Jonathan Biggs “J.B.” Adams went to be with the Lord January 1, 2013, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Kosciusko. He was born June 13, 1920 to Clifton Clyde (C.C.) Adams and Hattie Matilda Biggs Adams in Kosciusko.
Visitation will be Friday, January 4, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. prior to the funeral at 11:30 a.m. at Jordan Funeral Home in Kosciusko. Burial will follow in the Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery north of Kosciusko.
Pallbearers will be Guyton (Guy) Collins, John Clifton (Cliff) Brunt, Stephen Rone, John-Mark Cain, Albert Howell, and Bryan Weaver.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Moore, Anthony Moore, Butch Pinkard, Bob Scott, and Lamar Bailey.
Pastors officiating will be Rev. Barry Corbett, pastor of First Baptist Church Kosciusko, and Rev. Phillip McDaniel, pastor of Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church.
He was a member of Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church, where he was a lay speaker for many years. He was active in the church in many capacities. He had been a member of the Gideons since April 2, 1976. He and his wife, Helen, were one of four couples that started the chapter in Kosciusko. He was a very active member.
For many years, he led a group from Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church each Saturday morning as they ministered to the residents at the Attala Nursing Home through preaching and singing. Serving the Lord in these capacities was very dear to his heart.
He served our country in the United States Army Infantry Company D, 599th Signal Air Warning Battalion during World War II form 1941-1945. His job was company cook of which he was very proud. He loved concocting the best he could from the rations they were issued. Most of his tour was in the Western Pacific. He was awarded the ATO Medal; APTO Medal; Good Conduct Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.
Before retirement, he was employed for many years with Sullivan and Ramsey Construction Co. After they closed, he worked with S. L. Bailey Co. He also farmed and raised dairy and beef cattle. He continued his carpentry work after retirement for several years as self-employed. He loved making things with his hands.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Clyde Adams; two sisters, Louise Adams Bain (Hollis), and Marie Adams Flanagan (Ralph), and one son-in-law, Dwight Rone.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Helen Walker Adams; three daughters, Elizabeth Adams Collins (Joe) of Madison, and their children, Mary Helen Collins of Nashville, TN, and Guyton (Guy) Collins (Karla Whitwer Collins) and daughter, Daisy of Madison; Linda Adams Rone of Kosciusko and children, Denae Rone Cain (John-Mark Cain) and children, Kinley and Breelyn of Kosciusko and Stephen Rone (Haley Jordan Rone) and children, Ethan and Evan of Clinton; Connie Adams Brunt (Harvey Brunt) of Kosciusko and children John Clifton (Cliff) Brunt (Anna Costagliola) of Millstone Township, NJ and Cindy Brunt Howell (Albert Howell) and children, Natalie and Kaitlyn of Kosciusko; one sister-in-law, Mildred Bain Adams, age 99.
He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a very happy person, who loved to laugh and delighted in telling jokes. One of his favorite places to speak was to the Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church Quilting Club’s Christmas Party. He loved making them laugh. His family was very dear to him and his relationship with the Lord was an example to all. He will be greatly missed!
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Ralph Miller, 22287 Highway 12, Ethel, MS 39067-6118 or The Gideons.