Charles Jon ( Coach ) Adams
1/1/1936 - 3/3/2019
||Coker-Mathews Funeral Home
5100 Interstate 30 (at US-69)
Greenville, TX 75402
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United Presbyterian Church
5905 Stonewall St.
3/6/2019 at 1:00 P.M.
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Charles Jon “Coach” Adams, 83, passed away on March 3, 2019
in Greenville. A memorial service will be at 1 P.M., Wednesday, March 6, 2019
at United Presbyterian Church with Rev. Candice Womack officiating. Coker-Mathews
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Coach Adams was born in Commerce, Texas on January 16, 1936
to John C. Adams and Mary Kelly Adams. He served in the United States Army from
1960 to 1964 in an Army Ranger Unit. Thereafter, he graduated from East Texas
State University in 1968, and earned his master’s degree from East Texas State
University in 1970. He worked for the Lighthouse for the Blind helping clients
find employment after receiving vocational training. He then began his long and
fulfilling teaching career, first at Mesquite High School in 1970, where he
once was attacked by a lion while teaching driver’s ed. In 1976, he began teaching
for the Greenville Independent School District, where he taught all of the
social sciences, driver’s education (without serious incident), coached
football, track, and touched and influenced the lives of countless students, to
whom he would give nicknames and send out for doughnuts. He retired to the gun
range in 2005.
Coach Adams loved his family, Texas history, the State of Texas
generally, and the University of Texas in particular, where he sent his
children and his money. No one had a bigger personality, sense of humor, or
more integrity. He was discreetly generous and could talk to anyone about anything.
He had few, if any, vices, although he once set a lady’s fur
coat on fire with his pipe at a Texas football game in the mid ‘60s, and
attended a weekly poker game with his teaching colleagues when teachers could still
get away with things like that.
No father or husband was more loved or will be missed more
than Coach Adams.
He is survived by his wife, Polly Adams; daughters, Susan
Elaine Cherico (wife of Tipton Cherico) and Holly Shannon Rice (wife of Dr.
David Rice and mother of Katie Rice and Emily Rice); son, Mitch Adams (husband of
Kerry Adams and father of Sarah Adams and Charlie Adams); special son, Jeffrey
Jones (husband of Jerry Sue Jones and father of Justin Jones and Aaron Jones),
and sister, Carolyn Grant.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to United Presbyterian
Church United Faith Fund, 5905 Stonewall St., Greenville, Texas 75402 or
charity of your choice.