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Richard "Chief" Clay Adams

December 27, 1950 - April 30, 2021

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Richard “Chief” Clay Adams, 70, of Appomattox passed away Friday, April 30, 2021 at his home with his family by his side.

He was retired from the US Navy and worked as an Electronic Communications Specialist for many years. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Richard was preceded in death by his son, Bobby Clay Adams and his parents, Charles and June Adams.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Patricia Ann Landry Adams; his five children, Benjamin Adams (Mary) of Oceanside, CA, Joshua Adams (Sean) of Virginia Beach, Danielle Johnson of Bedford, Shawn Johnson (Courtney) of Wilmington, NC, and Richard Swanson (Tina) of Galesburg, IL; two brothers, Steve Adams (Jim) of Galesburg, IL and Mike Adams (Kris) of Utica, IL; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, May 7, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service or any time at their home.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal shelter.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.


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So sorry to hear of Chief's passing. I remember him fondly from work, telling all manner of outrageous stories from the Navy -- including having to hot-bunk under a leaky oil pipe. He is truly missed.

Posted by Scott Gresham on May 7, 2021

So sorry for your loss. May the Lord keep His arms around you, as you go thru this time of sorrow. May He give you all the peace that passes all understanding. We love you Pat & Benji.

Posted by Paula D Bush on May 4, 2021

We were in the same year our school. The best memories I gave is riding bikes with him all over Galesburg. Fishing Lake story even taking lunch to his father who was working on costruction of Interstate 74 out by the Knox Co. Nursing home. Richie was an A-1 individual. Always ready for fun and good humor. Thanks for being a friend Richie coast awhile now. Condolences to your family, hope your memory brings them comfort. ❤

Posted by JACK MIYLER on May 3, 2021

My condolences to you Aunt Patty and Danielle. My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Mallory Ahern on May 2, 2021

Sorry for your loss. I will always remember the things he taught me.

Posted by Charles Phelps on May 2, 2021

Rich, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. It was a honor to of met him and spend time with him each time he came back to Illinois. His stories were fantastic and will never be forgotten. Prayers to you and Tina in your time of healing.

Posted by Tony & Ashley Mink on May 1, 2021

So sorry to hear this news. My most heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Adams and the family. Chief Adams was a valued and trusted shipmate.

Posted by Doug Poad on May 1, 2021

Rest easy Rich, I have the watch! Had some good times! Carry on shipmate!

Posted by Scott Powell on May 1, 2021

What a shock ! When I first came to the Alaska I got to know Chief Adams and became friends . He taught me a lot RIP shipmate. We have the watch !

Posted by Waino Salo on May 1, 2021

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