Thomas Reaves Adams, Jr.


Obituary Notice

Thomas Reaves (Tommy) Adams, Jr., age 62, of Little Rock died December 22, 2003 at his home. He was born April 15, 1941 to Thomas Reaves Adams & Margaret Stewert Adams, his mother preceding him in death. Besides his father, he is survived by his wife Betty Hunter Sorensen Adams; his three step children, Karen Whitney, Lisa Struby and Erik Sorensen and his nine grandchildren: Heather Looney, Erica Sorensen, Jessica Struby, Alexandra Whitney, John Sorensen, Rosy Whitney, Jo Whitney, Leila Whitney and Hunter Struby.

Besides his father, Reaves, other grieving relatives include Jane Farabee, Kay Rash, Mildred Adams, Jane Trainham, and Ashley & Brenna Galloway.

Tommy was in the class that wasn't at Central High in 1959 but had enough credits to go on to Hendrix College. He also attended Arkansas State Teachers College and UALR, receiving degrees in History and Education. He taught in elementary and junior high school for a brief period but worked as a time keeper for Burns Security Services from 1980-2000.

Tommy had a gift for music. He played the banjo and guitar and sang country-western music as a young child, entertaining around Little Rock. He won a Barnyard Frolic Competition at age eleven and was upset that he, size 5 x 5, was not sponsored by Colonel Tom Parker over a young truck driver named Elvis Presley. Tommy also sang in early opera productions in Little Rock, the Choral Society, as well as the Church Choir at Pulaski Heights Christian Church.

For many years, Tommy served as a Big Brother, mentoring several fatherless boys. He was an avid, if often unsuccessful, fisherman, a bridge enthusiast and a Razorback Fan who wore his Regalia to watch the game on T.V. He was laid back individual with a wonderful, droll sense of humor.

Tommy and Betty celebrated 30 years of a second marriage for both, going on cruises and overseas travel after retirement.

A service of remembrance will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 28, at The Pulaski Heights Christian Church. Cremation arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home.

Gifts in Tommy's honor may be made to Life Quest, 600 Pleasant Valley, Little Rock 72227 or Little Rock Bridge House, Tanglewood Shopping Center, Little Rock, 72207 or The Pulaski Heights Christian Church 4724 Hillcrest, Little Rock, 72205.

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