Adams, John T.
John T. Adams, 84, of Cross Plains TX, passed away Tuesday 5/3/11, at home with his wife and sister with him. He was born in Midland, TX on 4/6/27 to John Elkins Adams and Elna Enyart Adams. They moved to Colorado City shortly after his birth, where he spent his childhood and teen years, graduating from Colorado High School in 1944. Johnny, as he was known to family and friends, eagerly joined the Navy immediately upon graduation, and served in the Pacific Theater, mainly on the island of Guam. At the war's end, he returned to Colorado City, and worked for the Post Office, and shortly thereafter became engaged to his lifelong love, Bettye Sue Vaught. They were married on 12/24/47, and embarked on a remarkable 63 year journey together. He went to work for Shell Pipe Line Corp. as a pipeliner in 1950, in Wink, TX. He and Bettye Sue drove into town in a brand new Ford Crestliner that remains in the family to this day. John's career with Shell took them to several locales, in West Texas and South Louisiana, offering the opportunity to experience varied cultures and lifestyles. He retired from Shell in 1984, as District Superintendant, in Midland, TX. In 1953, after the birth of their first son, Tommy, they purchased acreage in Callahan CO., near Cross Plains, TX. In partnership with his sister Elizabeth and her husband Pat Shield, they farmed, ran cows on the place, and fell in love with the area, their neighbors, and people of Cross Plains. Their second son, Doug, was born in 1957, and shortly thereafter they acquired another parcel of land nearby. It was here that they chose to spend their retirement years. John is survived by his wife, Bettye Sue; his sister, Elizabeth Shields of Abilene; sons, Tommy and wife, Cheryl, of Midland, and Dough, of Wimberley. He and Bettye Sue have six grand children, Andra Adams of Dallas, Adrienne Goodwin of New Orleans, Doug Duncan of San Angelo, Alan Adams of LaPlace, LA., Greg Duncan of Lubbock, and Sarah Adams of Austin. John was cremated, and his family will have a private service upon delivery of his ashes. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Project Pride of Cross Plains for the upkeep of the Robert E. Howard Museum.