W.D. "Slats" Adams

September 25, 1920September 22, 2011

William Delbert (Slats) Adams, of Midland, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2011. Slats was born September 25, 1920, in Colorado City, Texas. He will have a heavenly celebration of his 91st birthday this Sunday. He married Melba Nadine (Dene) Thompson on July 26, 1941, in Cisco, Texas. Slats and Dene had lived in Midland since the early 1940’s and were members of the Bellview Baptist Church since 1951. He was a deacon for many years and was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years. Slats proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. He helped anchor the Enola Gaye when it landed after its historic bombing mission over Japan, as well as being present when Japanese planes stopped to refuel on their way to sign surrender documents aboard the battleship Missouri. Slats worked as an electrician in the military and, after his discharge, began doing electrical work in Midland. He owned and operated Slats Electric Company for many years. In later years, he worked and volunteered for Christmas in Action. Slats cherished his family, his friends, and his church. He is preceded in death by his wife, Dene Adams; his parents, Onie and Home C. Adams; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Clyde Adams, Lloyd Adams, Homer and Ann Adams; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Hazel and Lewis Caulder, Jessie and G.W. (Woody) Allen, Gladys and Dalton Millican, Lucille and Ralph Weeks, Evelyn Bagwell; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harold Bolton, Lawrence Thompson, Doyle Thompson, Alton and Dot Thompson. He is survived by daughters, Jo Ann Ray of Weatherford, Texas and Beverly Martin and husband, Jerry, of Austin, Texas; son, Ronnie Adams and wife, Terry, of Midland; grandchildren, Kristi Hopkins, Brian Ray and wife, Julie; Jeff Martin and wife, Rachel; Lee Anne McLeod and husband, Todd; Ronnie Adams Jr. and wife, Jessica; Sarah Gignac and husband, Jason; great-grandchildren, Haley; Kolen, Jordan, and Reagan; Isabel, Zara, and Baby Boy Martin; Ian and Meredith; Preslee; Jaron and Jalynn; sister, Mary Bolton; brother-in-law, Jim Bagwell; sisters-in-law, Betty Adams, Lora Thompson, Mona Thompson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Jackie Thompson; friend and caregiver, Linda Cote; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Our family would like to thank Hospice of Midland and the nursing staff of Terrace West Nursing Home for the love and care given to our dad.


  • Funeral Service Monday, September 26, 2011

W.D. "Slats" Adams

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Barb Caulder

October 8, 2011

Uncle Slats was the most treasured man I've ever known, and I thought my Daddy was one of the best. But, he was so good with Dene when she went into the home and I guess all of their married life. Wish all men would take lessons from him. Doyle thought the world of him and has always spoke highly of him. We'll miss him as all of you will.

felicia gallegos

October 8, 2011

My deepest sympathy for your all are in my prayers.......

Margaret Allen

October 8, 2011

Ronnie, Terry and family.
So sorry to hear the lose of Slats.
He was a very kind and gently man.
I will always remember the grin and the sparkle in his eyes when he spoke of the all the Adams's children, the stories he told will never be forgotten.
My condolences to the family.

George Bomar

September 28, 2011

Slats was one of the most congenial people anyone could know. He was invariably cordial, and conversational, and his compassion for others was boundless. He especially cared for little people (youngsters), unfailingly asking about a child dealing with health issues. We've lost another honorable WWII veteran, an humble man who served his country selflessly at a time of her greatest need. His children are a treasure to know; they evidence so much of his imprint on them and countless other friends and associates Slats has blessed over the years.

Gene/Gini Jones

September 27, 2011

We knew your Dad many years ago when we lived on Chilicote Ranch at Valentine and he worked there for us on the 3 homes we built. We considered him a good friend and we are so sorry for your loss. He was a very good man and an equally good friend.

Marna Dearing

September 27, 2011

To Ronnie and family, Terry and I were very sad to hear of Slats passing. As I read the obit, I learned that Slats and my mother have the exact same birthday. I'm sure your parents are rejoicing with our heavenly Father. Terry and I lived next door to your parents on Gulf for many years, and we have some great memories and stories from all those years as neighbors. To say that both your parents were great people would be an understatement. I am sure that you will see them again some day. We're sorry we couldn't be at the services to support your family, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. With our sincere sympathy on the loss of your father, Marna and Terry Dearing

Carolyn Davenport

September 26, 2011

Ronnie and family, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. My Dad is Eddie (Lightening)Krupa. He called me Saturday night to tell me. I wish we could have been there for the services. My Dad thought so highly of your Dad. The last time we were in Midland we went to visit your Mom and Dad at Terrace West. I remember several years ago visiting in Midland and your Mom and Dad went to Bingo with us. We had so much fun your Dad had a hard time hearing the numbers and your Mom kept giving him a hard time about it. They were so cute. I use to tease my Dad about him and Slants. Dad had bad eyes and Slants had bad hearing, I said you two really make a pair. Your Dad was such a good friend to my Dad. He will really miss him. God Bless you all and take comfort in knowing he is with your Mom now.

Judy Knight Beasley

September 26, 2011

Dear JoAnn and Family,
Your Dad and Mom were great friends to our family. We know that he is in heaven holding hands with your mom. May God give you all peace and comfort.

September 26, 2011

I meet Slats from Cain Electric, and I just loved him very much. He was a wonderful man. I know you will miss him very much. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Louise Holley

September 25, 2011

W. D. we love you and miss you. Jubel and Heather Reed. Lavita Reed, Meredith Mendoza.