Charles Dean "Boe" Adams, 76, of Leachville, prominent area landowner and businessman, passed from this life Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 at the Advanced Care Hospital of White County in Searcy. Born at El Paso, Ark., he was the son of the late Orn and Emma Neal Adams and was a 1954 graduate of Leachville High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas Polytechnic College in 1958, where he was an all AIC basketball player for the Wonderboys, leading the team to its first ever playoff appearance. He later coached high school basketball, football, and baseball at several northwest Arkansas schools. He served in the U.S. Army having attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and was later assigned to West Point Academy as an instructor for various sporting activities. Mr. Adams was an assistant coach for the 1960 Gold Medal Olympic basketball team having coached such greats as Jerry West. In 1965 he coached the first integrated baseball team in Little Rock. Mr. Adams lived many years in Atlanta and in 1978 he co-founded the A.L. Williams Insurance Company. In 1985 he acquired the B.C. Land Company in Leachville which became Adams Land Company. The Adams cotton gin has been recognized as the most technologically advanced gin in the world. He returned to Leachville in 1990 to become more active in land acquisition and the day to day operation of the business. Boe achieved much in his life, but his friends and family know him best for his giving nature and philanthropic acts. He was perhaps most generous in support of his community as evidenced by his many contributions and financial support to area schools and churches. He was a longtime member of the Leachville First Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers, three sisters, and a son, Keith Adams.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Myrna Vines Adams of the home; two sons, Eddie Adams and wife Martha of Leachville and Kenneth Charles Adams of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Tina Nomland and husband Brian of Leachville and Jean Adams of Monroe, Ga.; two sisters, Bonnie Lloyd and husband, Joe of Arlington, Texas, and Tululu Cagle of Leachville; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Leachville with Rev. Jerry Kausler officiating. Burial was in Leachville Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service.
Active pallbearers were Scott Adams, Joshua Adams, Chris Adams, Dean Adams, Justin Schmehl, and Adam Schmeh. Honorary pallbearers were Art Williams, Ronnie Kennett, Harold Vines, Billy Dunavant, Howard Cissell, Deward Dopson, and Dean Wilburn.
The family received visitors Friday evening from 6-7 at the First Baptist Church in Leachville.
The family prefers any memorials be made to the Adams-Vines Foundation, P.O. Box 49, Leachville, Ark. 72438.
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