Clay Addison Adams Obituary
From the Ozona Stockman:
"Clay Adams Dies Of Heart Attack Early Wednesday"
Funeral Services Set For 5 p.m. Today at the Methodist Church
Friends here and throughout West Texas were shocked Wednesday to learn
of the sudden death at about 2:30 Wednesday morning (August 7, 1957)
of Clay Adams, 55, prominent Crockett, Pecos and Val Verde county
ranchman, and member of a pioneer West Texas ranch family.
Mr. Adams, who had been in apparent good health, suffered a heart
attack at around midnight Tuesday night. Mrs. Adams summoned a
physician and after emergency treatment in the home Mr. Adams was
removed to the Crockett County Hospital where he died at 2:30 when
another attack struck.
Funeral services will be held at 5 o'clock this afternoon from the
Methodist Church, with the Rev. Leroy Russell, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, with Cody Funeral Home in
charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Jack Neill, Sonora; Sid Slaughter, San Angelo;
Meadows, San Angelo; Buster Holland, Silver City, N.M.; and Boy
Clayton, Rufus Ward, Albert Bailey, Sherman Taylor and Charlie Black,
all of Ozona.
Born in Christoval Jan. 7, 1902, Mr. Adams had been a resident of
Ozona since 1914 except for a time when he was ranching in Pecos
county near Fort Stockton and on another of his holdings in the
Pumpville area. At the time of his death he was operating
ranches in the south part of Crockett county and the Pumpville and
Pecos county places while making his home in Ozona.
A son of the late W. A. Adams and Mrs. Adams (Della Sims), he moved
here with his family from Schleicher county where the elder Adams was
ranching before acquiring ranch lands in Crockett County. He was
married June 6, 1928, to Miss Emma Phillips, daughter of the late Mr.
and Mrs. Byrd Phillips, pioneer Crockett county ranch family.
Soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Adams moved to the Pecos
county ranch where they lived until 1935, moving then for a time to
the Pumpville ranch and later buying a home in Ozona where they have
Surviving are the widow, two daughters, Jane Adams, a student in
Methodist University, and Camile, Ozona High School student, and his
mother Mrs. W. A. Adams of Fort Stockton.
Victim of a heart condition for a number of years, Mr. Adams had
delegated ranch chores to employees and devoted himself to supervision
and to the development of entertaining hobbies. A talented
artist with the pencil and brush, he developed in recent years a new
avenue of expression for his artistic talents in the field of wood
carving. A lifetime of associations in the ranching industry,
his creations naturally turned to that field and many friends were
grateful recipients of artistic creations in wood of familiar ranch
figures, cowboys, horses, chuck wagons, cows, etc. A typical
early west camp scene, with all figures, chuck wagon camp utensils,
corrals, etc. carved from wood, made an interesting Christmas display
in the window of a downtown business house here last year."