville; and numerous cousins in New York and Florida.  

Memorials may be made to: Yates-Thagard Baptist Church, 3820 Vass-Carthage Road, Carthage, NC 28327.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Adams family.



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  1. I was so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. I have many fond memories of the times we had together as teenagers. I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to visit with him after the alumni banquet in 2011. I am sure he will be missed by many.

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