Jean Priot Adams, 86, of Benbrook, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 at his home with his loved ones at his side.
Funeral Services: 2:00 p.m., Monday at Western Hills United Methodist Church, 2820 Laredo Dr., Fort Worth, 76116; with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Jean was born Oct. 10, 1930 in Hope, Ark. to William Elbert Adams and Emille (Millie) Cornette. He was the youngest child and only son with four older sisters, Ernestine Ann, Margaret (Peggy), Ruth, and Rosemary.
He lived in Dallas until he was six years old, then the family moved to DeQueen, Ark. where he attended DeQueen schools, graduating in 1948. Jean enrolled at Arkansas Tech Junior College in Russellville, Ark. majoring in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, he joined the Air Force, where he became a Radar Observer on the fighter jet F-94C.
He met Frankie Jeanne Pidgeon at the First Methodist Church, Houston, while stationed at Ellington Air Force Base. There were married in Eagle Lake on Nov. 7, 1953. After he assigned to Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, he and Frankie lived in Hampton, Va. until Dec. 1955.
Jean gave up his commission of 1st Lt. to continue his Engineering degree at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. After graduating in 1958, he accepted a position with Convair Aeronautical Co. in Fort Worth, retiring after 34 years with the company which became General Dynamics. During his tenure he worked on the B58, F1-11, F16, RB 57 and was program director for the Atlas Centaur. Children, Brenda Kay, Scott and Sue made their immediate family complete.
Jean and Frankie became Charter members of the Western Hills United Methodist Church in 1959, and served throughout their lives in many capacities. Jean was asked to build "an old rugged cross" (from two black walnut trees which had to be removed from the church property) for the new Sanctuary in 1994. Many plaques hang on the walls throughout the church that Jean carved to commemorate important dates. Their Fellowship Class enriched their lives while also serving in many areas of the church. Greeting at the front door of the church every Sunday morning for many years was "Joy of Joys" for him.
Jean was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Earnestine McLeod, Peggy Upham, and Rosemary Poeshel.
Survivors: Loving wife of almost 64 years, Frankie; sister, Ruth Stewart of Wichita Falls; daughter, Brenda Tilson and husband, Lamar of Boyd; son, Scott Adams of Dallas; and daughter, Sue Rampy and husband, James of Lewisville. He was a very loved "Papaw" to Daniel Martin, Taylor Rampy, Tommy Tilson and Colton Rampy. He was "Uncle Jean" to many nephews and nieces and is also survived by many who claimed him as theirs.
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