News of the Family


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I 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.


My 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.

In 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.

Bob 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.

Bob 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.

Bob 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.




I received 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, Louie).




Ona 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.

Ona 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.

On 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.

Ona 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.

For 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. 

Ona 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

Karen's 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 pictures.



April's Grandson's Entry

I don't have exact date, but April has a new grandson, Conner.  Conner is the son of Damian.  See 'Younger Generation' for pictures.



Update on Robert and Ona Blaine:  Robert is now a resident at

Eastern Kentucky Veteran's Center

Room J241

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




Robert 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 married.

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See "Younger Generation Page" for more wedding pictures.



Great-Granddaughter for Lorinda & Jerry

Granddaughter for Karen & Ken Jacobs

Emily Jane Jacobs

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Jerry 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.  See Younger Generation Page for more pictures.



Great-grandson for Violetta

Grandson for Connie

Lincoln Julius Compton

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(More pictures of L.J. on Violett's "Next Generation" Page)

First 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 Oklahoma.



Great-granddaughter for Violetta

Granddaughter for Terry

Taryn Isabella Caballero

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Born June 20, 2006 at 6:41 PM.  She weighed in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces and had already grown to 19.5 inches.

Taryn lives in California where her mom, Aletta, and her dad, Pedro, make their home, near Grandmother Terry.



Ray 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 November 2005. 



William N. Craft

January 8, 2005

It 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 Bill at




Alice Mae Adams

February 14, 2004

I 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.




July 16, 2004

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.

If 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 are shared.


Alice's Legacy

Remembering Alice



Ralph Bolton

September 30, 2004

Our 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 deceased.




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