John C. Adams

June 11, 1937 - May 15, 2020
John C. Adams

John Charles Adams, 82 of South West City, Missouri passed away peacefully at daylight surrounded by family on the ranch he loved on May 15, 2020.

John’s proudest achievement was his family. Survivors include his wife Eve of 61 years, of the home, five children, ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and his sister Sylvia Ireland of Wentzville, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, George C. Adams.

Children: John Charles II and Rhonda Adams; Cynthia and Bill Towler; Deborah and Danny Alsup; David and Jennifer Adams, Elizabeth and Brian Haught.

Grandchildren: Emily Douglass; John Adams III; Jacy Lippoldt; Kristopher Adams; Felicia Bowles; Andrew Haught; Jessica Horton; Carson Alsup; Kirby Romines; Sarah Haught.

Great Grandchildren: Tatijanna Cagatay; Jaxon Douglass; Jakob Douglass; Jamez Douglass; Alycia Douglass; Jacen Douglass; Raiden Horton; Maverick Adams; Jaelynn Adams; Jade Adams; and Jordan Adams.

One Great-Great Grand Child: Levent Cagatay.

John was born June 11, 1937, at the Rogers home of his grandparents. He was the firstborn son of Charlie Earl and Aileen Rhoads Adams. He moved to the Oakley Chapel area and attended Droke School, a two-room school, later graduating from Rogers High School in 1955. In high school, he was elected President of Student Council and voted friendliest boy of the senior class.

A Jersey calf, a gift from his grandfather, began a lifelong career as a dairy farmer. He showed his Jerseys all over the state through 4-H programs. He was elected to many leadership offices, including State 4-H Vice President.

In 1958, John enlisted in United States Air Force. He was a Russian Linguist. After graduating from Presidio of Monterey, California, John and Eve Donaghey were married in 1959. He was assigned as a Russian Cryptology Analyst at the National Security Agency at Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland. He moved his beloved Jersey cows to Maryland near the base.

John’s career was devoted to agriculture and after his discharge from the Air Force, he returned to Northwest Arkansas to establish his dairy farm with his Jersey cows. John and Eve moved to Southwest City, Missouri after selling the farm near the airport in Bentonville. John sold his Jersey cows and became a rancher with Black Angus.

John served in many leadership roles in the community. He was President of Associated Milk Producers, Benton County Farm Bureau and 4-H Leader. Selected as Benton County Farm Family in 1986 and later Arkansas State Farm Family, his family was honored at the Governor’s Mansion.

His love of community extended to donating and building a fire station on the ranch, installing a cell phone tower and joining in fundraising for Southwest City Missouri Library. John was a lead donor to the Crowder College Campus in Jane, MO and he was honored with the Distinguished Service Award.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Southwest City, MO. John’s greatest hobby started at the age of 15 and continued for sixty years. He was the Southern Gospel Quartet Bass Singer for the 4 Johns; Cavaliers; Country Men; and the Corner Stone Quartet.

Memorials are requested in lieu of flowers to either: Benton County 4-H Foundation Scholarship; 1204 SW 14th Street, Suite 2, Bentonville AR 72712 OR Crowder College Foundation; 601 Laclede Ave, Neosho, MO 64850

A Memorial Homecoming Parade to honor John, will be held Monday, May 18, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. Please drive by the Adams Cattle Company, located at 846 South Highway 43, Southwest City, Missouri, to pay your respects. Private graveside services will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Oakley Chapel Cemetery in Rogers, Arkansas. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Missouri.