How do you capture this man?…his legacy, imprint, and impact on the world… The words are only a dim glimpse…
John T. Adams MD, 90, of Midland, Texas – cherished and devoted husband, Daddy, Grandaddy, mentor, and friend joined his bride of 65 years, Martha Scharbauer Adams, in heaven September 24, 2021. A joyous reunion together with their oldest son, Steve Adams.
Meeting at Baylor University and marrying on June 11, 1955, Martha and John shared a life of service and adventure for 64 years until Martha went to her Heavenly Home in 2019. Martha, also a Baylor grad and a nurse, journeyed with John through medical school at Southwestern (1957), private practice in Seminole, a career in medical missions in East Africa with the Southern Baptist International Mission board, medical practice in Texas then a transition to managing the AP Scharbauer Ranch in Seminole TX well into their 80s. John and Martha raised their five kids, preparing them for the world or the world for them – Steve Adams (deceased), Jim Adams, Linda Witte, Cinda Brooks and John Adams Jr. “Chipper”.
John celebrates a heavenly reunion with his parents, B. T. Adams and Irene Kitchen Adams, three sisters and a brother. He is hugely missed by his brother Bill, sister Virginia, family, friends, and many others he opened his home and heart to on three different continents.
With his passion for adventure, nature, helping others and bumping boundaries, John led his family through a life of serving, volunteering, backpacking, motorcycle racing, birdwatching, camping, cycling, running, rock climbing all over the world. While John loved all of this, his greatest passion was for God and family. He loved fiercely and was loved deeply.
He leaves behind family and friends who miss him deeply and who have been forever imprinted by this amazing man. He is a legend and leaves behind a legacy, he “walked the walk” of faith, love, family, and compassion.
John’s transition to his forever home was peaceful and spiritual with family on and around his bed under the amazing care of Hospice Midland. Special thanks go to Patrice and Jennifer who loved, served, and guided him. To honor their father’s humble ways, the family has decided not to have a memorial service, they are grateful to all those who graced John and Martha’s life and family with love and friendship.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you spend a few moments doing what he loved to do . . . cherishing family, friends, the moment, nature, and God. Donations are not requested or expected, but if inclined he would have directed you to Hospice Midland (hospiceofmidland.org).
John and Martha Adams selflessly gave their lives to love and serve. Lives well lived…showing how to live life well. Tutaonana (Swahili for “Until We Meet Again”) Daddy, John, Grandaddy, mentor, and friend … Bwana Asifiwe (“God Be Praised”)
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