Richard Lee Adams Jr.

June 6, 1981February 18, 2013
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Funeral services will be Thursday, February 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Black Creek Baptist Church for Richard “Ricky” Lee Adams Jr., 31, of Gadsden who passed away February 18, 2013. Mr. Adams will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Rev. Chris Connell will officiate. Burial will be at Black Creek Cemetery. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services is directing. Ricky was born in Gadsden June 6, 1981. He graduated from Etowah High School in 1999. Following high school he joined the US Marine Corps and served in the reserves proudly for approximately 8 years where he was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received various commendations and Marine Corps Achievement medals, including: Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal. He was honorably discharged on November 18, 2007. He was formerly employed at Goodyear Tire and rubber Company. He was saved at Black Creek Baptist Church and a member of Fairview Baptist Church He was a great son and father. He will deeply missed by all of his family and friends, especially Levi and Molly and his parents. He was a very special person with a heart of gold. We love you Ricky, you will forever live in our hearts. God bless. “Simper Fi!” Ricky is survived by his son, Levi Adams; daughter, Molly Kate Adams; mother, Joan (Donnie “Champ”) England; father, Richard (Becky) Adams; brothers, Greg (Michelle) England, and Nate Adams, sister, Amanda (Kyle) Blackwell; uncles, James Foster, Jerry Foster, Stanley Adams, Jeffrey Adams, Jimmy Adams, and Randall Adams; and aunts, Avis Nelson, and Linda (Neil) Brooks. Pallbearers will be: Greg England, Kyle Blackwell, Stanly Adams, Jeffrey Adams, Terry “Ratchet” Gibbs, and Luke England. Honorary pallbearers will be Randall Adams, Jason Walden, and all friends and Goodyear associates. Special thanks to the Gadsden Police Department and Riverview Medical Center E. R. , especially Robert Maltby and other EMS. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 21, 2013

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Jamiane (Adams) Cook

April 5, 2013

I got to meet my cousin Ricky just once when we were teenagers. But I know he means so much to those that know him truly and deeply. My heart and soul go out to my family in AL; especially, to my Uncle Richard, I am so sorry for the loss of you're beautiful son! As a parent I know losing a child is the most unfathomable and heartbreaking moments. Hes in God's arms now. I love you all! Ricky will be with you always! xoxo!

Nate Duckett

March 8, 2013

I love you big brother! You will live on through your wonderful kids.

Jason & Heather Clayton

March 3, 2013

To all of Ricky's Family:
We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you all during these rough times. Just know that you will see him again oneday. Ricky is watching over each and everyone of you all in his new home with our Lord & Saviour. Ricky will continue to live on through Levi & Molly Kate. Ricky was a great father to his kidos, and he loved you all very much! So blessed to have had the opportunity to know Ricky and the family over these many years. May God give you the strength and courage to go on through each and every day.
Love Always,
Jason & Heather Clayton

rebecca hilton

February 26, 2013

ill always love u and miss those big hugs

Tammi Ray

February 23, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember the great privilege of working with Joan at Gadsden Rehab and with Donny on the ambulance. I know from the gleam in their eyes back then how much they loved Ricky and this love can never go away. Know you will see him in heaven for he is surely with his savior. Praying for you all.

February 23, 2013

You are at peace now Ricky. You were a great friend and coworker. Rest in peace!

Uncle James-Lucia Foster

February 22, 2013

Joan, Champ, Levi and Molly, "Ricky will be missed. Love will keep us together in this. Each day is a beautiful gift from God. May His presence in your life bring Strength, Peace and Joy"

For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

February 22, 2013

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Richard Lee (Ricky) Adams, Jr. our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Ricky. And to Ricky it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country while supporting combat operations in Iraq while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Ricky, you are a true American patriot, who served with honor and distinction. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Ricky's family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

John Adams, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

Randall Engle

February 22, 2013

Rickey I hope that when I pass we see each other inside God's Kingdom. I know we didn't know each other well, and only then in school, but I pray the best for your family, your children, and everyone who cared about you. God Bless you and may He keep you. Much love and heartfelt prayers for all close to you.

February 22, 2013

My deepest condolences may God draw close and give the needed strength and courage to get through this difficult time.