William “Bud” Adams was born the son of Chester Adams and Marvel Range Adams on January 9, 1944, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and departed this life December 31, 2017, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, at the age of 73 years.
He was united in marriage on February 15, 1964, in Thayer, Missouri, to Phyllis Ann Rhoades.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Phyllis Adams of the home in Thayer, Missouri; two children, Rhnea Adams and fiancé, Jason Oakes of Hardy, Arkansas and Matthew Adams and wife, Mandy of Viola, Arkansas; two precious granddaughters, Lauren Godwin and husband, Corey of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and Maylee Adams of Viola, Arkansas; two special great grandsons, Landen and Chase Godwin of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; his father-in-law, Hosea Rhoades of Thayer, Missouri; brother-in-law, Wayne Rhoades of Nixa, Missouri; sister-in-law, Janet Bowers and husband, Don of Thayer, Missouri; a special cousin, Terry Range of Thayer, Missouri; other relatives; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Marvel Adams and his mother-in-law, Ann Rhoades.
Bud was a graduate of Thayer High School, graduating with the Class of 1962.
He and Phyllis owned and operated Adams Western Store for over fifty years.
Bud was a cattle farmer and one of the last true cowboys. He was an active member of the Thayer and Mammoth Spring Saddle Club for many years and was currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Missouri State Wagon Train.
Most of all, Bud enjoyed driving his team of mules and his wagon on the Gee and Haw Horse and Wagon Ride and also, the Missouri State Wagon Train and Trail Ride with his friends.
Bud was a Christian man and a member of the Thayer First Baptist Church.
He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed, but we have the peace of God knowing that he is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.
The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, January 3rd from 12:00 Noon until service time at 2:00.
Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made in Bud’s memory to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.