Charles P. Adams, Sr.
Charles P. Adams Sr., 94, of Hot Springs passed away Monday, March 3, 2014, at his home. He was born June 18, 1919, in Louisville, Ky., to the late Charles P. and Josephine Hettinger Adams.
At the age of 7 he was placed in St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Louisville until the age of 15 when he went to work to support his mother. He entered the military, serving during World War II. His service included time in Africa and Italy.
After military service, he went to work for Mississippi Products Inc. in Jackson, Miss., and in 1961 moved his family to Benton where he was part owner of Arkansas Face Veneer.
In 1969 he established his own business, Adams Face Veneer in Malvern, which is still in operation today.
Faith and family were the most important things in his life. He was a former member and strong supporter of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and School in Benton. Mr. Adams was a member of St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church in Hot Springs.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Kathryn O’Keefe Adams.
He is survived by his wife, Veronica “Ronnie” Adams of Hot Springs; one son, Charles P. Adams Jr. and wife Becky of Destin, Fla.; two daughters, Barbara Adams Moore and husband Charles of Hot Springs and Carol Adams Smithers and husband Dr. Mark Smithers of Atlanta, Texas; seven grandchildren, Tara Moore Magnarini (Vinnie), Adam Moore (Briana), Kate Adams Mehta (Ravee), Chad Adams (Leah), Dr. Joel Smithers, Dr. Drew Smithers, and Bridger Smithers (Andrea); six great-grandchildren, Sandler Moore, Mia Magnarini, Milo Moore, Zane Magnarini, Lilli Smithers, and Livi Adams; and many friends.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church in Hot Springs. Celebrant will be the Rev. Innocent Okore. Serving as pallbearers are grandsons and sons-in-law, Dr. Joel Smithers, Dr. Drew Smithers, Bridger Smithers, Dr. Mark Smithers, Chad Adams, Adam Moore and Charles Moore. Clyde Ratcliff and Rusty Witham will serve as honorary pallbearers. Committal service will follow at 2 p.m. at New Rosemont Memorial Park in Benton.
Rosary with visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at the church.
Arrangements are by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (501-315-4047).
Memorials may be made to the Charles P. Adams and Kathryn O’Keefe Adams Trust, Catholic Foundation of the Dioceses of Jackson, Miss., P.O. Box 2248, Jackson, MI 39225; or St. Mary’s of the Springs Catholic Church Building Fund, 100 Central, Hot Springs, AR 71913; or St. John’s Catholic School, 583 W. Grand Ave., Hot Springs, AR 71913.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.