Russell Kennedy

Adams, Sr.

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Russell Kennedy Adams, Sr.

Aug 23 1929 - Jun 13 2008

Russell Kennedy Adams, Sr. died on Friday June 13th, 2008 following a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Charleston, WV, to Dr. Cecil R. and Jean Kennedy Adams, Russ was happily married to Lynn Farley for forty years until her death in April 1996. After graduating from Wharton Business School, he started a successful homebuilding business in Texas. He was President of the Dallas Home and Apartment Builders Association in 1985 and was a lifetime Director of the National Association of Builders. Russ served as a board member for the White Rock YMCA and was a fifty year contributing member of the Hella Shrine Temple. He enjoyed donating time to help others and loved working with Meals on Wheels and Feed the Children. In his later years, he was fortunate to share his life with Kathy Watts, who died in December 2007. Russ will be remembered for his great generosity and adventurous spirit. A kind man who loved the water and the outdoors, he enjoyed traveling and being with his family and friends. He is survived by his four children and their spouses: Walle and Doug Gerdts, Kenny and Kathy Adams, Laney and Stuart Burgdoerfer, Ley and Kyle Clark, his eleven grandchildren: Ben, Madison, Toni, Chase, Michaela, Petie, Jack, Abbey, McKinley, Carpenter, and Campbell, and his brother and sister-in-law: Dr Cecil R. “Pete” and Roseanne Adams, Jr. of Hilton Head, S.C. and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations be directed to the American Cancer Society. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 11a.m. at Stonebridge United Methodist Church, 1800. S. Stonebridge Drive, McKinney, TX. 75070.
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