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just learned from reading the local newspaper that a family
member, Thurston Alec Robbins had passed away "last week"
(paper was dated 9/19/07). He was 91 years of age.
If I get more information, I will add it here.
cousin, Ishmael Robbins' daughter, Nina Joan, died September
19. I have no other information except she had leumemia.
If anyone can add to this information, email me.
Robert left us to join Ona Blaine August 30.
His obituary is below. A special page is in the works
for a memorial for Robert and Ona Blaine.
It has been said, "Life is eternal, and love is
immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is
nothing save the limit of our sight." On Friday,
August 30, 2007, Robert Vernon Adams moved beyond our
sight and into the presence of God at the age of 80
years, 9 months and 7 days.
Robert was born November 21, 1926 to the late Louie
Gibson Adams and Kelsey G. Adams of Cowan. when
Bob was just a few months old, his mother became ill and
passed away. He then lived with his paternal
grandparents, Will and Loretta Adams of Cowan.
1944, slightly before his 18th birthday, Bob joined the
Navy and served during the Second World War, stationed
at Pearl Harbor. Following the war, Bob returned
to Letcher County and began working at the A & P in
Neon. On day, he spotted a beautiful young woman,
and asked his friend, Ruddell Penny, the beauty's name.
He told his friend, "I may not be able to say her name,
but I am going to marry her." True to his word,
Bob and Ona Blaine Quillen Adams were married on
December 3, 1947 and spent almost 60 wonderful years
together before Ona's passing in June of 2007. It
was a life of love and laughter tempered with sorrow by
the loss of their son, Michael Lynn, in March of 1980.
A brother, Kelsey Ray Adams and sister Alice Mae Adams
preceded Bob in death.
was a man of many careers. He worked as manager of
the A & P in both Neon and Harlan for many year before
retiring in 1972. Then he began working in the
Quillen Rexalls in both Whitesburg and neon before he
and Ona purchased the Drug Store in Neon. Bob and
Ona made many lunch time memories for Fleming-Neon High
School students. After selling the drug Store in
early 1980's Bob began his third career working at
Rowlette's Shopwise. He took great pleasure and
pride in his produce department. When a greenhouse
was added. Bob's passion for gardening was evident
in the abundance of flowers and plants he ad God were
able to produce.
Service was a lesson Bob taught his children through
action. Bob was an active member of the Neon
Volunteer Fire Department and later served on the board
of Directors. He was also very active in the Neon
Community Lions Club. His years of service include
holding many offices and serving a committee chair for
the Eye Glass project. Even as his lungs began to
fail, Bob would be at the Lions Club tent taking money
at their annual fish Fry during Neon Days.
was a member of the Neon First Church of God and was
baptized on October 20, 1963. Bob was a great
encourager to all those who sang, taught or served the
church and the Lord.
is survived by son Philip V Adams (Kathy) of Neon and
Linda Adams Colling (James D) also of Neon. His
pride and joy were his grandchildren: Allison R Adams,
Jonathan D. Adams, Robert K. Collins, and S. Stamper
Collins all of Neon and Michael A. Adams (Heather) of
Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Those who also mourn his
loss are sisters Deloers Adams and Lorinda Grubbs
(Jerry) of Lincoln Park, Michigan, Violetta Adams of
Pikeville, Nephews Dr. Sam W. Quillen (Anna), Cossie
"Scooter" Quillen (Brenda) and niece Lesley Quillen
Williams (Dennis). He will be deeply missed by a
beloved church family and a host of other relatives,
friends and neighbors.
word today that the Opal Frost, wife of Don Frost, died. Don
is Robert's cousin on his mother's side of the family.
If you visited
Robert and Ona Blaine's page,
you will know that Robert's mother died when he was an infant,
and he was reared by our grandparents, Will and Loretta Adams.
Don is the son of Robert's aunt Rachel (sister to his mother,
Blaine left us June 9, 2007. Her obituary is below.
More information is on
Robert and Ona Blaine's page.
Seneca said, "The day which we fear as our last is but
the birth of eternity. "Saturday, June 9, Ona
Blaine Quillen Adams celebrated her birth into a
glorious life free of pain, sickness and physical
limitations after a life of eighty years, four months
and twenty-one days.
was born January 19, 1927 to the late W. M. Quillen and
Essie Blaine Wright Quillen. It was a home built
on a firm foundation of Christian principles and love.
These were the lessons instilled in her and her brothers
Cossie C Quillen, Dr. Samuel W. Quillen, Victor Quillen
and an infant brother Edsel Quillen all of whom preceded
her in death.
December 3, 1947, Ona Blaine married the love of her
life, Robert Vernon Adams. In fifty-nine years of
marriage, they shared laughter, tears, joy and pride in
the family they created. Ona taught her children
and grandchildren the same lessons she learned, serve
God and those around you, love everyone, cherish your
family and always realize that in all things, whether
good or ill, you are blessed. They were lessons
taught in the life she lived. Even in one of the
darkest times, the death of a beloved son, Michael Lynn
Adams on March 8, 1980 she taught us to hold firm in
faith and treasure the time we had.
was a member of the Neon First church of God all of her
life. In 1940, she became a Christian and was
baptized. She was more than a church member.
As Sunday School Secretary for more than 30 years, she
was keeper of records and dispenser of hugs to every
child who "brought in the book." As secretary to
the Women of the Church of God, she was historian of not
just the ladies group, but also the church as a whole.
over thirty years, Ona worked as a beautician in both
Harlan and Neon. Then in the 1980's, she and Bob
owned and operated the Neon Rexall. Many of the
FNHS students ate lunch daily with Bob and Ona and have
shared how special she made each of them feel.
is survived by son Philip V. Adams (Kathy F Adams) of
Neon, Linda Adams Collins (James D. Collins) of Neon.
She is also survived by the pride and joys of her life,
five grandchildren, Allison R. Adams, Jonathan D. Adams,
Robert K. Collins, S. Stamper Collins, all of Neon and
Michael A. Adams (Heather) of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
In addition she is survived by nephews Sam Quillen
(Anna), Scooter Quillen (Brenda). J. V. Quillen (Annie)
and nieces Leslie Williams (Dennis), Nina Faye Selvage
and Nelda Gay Johnson (Robert), a church family she
dearly loved and a host of other family and friends who
will miss her.
New Arrival May 26, 2007
Delores' newest one
first grandchild, Kaylee, born to Kasey and Raymond Lester, arrived
Saturday, May 26, 2007. She arrived with a head start of
8 pounds, 2.5 ounces. See
"Younger Generation Page" for
have exact date, but April has a new grandson, Conner.
Conner is the son of Damian. See 'Younger Generation'
on Robert and Ona Blaine: Robert is now a
Eastern Kentucky Veteran's Center
200 Veterans Drive
Hazard, Kentucky 41707
Jerry, Lorinda and I visited him recently and were
very impressed with the excellent facility.
Robert has adjusted well to being there and feels
he gets very good care. His only complaint
is having to be away from Ona Blaine.
Ona Blaine is currently in Letcher Manor Nursing
Home for therapy after having her lower leg
amputated due to circulation problem. After
therapy and when she get her prosthesis, she hopes
to be able to go home to Fleming again.
Linda reports that she loves visiting with the
permanent residents at Manor and cheers them.
Her address is:
Letcher Manor Nursing Home
P O Box 747
Whitesburg, KY 41858
and Ona Blaine gained a granddaughter-in-law. Philip's
son, Michael, was married (I think, July 2006). Michael
is now in the armed services and stationed in Fort Campbell,
Kentucky (for the time being anyway). He recently
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Great-Granddaughter for Lorinda & Jerry
Granddaughter for Karen & Ken Jacobs
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and Lorinda now have two great-grandchildren. Karen's &
Ken's son, Kenny, and his wife, Leslie, gave their son, Nathan,
a little sister May 4, 2006. Her name is Emily.
Younger Generation Page for more pictures.
Great-grandson for Violetta
Grandson for Connie
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(More pictures of L.J. on Violett's "Next
grandbaby for Connie and a great-grandson for Violetta.
Lincoln Julius was born to Connie's son, Bruce, and his wife,
Naelah, on April 17,2006, weighing in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces
and 20 inches long. They live in
Great-granddaughter for Violetta
Granddaughter for Terry
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June 20, 2006 at 6:41 PM. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 7
ounces and had already grown to 19.5 inches.
lives in California where her mom, Aletta, and her dad, Pedro,
make their home, near Grandmother Terry.
Neil and Joyce (Compton) Baker's son, Kyle Lynn Baker, Passed
away August 17, 2006 at 46 years of age. The family
lives in Plymouth, Michigan. Joyce is the daughter of
Morgan and Margaret Compton (both deceased) of Neon, Kentucky.
Margaret is the sister of Mother, Lillie. Our
condolences to Kyle's Family.
Delores moved to Michigan, from Jenkins in
William N. Craft
January 8, 2005
is with a sad heart that we add another bit of news here.
On January 8, 2005, we lost anther member of our family:
Williams N. (Bill) Craft, the son of William N. (Nat) and
Valma (Adams) Craft.
Bill's son, Winn, has created a very nice memorial page for
Alice Mae Adams
February 14, 2004
have already mentioned on her page that she is very ill and on
life support at this time. We expect her to be moved to
Louisville as soon as she is able to make the trip where she
will have the special care that she needs. further
updates will be added here.
February 24, 2004
Alice was moved to Wheelersburg, Ohio - Greenbriar Healthcare
Center. Her address is Alice Hall; Greenbriar Healthcare
Center; 1242 Crescent Drive; Wheelersburg, Ohio 45694 (740)
574-8441. As of today, she is in Southern Ohio Medical
Center in Portsmouth being treated for pneumonia. At
last report, her temperature has returned to nearly normal.
March 9, 2004
Alice is back at Greenbriar Healthcare Center. The last
report is that there is no change. Her vital signs are
good, and her temperature back to normal but not responding.
Alice left us today. Her suffering has ended. Our
hearts are saddened, but we know that she has surrendered her
visa for her visit on earth and has taken up her permanent
citizenship in a country where she will never be deported.
I hope you will visit her three pages on Heart 2 Heart.
If you wish to do so, see below.
you have any "Alice Memories" you would like to share on her
page "Remembering Alice," please email me. We are
leaving the page as an "open page" to be added to as memories
September 30, 2004
condolences go out to Apirl (Lucas) Bolton in the loss of her
husband, Ralph, who passed away on September 20. April
is the daughter of Lovette (Adams) and Dolph Lucas.
Lovette is the sister of our dad, Kelsey. April has one
sister, Tamara Lucas. Lovette and Dolph are both