Emma Josephine Adcock

March 4, 1940January 10, 2021
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Emma Josephine Fulton Adcock went home to be with our Lord Jesus on Sunday, January 10, at the age of 80. She passed peacefully at home after more than six years of both winning and losing in her courageous battle with cancer.

Emma “Jo” was born in Dardanelle, Arkansas, to Oma Leota George Fulton and William Lloyd Fulton on March 4, 1940. Most of her growing up years were spent in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated from Central High School in 1957 and attended Arkansas State University before her marriage in 1959 to her young Army officer and sweetheart, Jerry Wayne Adcock.

Being an Army wife meant frequent moves and so Jo held various jobs across her career. She was a church secretary, school secretary, and a school district administrative assistant. She worked in the contracts department for Tetra Pak for many years and ended her career as the Safety & Compliance Administrator for Jostens, Inc. in the Dallas area where she and Jerry ultimately settled after his retirement from the military. Jo and Jerry enjoyed many happy years of full retirement in the Lake Fork, Texas, community where they attended Lake Fork Baptist Church and were active in their neighborhood association. Jo most looked forward to hosting many wonderful gatherings of family and friends at their beautiful lakeside home, creating so many wonderful and lasting memories for everyone.

All who knew and loved Jo will remember her beautiful smile and her selfless love and tireless devotion to her family. In their retirement, she and Jerry put thousands of miles on their cars driving to their grandchildren’s football, baseball, basketball, and soccer games and were sideline favorites of all who gathered there. She and Jerry also rarely missed a band performance, orchestra or choir concert, or any of the many award ceremonies and graduation ceremonies for their grandchildren. Proverbs 17:6 tells us that grandchildren are the crown of the aged. Jo’s grandchildren were her precious crown. She “wore” them around and considered them far more beautiful than any priceless jewels. Her children’s and grandchildren’s friends were always welcomed in her home and always treated like family. The number of people, young and old, who affectionately called her “Gran” was far greater than her own seven grandchildren.

Emma Jo is survived by her loving husband, Jerry Wayne Adcock; three children, Jeffry Adcock (wife Michelle), Jill Adcock Barclay (husband Bret), Joy Adcock McHargue (husband Patrick); 7 grandchildren, Christopher Adcock (Marissa), Garrett Adcock (Natalie), John Houston, Scott Houston (Traci), Rachel Barclay Brachtenbach (Steve), Benjamin Barclay (Shannon), Kaitlin McHargue Fedro (Evan); 6 great grandchildren, Emery and Jackie Adcock, Lily and Thomas Houston, and Samuel and Hannah Brachtenbach. She is also survived by her sister Joy Dillahunty (husband Bud) and brother Claude Fulton (wife Karen Fulton). She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Peggy Lou Fulton Poteet.

Funeral services for Emma Jo will be held on Saturday, January 23, at the Ted Dickey West Funeral Home. The family welcomes you to leave messages for her family and see the details of the service at:


23 January

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ted Dickey West Funeral Home

7990 President George Bush
Dallas, TX 75252

27 January

Graveside Service

10:15 am - 10:45 am

DFW National Cemetery

2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75211


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Kaitlin Fedro

January 18, 2021

When I was young, I had a very love-worn bear called Puffy. Puffy came with me everywhere and was such a source of comfort for me. Rubbing Puffy’s tag between my fingers soothed me when I was anxious. One day while staying with Gran and Granddad, Puffy’s tag fell off. I’m sure I was distraught, but Gran knew just what to do. She took me into her closet and let me feel every tag in every shirt until I found the perfect one. She carefully cut it from her shirt and sewed it onto Puffy to replace the one I’d worn away. I remember sitting with her at the kitchen counter while she worked to repair my beloved bear, teaching me that with a little creativity and effort, every crisis can be resolved.

Gran had a gift for making everyone around her feel safe and loved. The way she cherished the ones she loved has left a lasting mark on each of our lives. We miss you, Gran, and we will carry you with us in our hearts until we are reunited with you in Heaven.

Holly Moll

January 18, 2021

Jerry, Jeff, Joy, Jill and family-

What a special lady Jo was and will be missed by so many! We will always remember her warmth, humor, strength and the way she loved her family and ALWAYS welcomed ours. The wonderful times we spent at the Lake House enjoying her hospitality will be cherished for years to come.

We loved watching the slide show-such a beautiful reflection of Jo and the incredible family she and Jerry created. We pray these memories will comfort you all in the days ahead.

Much Love,
Holly, Greg, Jake & Alex Moll

Nancy Lumbra

January 18, 2021

Jo and Jerry have built a strong family foundation for which we are grateful. This foundation shines through your grandchildren. Shannon reminded me of their rehearsal dinner night when Jo brought her chair around to the front of the table where she began to tell stories about Ben. I believe one was where he hid money in the furniture? It was a lovely time to hear these stories. She fought the good fight over the last 6 years; she has earned her restful peace. Our prayers go out to Jerry, Jeff, Jill, Joy and all of their families. Love, Dan and Nancy Lumbra

Shannon Barclay

January 17, 2021

Gran had a way of making everyone feel like family. The first time I met her and grandad, she made sure to tell me “Love you” before I left - a memory I’ll never forget.
She always had plenty of advice and memories available to share. My favorite memory was at our rehearsal dinner, when she displayed this gift with our combined family and friends. She had the whole room laughing very quickly, but she didn’t stop until all of Ben’s childhood shenanigans had been shared.
We love you, Gran. And we miss you. Thank you for all that you shared with us.

Benjamin Barclay

January 17, 2021

We miss you Gran. It’s quite amazing how integral you were in each one of our lives. You were a constant. A rock of comfort. Due surely to the unbelievable amount of sacrifice you made over the many decades. You never avoided responsibility (that being the care of your ever growing family). I can’t imagine the great meaning and purpose this brought to your life. I hope to someday do the same. And join you in the heavens with our true rock and Lord.
I’ll hold with me memories of my youth - the aptly timed servings of discipline you handed me whenever I was being a poor sport - not living up to values you had taught me. I’m thankful for those servings. Helped form me into who I am today.
I love you Gran.

Shirley Haskins

January 16, 2021

Jerry and Jo were our next-door neighbors at Lake Fork. They were not only neighbors but great friends. They were so giving and gracious. We watched over each others houses when the other was out of town. We missed them so much when they moved. She was determined that the cancer would not win and that determination carried her through much longer than anyone thought. She is with God now where there is no sadness, no cancer, no struggle. Our prayers are with the family.

Jeff and Shirley Haskins

Beni Wilson

January 15, 2021

Emma Jo is very special to me. Instead of tears, I try to remember her through smiles. The people I chose as childhood friends turned out to be those who excelled in life as adults. This means I chose well, and naturally Emma remains at the top of my list.

Emma has not left us. She remains here through her descendants for years to come. I cherish this. May it comfort you as well.

God bless her.

Patrick McHargue

January 15, 2021

My favorite memory of Mrs. Adcock was the day she said "well I guess you can call me Mom, now". This was at the wedding reception after Joy and I got married. She said it with such exaggerated sarcasm, I knew that she truly meant it. We all will miss you so much - you lived your life well.


January 14, 2021

Emma Jo and I met in junior high and we remained friends forever. We always visited at LRCHS reunions and connected on FB. I prayed for her health every day and for a cure for her cancer. She was the quintessential "lady" and always so very sweet to everyone. Losing her is like losing part of my history and I'll miss her. She left a treasured legacy of grace and gentility.

Chris Elliott

January 14, 2021

My sincere condolences!!!! Jo will be missed by many. She touched many lives in a positive way. Just know she is still with y’all and in Your hearts. I am so glad I met her / Jerry and family many years ago. Sincerely. Chris Elliott