Veteran-IntroAdams, Donald military newspapersDonald C. “D.C.’ Adams, 90, of Cape Girardeau, went to be with his loving wife and his heavenly family on, June 13, 2016 at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born March 20, 1926, in Pocahontas, the youngest of five boys, to Archie O. and Elsie L. Moore Adams.  He and Ellen Jean Proffer were married July 9, 1948.  They were married nearly 60 years when she passed away March 10, 2008.

D.C. attended Bethel Assembly of God Church in Cape Girardeau.

His first job was farming for the family and other local farmers.  When he was 18, he joined the U.S. Merchant Marines and served honorably from May 26, 1944 until August 15, 1945, having received the Merchant Marine Emblem, Atlantic War Zone Bar, Pacific War Zone Bar, and the Mediterranean/Middle East War Zone Bar.  D.C. served in South Africa, West Africa, Italy, France, and Jamaica. In October 2012, he culminated his U.S. Merchant Marines experience by participating in the World War II Honor Tour in Washington, D.C.  He and his brother, John Adams, who served in the U.S. Navy, participated in the Honor Tour sponsored by the Poplar Bluff American Legion.  He talked about this trip for months and enjoyed sharing his photo book with family and friends.

D.C. worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a cable splicer, retiring after 35 years.  He belonged to St. Marks Lodge #93AF & AM, Valley of St. Louis and Capaha Rite of the Scottish Rite, The York Rite Bodies, The Moolah Temple of St. Louis, and Cape Shrine Club, the Sword of Bunker Hill, and Hi 12 Club.  He also belonged to the American Legion Post #158 in Jackson; he was a life member of the VFW Post #3838 in Cape Girardeau, and was a retired member of CWA Workers of America and Telephone Pioneers.

D.C. volunteered in the community, as well as the Missouri Veterans Home for many years. Although his favorite hobby was being a mechanic, he enjoyed Cardinal baseball, car races and going to county fairs; but he especially loved family outings and looking forward to everyone being home together at Christmas. He will be greatly missed by friends, family, and all who knew him; he never met a stranger… Once you met him, you knew him.

Loving survivors include three sons, Gary C. Adams of Lawndale, California, Jerry W Adams of Youngtown, Arizona, and Danny R. Adams of Fenton, Missouri; two daughters, Cynthia L. Adams Rainwater of Cape Girardeau and Donna D. (James) Whittaker of Maumelle, Arkansas; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Woodrow, Harold, John, and Rusby Adams, two grandsons, Gary C, Adams, Jr. and Joshua C. Adams.

The visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.  A Masonic Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the funeral home, with the Rev. Phillip Roop officiating.

Interment will be in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson, with military honors.

Memorial contributions  may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 4400 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, or Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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  1. Laura Bennett

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Laura Dillman Bennett

  2. Rod Thomas

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this trying time.

    Rod Thomas

  3. Jeannette Stone

    Dear Adams family.
    We are praying for your family at this time. Thinking about you and the joy your father brought to all of us at Bethel. We didn’t get to know him well; but enjoyed the conversations we had with him. Love and prayers for God’s comfort.

    Jeannette, Jim and Jimmy Stone

  4. Michelle

    I’m so sorry for your loss, and send my condolences. This is one of the hardest times in a family’s life, always know that others care. Most important God cares. He has promised a time when he will “swallow up death forever and he will wipe the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25:8) Praying for your family, and praying you will find comfort in this promise.

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