Thomas Reaves "Rebo" Adams
Thomas Reaves (Rebo) Adams, Sr., was born January 25, 1920 in Helena,
Arkansas, to Skipwith Winfield Adams and Lottie Reaves Adams and died at the age
of 84 on November 14, 2004. He graduated from Little Rock Senior High School
where he moved as a teenager and lived in Little Rock for the remainder of his
life. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Stewart Adams; his son, Thomas
(Tommy) Reaves Adams, Jr.; and an infant daughter, Emily Ann Adams; and brother,
Skipwith (Skip) W. Adams. Survivors are a sister, Jane Farabee; Nieces, Kay Rash
and Jane Trainham; great niece, Ashley Galloway, and her daughter Brenna;
sister-in-law, Mildred Adams; and daughter-in-law, Betty Adams.
He joined Arkansas Carpet and Furniture Company in 1939 and was manager of
the Carpet and Drapery Department until 1980. He worked for Brandon House until
his retirement in 1987.
His love of travel took him to Alaska, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, and Hawaii
during his leisure time. Amtrak took him to various parts of the US and Canadian
Rail across their Rockies. He was as a devoted fan of Richard Allin. He loved
his trips with Away We Go tours with Betty and Charles Hall, his courses at Life
Quest, and dominos with Tommy and Betty. He would always drop whatever he was
doing at the sound of shuffling cards and in later years canasta with Jane, Kay
and Sharon was always his "Saturday night special".
He served in World War II as an Aerial Gunner on the B29 with the 19th Bomb
Group-20th Air Force, on Guam. He was awarded World War II Victory Ribbon, Good
Conduct Medal, Air Medal and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished
Reaves loved dancing, entertaining his wide circle of friends with countless
stories of past "experiences" complete with documents dating back 50
years which he lovingly kept for proof of his pranks; figuring out the odds on
football, racing and other hobbies of the sporting man. He loved the big band
sounds and was grateful to David Miller for compiling special c.d.'s of his
favorite songs which he was eager to share with his family and friends.
His friends will remember him as a quiet generous presence who would appear
in a time of need and as a constant and steadfast friend with a loving, gentle,
noncritical heart. His sense of humor sustained him and others through many
difficult periods. His quietness, patience, love of family and friends blessed
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Life Quest, The Humane Society
or a charity of your choice.
A service of remembrance will be conducted at Ruebel Funeral Home on Sunday,
November 21, 2004 at 2:00PM. Burial at Mt. Holly will be private.