Deedy Adams


Services for Deedy Adams will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore.  Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 7 at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. She died Monday, April 3 at home, surrounded by family.

Deedy Adams, daughter of the late Maurice and Frances Adams, was born in Kilgore on May 21, 1948. She is survived by one sister, Donna Vanderwoude and husband Fred of Dallas. She attended Kilgore schools and graduated from Kilgore High School and Kilgore College, where she was a Rangerette.

Deedy graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education with majors in French and English, and a minor in History in 1970. In 1983, she received a Master of Education Degree with Supervisors and Mid-Management Certifications.  Post graduate work included a concentration in linguistics and language acquisition.   In 1999, she earned a certification in Dance. Her teaching career included teaching French and English at Jasper High School for one year. Then, she spent the next 11 years as a military dependent, living in six states, and Japan and Okinawa.   During this time, she tutored English and studied Japanese and American Sign Language.

Upon her return to Kilgore in 1981, she taught French I,II,III,IV at Henderson High School for 25 years. She was named Most Influential Teacher for seven years.   During those years she also taught English 9 - 12 in Summer School for 18 years, directed the Varsity and Junior Varsity Drill Teams for 13 years, taught Conversational French at the Adult Education Division at Kilgore for seven years.   She retired in 2007.

Deedy is survived by her four children and 10 grandchildren:  daughter Christi and husband Marc Whitten and grandsons Jack and Alex of Seattle, Wash.; son Kirk and wife Angie Crutcher Williams and grandkids Madison, Kara, and Grant of Trophy Club; son Jason and wife Alison Murphy Williams and granddaughters Kailyn, Kylee and Kenzie of Round Rock; daughter Jaimee and husband Al Grush IV and granddaughters Palmer and Sophie of Kilgore.

Deedy was the fifth generation Adams to live on the land settled by her great-great-grandfather when he came from Ireland to Kilgore in 1846 and settled in Rusk County.  She loved travel, studying languages, music and dance, and spending time with family and friends.   She is a lifetime member of Rangerettes Forever, lifetime member of Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation, a 36 year member of Beta Sigma Phi (XI PI MU), 10 year member of the Coterie Club of Kilgore, and attends The Church at Lake Cherokee.

Deedy was very appreciative of her friends and family who have supported her with love, prayers, cards, and messages for the past two years in her fight against leukemia, including nine months of hospitalization at MD Anderson hospital for a bone marrow transplant.