Herman Adams

November 18, 1932October 25, 2010

Herman Adams passed away October 25, 2010 in Arizona at the age of 77. Herman was born in Newark, New Jersey on November 18, 1932, the twelfth of thirteen children, to parents Susie Bell-Adams and Samuel Adams of Mobile, Alabama. He married the love of his life, Della Ruby Guillory of Elton, Louisiana on October 5, 1952 and spent the next 53 years by her side. Herman spent his life in public service. Herman entered the Air Force in 1950 and served his country for 26 years. He graduated from Radio School and became an Airborne Radio Operator in 1951 and Electronic Countermeasures School in 1952. A year later, he flew seven Combat Missions over North Korea in 1953. In 1961, Herman became an airborne Gunner and, in 1965, began flying Combat Missions over North Vietnam. He was recalled for Airborne Radio Operator, flying aboard EC-121R out of Thailand. Between the B-52s and EC-121R, he flew a total of two hundred and forty three Combat Missions over North Vietnam. Herman cross-trained into the Open Mess Career Field in 1971, and retired in 1976 after twenty-six years of service. During his years of service he was awarded five Air Medals, Combat Crewmember aboard B-29s, B-36s, B-47s and B-52s. After retiring from the Air Force, Herman spent 15 years working in the federal civil service managing the consolidated clubs at Travis AFB, Mather AFB, Sondrestrom AB and Thule AB Greenland. He spent five years working for the state of California. Herman was an avid golfer, taking up the sport in the 1950’s. He wrote several manuscripts and published his first novel, Deceptive Rogue, in 2008. He was a devoted husband and father who dotted on his wife and children. Herman is survived by a son Charles (Herndon, VA), daughter-in-law Melinda (Herndon, VA), two daughters, Anastasia and Yolanda (Gainesville, VA), a sister-in-law Dorothy (Sacramento, CA), 3 grandchildren, Charles II, John and James (Herndon, VA), numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other family and good friends. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Della, son Herman, Adams Jr., his parents Samuel and Susie, and siblings Clarence, Andrew, George, Louise, Leroy, Richmond, Geneva, Samuel, Uris and Robert. Those that knew and met Herman, described him as the most kind and giving man they ever met who always had something good to say and never missed an opportunity to help someone when he could. He will be very deeply missed. A visitation will be held on November 2, 2010 between 1- 3 P.M. at Sunland Memorial Park & Mortuary, 15826 Del Webb Blvd, Sun City, Arizona. Funeral Services will be held on November 8, 2010 at 10 A.M. at Mount Vernon Mortuary and Cemetery 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, California, with a visitation on November 7, 2010 between 5 - 7 P.M.

Arrangements under the direction of Sunland Memorial Park, Mortuary & Cremation Center, Sun City, AZ. 623-933-0161



  • Funeral Service Monday, November 8, 2010
  • Visitation Tuesday, November 2, 2010
  • Visitation Sunday, November 7, 2010


  • Burial

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February 9, 2011

I love and miss you daddy.

mildred callahan

December 9, 2010

Herman was a kind and dear friend and neighbor.He will be missed.

Edwina Handsome

November 22, 2010

My prayers and thoughts are with you in your loss. Look to the Hills from whence your help. Your help cometh from the Lord. Your cousin in New Orleans,La/Edwina Handsome

Natalie Ross Houde

November 20, 2010

Our heartfelt prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

Freddye Ross

November 20, 2010

The Adams' family have been connected to/with the Ross' family since 1967. I met beautiful Della at Mather AFB, I invited her to come home with me for coffee and we were instant friends. The following year we were assigned to Ellsworth AFB and the Adams' family showed up and that is when we met Herman, Herman Jr., Charles, Ana, & Yolanda. My family love the Adams' family and we kept showing up at the same place at the same time.
We will miss Herman, I would receive emails from Della's email address sometimes, but was not sure it was from Herman. Thank you for keeping us informed and please stay in touch and may God continue to bless Herman & Della Adams' family! Fred & Freddye Ross - Brent & Christa Ross - Cenk & Karen Ross-Tuncok - Sean & Natalie Suzan Ross Houde - Craig & Nicole Ross Taylor

Jim Kunkle

November 20, 2010

My deepest and most profound condolences for your loss. As a friend and club manager colleague for many years I will miss him. I am thankful that fate intervened and we met and had lunch together at the Luke A F B Exchange a month or so ago. We had a nice visit, exchanged pleasantries and war stories. Good memories. Jim Kunkle

Yolanda Adams

November 10, 2010


I thought you were invincible and would live forever. As I stood by your hospital bed holding your hand as you passed away, I thought I am no ones child anymore, I am an orphan, what will I do now that both of you are gone. Through the sorrow and heart break a voice said to me "you have the best parts of both of them, you will do what you were raised to do, you are your daddy's little girl and your mothers daughter."

You taught me to stand up for myself, to help others, stand against injustice, and to be forgiving. You were always so strong and full of life, rarely if ever did anything get you down. You always had a smile and cherry hello and alays had something good to say. You carried your own special light wherever you went. My dad loved to travel and had an ability to make friends wherever he went. He loved life and was gifted when it came to dealing with people. He did not just have friends, he had life long friends, some of which became extended family.

His family and friends remember his laughter and generosity of spirit. He loved to laugh and his laughter was loud and contagious. He was an optimist. Despite acknowledging the reality of the minority experience in America he refused to become cynical. He was frustrated by the growing wave of intolerance exhibited in this country but believed that one person could make a difference. He believed there is good in everyone and was trusting, sometimes to a fault.

The joy he felt in achieving the goals he set for himself and his family, and his willingness to share his good fortune, inspired and touched people. He will be missed by the people whose lives he touched and our world is not quite as bright now.

Our hearts are breaking. You were our hero. We carry you in our hearts and know that you are shining as brightly in heaven as you did while you were here on earth.

He missed my mother, the love of his life, so desperately. Now you are together. I have to believe you are at peace.

Daddy, I waant you to know that if not for you...I would not be the person I am today. Throughout everything you were there to hold my hand, to wipe my tears, to heal my wounds, to encourage me, and yes to discipline me when needed. I want you to know that although I did not appreciate your strictness as a child... I do now as an adult. It is because o fyou that I am the person I am today.

You sacrificed for me, yet never complained...You did without so I might have what I needed and desired...Through your sacrifice you have taught me to be giving and that sometimes you have to forego one to get the other. My giving nature and all that I am I owe to you.

You've lived through so much more than children of my generation ever realized. Yet through your strength of character you did not allow it to make you bitter... You suffered the idignities of others in the times of segregation and racism, but sheltered us and taught us to respect others, especially our elders because they, and you, are the ones who have gotten us to today. My character, my respectfulness and all I am I owe to you.

Through your integrity you taught me to be true to myself, to not let others lead me down the wrong realize and admit when I am wrong... to realize when I am part of the problem and not blame things on others. My integrity and all I am I owe to you.

You taught me not to settle, to always strive for something better, and to do my best no matter what the task... my drive, my ambition, my work ethic and all that I am I owe to you.

Through your strength you taught me how to stand up for myself and showed me how to stand strong in the face of adversity. My strength and all that I am I owe to you.

Through your love you taught me the meaning of love, how to show love... to give love... and to receive love. My love and all that I am I owe to you.

It is in today's world...where there is such disrespect of others...where children are defiant and curse at their parents...where there are those that are not willing to try...where there are those that are all to willing to blame others for their problems... that I see the gifts you have given me and am eternally grateful for these lessons... and wish that everyone could have been raised by a father like you.

You are my role model for love, for strength, for character, for integrityy...You are my role models for life.. You always have been and always will be my hero.

Your death has left an enormous void in our lives. We love you and will miss you terribly.

Love Yolanda, Anastasia, & Charles

November 8, 2010

Hello Yolanda and Family, Sorry to hear of your loss.My heart and prayers goes all out to your entire family. May God bless you all and keep you in the palm of His hand. Rickey &Linda Thomas (McGregor,Tx)
Emma Mosley, sister & bro.-n-law.

November 7, 2010

I am so blessed to have known Uncle Herman. In such a short peroid of time, he taught me so much through his experience and knowledge. I will truly miss Uncle Herman. What a lovable guy! Love you and may God keep the family and give you strength.
Love, April Adams (Great Great Niece)
Springfield, NJ

November 7, 2010

To my Dear Uncle, I was bless to have a chance to meet you and spend time with you and the little talks we shared always made smile. You will dearly be missed by myself and family. Carla Adams, Newark, NJ.