Joseph Lee Adams, 89, from Greenfield, died on October 21, 2021 in Indianapolis. He was born on November 10, 1931 in Greenfield, son of Albert Hurlston and Ocie Viola (Fansler) Adams. Joseph was a well decorated 1950 athlete, graduating from Greenfield High School. There he mastered football, basketball, baseball and track and field. He accepted a basketball scholarship to the Lincoln Memorial to further his education. After six months in college, Joseph left to join the US Navy.
After the Navy, Joseph and his first wife, Carol, started a family of five. Joseph will be remembered by many as the owner / operator of AJ Plumbing & Heating. He ran the company for 45 years before retiring. Because Joseph didn’t like to be inactive, he decided to go and work as a school bus driver for Greenfield Central Schools. He worked there daily for 12 years and very much enjoyed driving the school’s sports teams to their events. Joseph was a member and alumnus of Greenfield Christian Church. He was active in his community as a former volunteer firefighter, coach of the Babe Ruth Baseball League, served on the Boys Club of Hancock County board of directors, and was a high school football and basketball official. He played a very important role in creating the football program for the Boys Club. Joseph also ran for the county commissioner. In his youth, he coached baseball for his sons. He loved the outdoors, joking with family and friends, bowling and being creative as an artist. He even owned another business with his second wife, Ramona; R&J Services. Joseph and Ramona were members of the Realife Church.
Joseph is survived by his beloved wife Ramona F. (McMichael) Adams of 17 years; her children: Cindy (Tom) Arnold, Joseph M. Adams, Dr David (Dr Cindy) Adams, Daniel (Lisa) Adams and Julie (Brian) Crowley; stepchildren: Aubrey (Mark) Scutchfiled, Charles Clayton (Chelsea) Hancock and Jessica Hancock; sisters: Myrtle Curtis and Pauline Bartle; 11 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and faithful four-legged companion, Patch.
His parents died before him; first wife and mother of his children, Carol (Carmichael) Adams; and siblings: Dorothy Felt, Albert Adams and Walter Adams.
Visitations will be on Friday, October 29, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, with service immediately following at 1 p.m. Joseph will be buried in Park Cemetery, where military honors will be awarded. In lieu of flowers, and strongly encouraged by Joseph’s family, memorial contributions can be made at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. If you would like to sign the guestbook online or send your condolences to the family, you can do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com