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Arthur Adams
and Helmer Thompson

Arthur Adams b 20 May 1909 NC d 18 Dec 1980 Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; age 71; buried William Adams Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave 117037039; s/o Henry Adams and Usley Adams. Arthur Adams m. 28 Mar 1941 Helmer Thompson b 10 Mar 1921 d 27 Sept 1993; buried William Adams Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; findagrave 117037063; d/o William Franklin Thompson and Margaret Maggie Blair. Children of Arthur Adams and Helmer Thompson;

1. Geneva Adams b 26 Dec 1941 Blair Branch Letcher Co KY d Letcher Manor Nursing Home 17 Oct 2010 of cancer; buried Fred Adams Cemetery, Blair Branch, Letcher Co KY; m. Norman Eugene Adams. Children of Norman Eugene Adams and Geneva Adams; i. Dennis Gene Adams ii. Darold Keith Adams b 30 Jun 1964 d 20 Dec 2010 of heart attack; buried Fred Adams Cemetery, Blair Branch KY. iii. Douglas Arthur Adams.

2. Den Adams b 6 Dec 1942 Jeremiah KY d 29 Nov 2013; buried Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding OH; m. 31 Aug 1962 Judith A Commers. Children of Den Adams and Judith A Commers; i. Dennis Adams; m. Lana Unknown ii. John Adams iii. Tracy Adams; m. Paul Roddy

3. Alfred Adams b 14 Aug 1944 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY d 15 Jan 2017; age 72; Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; buried William Adams Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave ddddd175440363;

4. Billy Conn Adams b 5 Aug 1946 Letcher Co KY d 22 Sept 2017; age 71; Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; buried William Adams Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave 183693901; m. 18 Aug 1965 to Helen Louise Ison b 23 Jul 1950. Children of Billy Conn Adams and Helen Louise Ison; i. Terry Adams; m. Dorothy Unknown ii. Tim Adams; m. Laura Unknown iii. Phillip Adams; m. Brent Reid iv. Robbie Adams; m. Renita Unknown v. Justin Adams vi. Gina Adams vii. Lena Adams; m. Roy Campbell Jr.

5. Burnett Bud Adams; m. Christine Unknown

6. J. R. Adams

7. Tony Adams; m. Linda Unknown

8. Janet Adams; m. Roger Hill

9. Debbie Adams; m. Woody Adams

10. Annis Adams (f) b 16 Mar 1955 Letcher Co KY d 16 Mar 1955 Letcher Co KY; buried William Adams Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY

11. Maggie Kay Adams b 14 Dec 1959 KY d 11 Jul 2020 Whitesburg ARH, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; buried John C Adams Cemetery, Jeremiah, KY

12. Shannon Ray Adams (m) b 14 Dec 1959 d 10 Jan 1960; age 27 days; buried William Adams Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY

13. Tammie G Adams b 22 Apr 1961 Letcher Co KY d 7 Jul 2019; Hazard, Perry Co KY; age 58; buried William Adams Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; m. Male Fields; Children of Male Fields and Tammie G Adams; i. Crystal Fields; m. Jerome Hatton ii. Casey Fields (f) iii. Isaac Fields; m. Sasha Unknown.

14. Reneva Lois Adams b 4 Jun 1953 d 7 Aug 2010 Blackey, Letcher Co KY; m. Roger Wayne Hayes b 19 Nov 1953 Letcher Co KY d 29 Aug 2010 Isom, Letcher Co KY

15. LC Adams; m. Joyce Unknown

Obituary: Maggie Kay Adams
14 Dec 1959 - 11 Jul 2020

Maggie Kay Adams, 60 of Whitesburg, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. Maggie was the daughter of the late Arthur and Helmer Thompson Adams.

Surviving is 3 brothers: Burnett "Bud" (Chris) Adams of Paulding, Ohio, J.R. Adams of Lexington, and Tony (Linda) Adams of Letcher; 2 sisters: Janet "Sissy Mommie" (Roger) Hill of Hazard and Debbie (Woody) Adams of Jeremiah.

Maggie was preceded in death by 4 brothers: Twin brother: Shannon Ray Adams, Den Adams, Alfred Adams, and Billy Conn Adams; 4 sisters: Geneva Adams, Reneva Hayes, Tammie Adams, and Anis Adams.

Funeral: 1:00 O'clock P.M. Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the Blair Branch Church with Bill Jones and others officiating. Visitation: 6:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Blair Branch Church.

Burial will follow in the John C. Adams Cemetery at Jeremiah, Kentucky.

Obituary: Tammie G Adams
22 Apr 1961 - 7 Jul 2019

Tammie G. Adams, daughter of the late Arthur and Helmer Thompson Adams was born in Whitesburg, Kentucky, April 22, 1961. She entered eternal life Sunday, July 7, 2019 at the Hazard Hospice center in Hazard, Kentucky being 58 years,2 months and 15 days of age at the time of her passing.

Tammie enjoyed crafting, quilting and the simplest of thing in life, but spending time with her family and friends and taking care of her dog Sadie is what she enjoyed most.

She is survived by her two loving daughters, Crystal (Jerome) Hatton of Whitesburg, Kentucky and Casey Fields both of Whitesburg, Kentucky. A son, Isaac (Sasha) Fields of Whitesburg, Kentucky. Three sisters, Janet Hill of Hazard, Kentucky, Debbie Adams of Isom, Kentucky and Maggie Adams of Jeremiah, Kentucky. Two brothers, Bud Adams of Paulding, Ohio and J.R. Adams of Jeremiah, Kentucky.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Morgan, Caden, Camden, Kenzie, Cooper, Ari and Holden and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

Tammie is preceded in death by three sisters, Geneva Adams, Reneva Hayes and Annis Adams. Four brothers, Den Adams, Alfred Adams, Bill Adams and Shannon Adams.

Obituary: Billy Conn Adams
5 Aug 1946 - 22 Sept 2017

Billy Conn Adams, 71, of Jeremiah, Kentucky passed away at his mountain top home surrounded by his family and friends on Friday, September 22nd following a short illness with aggressive lung cancer. Bill was the son of the late Arthur and Helmer Thompson Adams.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Helen Louise Ison Adams. Five sons: Terry (Dorothy) Adams of Wilmore, KY; Tim (Laura) Adams of Nicholasville, KY; Phillip (Brent Reid) Adams of Nicholasville, KY; Robbie (Renita) Adams of Jeremiah, KY; and Justin Adams of Jeremiah, KY. Two daughters: Gina Adams of Jeremiah, KY and Lena (Roy Jr.) Campbell of Lexington, KY.

Bill is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Alex (Megan) Adams; Trevor (Anthony) Adams; Rebecca (Tristan) Adams; Joseph Page Adams; Brandon Adams; Roy Campbell, III; Connor Adams; Drew Adams; Brooke Adams; Bill Colby Adams; Jenna Adams; Justin Adams, Jr; and Kelli Rose Adams. Bill also leaves behind a much-loved special daughter, Lisa King-Kerr.

Bill is also survived by brothers: Bud (Christine) Adams, Tony (Linda) Adams, JR Adams, and LC (Joyce) Adams; and sisters: Debbie (Woody) Adams; Tammie Adams; Maggie Adams; and Janet (Roger) Hill; a sister in-law, Judy Adams; a great number of well-loved nieces and nephews; a host of well-loved friends and family; a pack of grand dogs and cats; his welfare cat, Wilbur and his loyal guard dog, Scooby. Bill was preceded in death by brothers Den Adams, Alfred Adams, and Shannon Adams; and sisters Geneva Adams, Reneva Hayes, and Anis Adams. Bill's legacy was his capacity to love everyone abundantly. As we all know, he was: "The Last Great Conn."

Funeral: 12:00 O'clock Noon Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Blair Branch Old Regular Baptist Church with Wayne Smith, Allen Whitaker, Don Pratt, Robert Holcomb and others officiating. Visitation: 6:00 P.M. Sunday at the Blair Branch Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the John C. Adams Cemetery at Jeremiah, Kentucky.

Obituary: Alfred Adams
August 14, 1944 - January 15, 2017

Alfred Adams August 14, 1944 - January 15, 2017 (age 72) Alfred Adams, 72, of Whitesburg, Kentucky passed away January 15, 2017, at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Medical Center.

He is survived by sons: Robert Adams of Levinsworth, Kansas, Richard Adams of Cecil, Ohio, Shannon Adams of Hemphill and Matthew Adams of Whitesburg. 2 Step-sons: Dustin Bradshaw of Whitesburg and Jacob Bradshaw of Mayking, Kentucky; Brothers: Billy Conn Adams of Jeremiah, Bud Adams of Paulding, Ohio, J.R. Adams of Letcher, Ky., and Tony Adams of Letcher, Ky; Sisters: Janet Hill of Hazard, Ky., Debbie Adams of Jeremiah, Ky., Maggie Adams of Somerset, Ky., and Tammie Adams of Jenkins, Ky.; Companion: Mae Jones.; 17 Grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. from the Blair Branch Church with Chris Gilley, Robert Halcomb and others officiating. Visitation: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. at Blair Branch Church.

He was preceded in death by: Den Adams, Geneva Adams, Reneva Hayes, Anis Adams and Shannon Adams.

Burial will follow in the John C. Adams Cemetery in Jeremiah, Ky.

Obituary: Den Adams
6 Dec 1942 - 29 Nov 2013

Den Adams, age 70, left this earth to go to be in his Heavenly home on Friday, November 29, 2013. He was born December 6, 1942 in Jeremiah, Kentucky, the son of Arthur and Helmer (Thompson) Adams.

On August 31, 1962 he married Judith A. Commers who survives.

He was a charter member of Paulding EMS; a Paulding County Sheriff Dept. deputy; lieutenant for the Paulding Police Reserves; and employed by Johns Manville.

But his greatest triumph was receiving Jesus Christ as his Savior and serving the Lord. His relationship with God was what he held most near and dear to his heart. He witnessed to many people and openly professed how the Lord had healed him of cancer twice. He loved everybody and enjoyed taking any opportunity to ask them if they knew Jesus.

He also loved taking his '67 GTO to car shows and cruz-in's at the Vagabond Village. Den was a man of strength, integrity, conviction and piety who loved his family more than anything else in the world. His family is very proud of him and he truly was "Blessed coming in and blessed going out" - Deuteronomy 28:6.

He is survived by his wife, Judith A. Adams; three children, Dennis (Lana) Adams, John Adams, and Tracy (Paul) Roddy, all of Paulding; five brothers, Alfred Adams, Isom, KY, Bill (Louise) Adams, Jeremiah, KY, Bud (Christine) Adams, Paulding, J.R. Adams, and Tony (Linda) Adams, both of Letcher, KY; four sisters: Janet (Roger) Hill, Hazard, KY, Debbie (Woody) Adams, Jeremiah, KY, Maggie Adams, Somerset, KY, and Tammy Adams, Jenkins, KY; six grandchildren: Sheri (Nate) Rhonehouse, Kelsey (Kyle) Kauser, Maycee, Madison and Bailey Adams, and Jack Roddy; and five great grandchildren: Ethan, Weston, and Landen Rhonehouse, Charlotte Kauser and one on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Shannon Adams; and three sisters, Geneva Adams, Reneva Hayes, and Anis Adams. There will be visitation in Jeremiah, Kentucky on Tuesday, December 3 from 2 - 8PM at the Blair Branch Old Regular Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted 11 AM Saturday, December 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Paulding visitation will be 2-8PM Friday, December 6 and one hour prior to services on Saturday at Den Herder Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be sent to Wounded Warriors; World Challenge; or a charity of the donor's choice.

Piece in Mt Eagle Newspaper
Blair Branch Loses 7; all are family
Dated March 10, 2010 By Den Adams

Blair Branch loses 7; all are family

By Mountain Eagle Staff | on March 10, 2010


My mother Helmer Thompson Adams's brother Don Thompson died Sept. 25 after having cancer for several months. Don was born in the head of Blair Branch in the Thompson home on Aug. 25, 1936, to William F. and Maggie Blair Thompson.

Funeral services were held at the DenHerder Funeral Home in Paulding, Ohio and the burial was in the Blair Cemetery in Emerald Township, Paulding, County, Ohio.

Don's father died in 1946 then in 1953 Maggie and her children moved to Ironton, Ohio. Don lived in Ironton until 1955 when he moved back to Blair Branch and lived with my family until 1959. Don worked for Hobart Cupps in his junk car business until he went back to Ironton. In 1966, Don moved to Paulding, Ohio, and worked at Johns Manville until he was forced to retire on a disability many years ago. Don leaves his wife Janet Sitton Thompson of Cecil, Ohio, and five children that are married and live and work in Northwest Ohio.

My sister Geneva Adams died Oct. 17 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home after having cancer for two years. Geneva was born on Blair Branch in the Henry Adams homeplace on Dec. 26, 1941, to Arthur and Helmer Thompson Adams. She lived on Blair Branch all her life except her last six years, which she spent in Letcher Manor. Geneva was the widow of Norman Eugene Adams. She leaves three sons, Dennis Gene, Darold Keith and Douglas Arthur Adams, five granddaughters, four greatgrandchildren. She has five living sisters and six brothers. Her parents, a sister, a brother, and a grandchild have died. Funeral services were held at the Old Regular Baptist Church and burial was in the Fred Adams Cemetery.

Geneva and I were less than a year apart in age so we grew up as close friends as well as brother and sister. As children we went everywhere together. like to Grandma Thompson's home, Grandma Adams's home and Aunt Frances's home. We walked to and from school together many years. Later as teenagers we went to Begie Breeding's Rainbow Thearter to the movies. On Sundays we would walk to Isom and back just to see the people at the stock sale.

Our mother was a hardworking woman. In the summer she cooked breakfast for everyone then got everyone ready to go to the fields to work. Everyone that was big enough to keep a hoe in front of them and between two rows had to hoe with her. Geneva, along with two great snake dogs, had to watch the small children that our mother placed on a quilt at the edge of the field and she did a great job.

When I left home my sister Geneva was young and beautiful and full of life at 19 years of age. She worked at housecleaning in Whitesburg along with Minnie Adams, Lizzie Blair Campbell, Esteva Blair and Una Blair Stickel. They all rode to work with Steve Adams and Clyde Adams, who were truck drivers that drove trucks from Whitesburg. Geneva from time to time would have parties for her girlfriends at the weekends.

As a young girl Geneva wrote poems and some were about baby Jesus, her Savior. Geneva had a nervous breakdown many years ago and was very sick many times through her life. I strongly believe those early doctors may have done more damage than good to her. We will miss Geneva so very much, but we will always have the beautiful memories of her and we will always love her.

My father Arthur Adams's nephew James Truman Blair died Nov. 29 after being diagnosed with cancer on Nov. 24. Truman was born in the very head of Still House Branch on Arthur Loop off Blair Branch Road on Sept. 20, 1945. Truman died at his home on his mountain where he lived all his life except a short time that he lived in Somerset. Funeral services were held at the Old Regular Baptist Church and burial was in the Henry Adams and Johnny Blair Cemetery.

Truman loved to hunt squirrels both in Kentucky and in Ohio with his family. He loved going to the memorial services at the William Adams Cemetery each year. He always enjoyed attending the Blair Branch School reunion that's held each year. Each year he loved to attend the Adams, Thompson and Blair Reunion so he could talk to everyone and play in the washer tournament.

He always attended Lovell Blair's memorial service and played in the washer tournament held there. Lovell was probably Truman's best friend. Truman rode back and forth to Paulding, Ohio, many times with Judy and me to visit with his family that lives there. He was a little man with a few words and had no problem making friends that all loved him. He is greatly missed!

Evolena Back Adams died Dec. 17 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home. Evolena was born on Aug. 21, 1934, at Perkins Branch to the late Green and Celia Blair Back. Evolena and Robert lived on Blair Branch all their married life. Evolena leaves her husband Robert E. Adams and a son, Kirk Adams. Funeral services were held at the Letcher Funeral Home chapel and the burial was at the Adams Cemetery on Blair Branch.

Evolena loved everyone that she met and they loved her and she loved coming and helping out at the reunion. Evolena once asked me to write a friend of hers that was near death about salvation. Evolena was concerned that she may die not knowing the Lord as her Savior. I wrote her friend a letter explaining what she had to do to be saved and I also wrote a prayer for help to guide her to pray for salvation. Evolena nor I ever heard what the friend did about her salvation. We all loved Evolena very much. Evolena's husband Robert is related to my father Arthur Adams, who is a first cousin to Robert's mother.

My sister Geneva Adams's son Darold Keith Adams died Dec. 20, at his brother Doug's home on Blair Branch with a heart attack. Darold was born June 30, 1964, and lived on Blair Branch most of his life. Darold's mother Geneva Adams died two months earlier. He leaves two brothers, Dennis Gene and Douglas Arthur, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Old Regular Baptist Church and burial was in the Fred Adams Cemetery.

Darold was liked by everyone very much. He always stayed close to home and never bothered anyone. Ellis Adams told me he saw Darold drive out and back into the hollow once a day. Martha Sue Blair said about Darold, "He was my buddy. I would check on him each day by looking to see if his lights were on or if I could see him outside." I'm sure that he would have been proud had he known that.

We appreciate those words from Martha Sue about our loved one. I will never forget them, it meant a lot to me to hear that. We will never forget him and we will always love him. Darold was a man of few words but he would walk out by the road and if you would stop he would talk with you. We will miss him.

Mack Blair, a distant cousin died Jan. 8 at his home on Tooters Branch off Blair Branch Road after his home caught fire and was destroyed. Mack was the son of the late Fred and Callie Blair. Mack leaves his wife, Sandra Lyn Murphy Blair; three sons, three daughters and two brothers; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Old Regular Baptist Church and burial was in the Fred Blair Cemetery.

I hadn't seen Mack since I left home in 1961 until last year at a reunion at the Blair Branch Church and I didn't recognize him. Mack lived in Ohio for years then moved back to Kentucky some time ago and became self-employed painting cars. When we were young boys, Mack Blair, Allen Whitaker, Lyle Blair, myself and others that I can't remember would work our family horses or mules every day through the week then on Sunday we would ride them all over. We loved to run them as soon as we got away from our fathers. We would run the horses because that was more fun. Our generation was the last one on Blair Branch that every family had a cow and a horse and they were a must. Mack's family, friends and neighbors will miss him. We love him and will remember all the good memories of Mack.

My father Arthur Adams's nephew Hobart Blair died Jan. 16 after he suffered a heart attack. Hobart was born June 12, 1937, on Blair Branch and lived there all his life. Hobart leaves his wife, Kathy, two brothers and three sisters. Three brothers and three sisters have died along with his parents. Funeral services were held at the Old Regular Baptist Church and burial was in the Dewey Blair Cemetery. Hobart was a quiet man and didn't say much when we were growing up on Blair Branch. His wife Kathy and his family and all of us will miss him.

I left Blair Branch in 1961 and went to Ohio looking for work. I met and married Judy Commers from Paulding, Ohio, and we raised a family of three children. Around the same time many other people from eastern Kentucky felt they had to migrate north for work so they left and never returned to Kentucky to live there. After all these years I still miss my family and friends in and around Jeremiah and Blair Branch where I was born and raised. My wife and I have attended a lot of the funerals over the years back in this area, but some are impossible to attend because of sickness or other personal obligations. We have so many memories of these seven people that have slipped away into eternity.

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