Woody Funeral Home-Parham

1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA


Richard Linwood Adams Jr.

June 4, 1956February 3, 2020

Richard L Adams, age 63, of Richmond, VA departed this world on February 3, 2020. Born June 4, 1956, he was the son of the late Richard L. Adams and Joyce S. Adams. He is survived by his loving wife Kay W. Adams, his sister Paula A. Lacy and her husband Joseph T. Lacy Jr. and their two children Tara Tench and Joseph III, and his great niece and great nephew Lacy and Bryce Tench. Richard was a 1974 graduate of Douglas Freeman High School, and a 1978 graduate of University of Richmond, and received his MBA from the VCU School of Business in 1996. He worked in various positions for Reynolds Metals Company for 24 years and was self-employed from 2002 forward. In his own words: I was never one for convention. I lived my life to the fullest extent and did so with a commitment to honor, integrity and truthfulness, and perhaps a measured dose of a rebellious nature. I strived to be a strong and determined individual, and believed that life was a gift to be enjoyed and shared with the people that I loved. In January of 2017, I was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Although this news was devastating, it became very important to me to impress upon others that no matter what life may have in store, that through hope, strength and determination, regardless of the outcome, one will be personally victorious in their battles. An indelible spirit caused me to adopt the wolf as my symbol of strength in my battle against cancer. The message that I tried to convey to my family and friends was simple, yet strong: “I am the eternal warrior, committed to the struggle and I will never quit.” To me, quitting was simply not an option; it never has been. I truly believe that everyone has the power within their person to meet any and every challenge in life, overcome those challenges, and to be a victor. I believe that those of you that knew me and my dear wife Kay understood the remarkable relationship that we had throughout our marriage. Love, compassion, understanding and support for each other ruled our existence. We were married on June 18, 1988 and we were fortunate to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. I have said to many people on numerous occasions that I owed my life and happiness to Kay. It was her passion and imaginative spirit that set my soul free to live life unbridled and to cherish every moment that we shared. Kay was my world. Our challenging struggle against cancer took us down many a daunting path, but we travelled those paths together, as we had done throughout our lives, side by side. Kay’s love, understanding and support gave me the strength and endurance to continue the fight, and I did. I Never Quit. A gathering to honor Richard’s life and to visit with his wife and family will be held on Saturday 15 2020, at 2 pm at Woody Funeral Home located at 1771 North Parham Rd. Richmond, VA. Richard’s farewell messages to his family and friends and his wife Kay will be read. Please join us for this special service, which will be officiated by Dr. Mark C. Wallace, brother-in-law to Richard. On this day we will wish Richard godspeed for his final journey. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Richmond SPCA 2519 Hermitage Road Richmond, VA 23220


  • He is survived by his loving wife Kay W. Adams, his sister Paula A. Lacy and her husband Joseph T. Lacy Jr. and their two children Tara Tench and Joseph III, and his great niece and great nephew Lacy and Bryce Tench.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


Richard Linwood Adams Jr.

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Donna Zocco

February 17, 2020

Hi Kay ( and Judy) Thank you for sharing so much of Dick with us through his letters. The service was remarkable. Dr Mark did a wonderful job, with warmth and respect for your Dick. I wish Stephanie could have been there (She was OOT). I wish everyone could have been there . It was a true life learning experience.
Take care of yourself. Love and God Bless

David Abady

February 15, 2020

Super nice warm smart classmate. Dickie was always where the fun was if something was going on you could be assured where there was laughter there was Dickie . We will all miss you bud

Stephanie Zocco Cowardin

February 12, 2020

You are one of the most incredible couples I have ever been lucky enough to witness. The love that poured from Kay’s heart and the way she spoke and will continue to speak about her husband was in a manner that you could truly feel their connection and love for one another in your own heart while listening. The strength that you both have shown in countless ways going through cancer together is remarkable and a lesson for all of us. I feel lucky to have met Kay 9 years ago when I was just getting married and will try to bring what you all brought out in each-other into my marriage. Xo

Donna Zocco

February 11, 2020

Dick and Kay brought out the best in each other, the best in all our beautiful pieces of jewelry, and the best in those of us who are lucky enough to have them in our lives. You both have touched people far and wide, the globe over. I for one think of you both daily as I “wear” your beauty around my neck.
Little Z

Donna Zocco

February 11, 2020

Love to my remarkable friend Kay and her hero of a husband, Dick. You both have taught me so much about life and love and also love and death. Thank you. And blessings until we all are together again.
Donna Z

Billy Spradlin

February 11, 2020

I have known Dickie since probably 1st grade. We went to Pinchbeck Elementary together. Dickie was one of the smartest guys I ever met I don't think he ever made anything under an A. But he was always humble and when I complemented him on his intellect he would just give me that smile ….you know the one.
God love you and your precious family.
I will miss you Dickie.

Your Friend

Jo Anne Davis

February 10, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I know, through your posts, just how much you loved each other. I have thought of you often and pray for comfort and peace knowing he fought the fight with determination and dignity.

Julie Wine

February 9, 2020

We are so sorry to lose another member of our Rebel family. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences from DSF Class of'77. Peace to your family and friends.
DSF Class of'77.
Julie Carden Wine

Linda Cregger

February 7, 2020

My Memories go back to the days we (Dickie, Paula and myself ) worked at Reynolds Metals Company. Kay and her Mom were later with our love of Antiques and Vintage Jewelry! My deepest Condolences Kay. You and Dickies Love and Devotion have been an inspiration to so many. May he Rest in Peace and you find strength in the days ahead! Sending You Hugs and Love, Linda Cregger

Norman Grandstaff

February 7, 2020

What a fighter!!! Amazing. When I met Dickie at first I wasn’t sure what to make of him. He was a happy go lucky person with absolutely no edges. Just arriving in Richmond from NYC I’d never encountered anything like him. We instantly became friends and shared many good times together. This pix was Dickie Don and myself the day of the DSF 20th graduation reunion. We got together and without skipping a beat, it just seemed like the next day from where we left off years before. We lost a good one this time. In fact we lost a real gem of a person. May you Rest In Peace buddy. Your pal Norm

Love to your family.