November 19, 2018

MERLE D. ADAMS , 85, of South Point, Ohio, passed away Friday, November 16, 2018, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. The New Castle, Kentucky, native was born October 15, 1933, the son of the late Warren T. and Clady Bryant Adams; he was one of 17 children. He is survived by his wife, Millie Jane Nance Adams, whom he married in 1988. Mr. Adams attended Worthville, Kentucky, Schools and was a former River Boat Captain for Ashland Oil, where he retired from in 1998 after 43 years of service. He is a United States Army Veteran who served during the Korean War and is a member of the American Legion in Ironton, Ohio, as well as the Disabled American Veterans Organization. He is of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Willena J. Adams; a son, Kenny Fout; daughter-in-law, Birdie Fout; and son-in-law, David Schochler. In addition to his wife, Merle, he is survived by two daughters, Tracey (Brov) Draque and Stacey Adams (Bryan) Ellegood, both of Bedford, Kentucky; stepdaughter, Connie Sue (Jack) Hatfield of Proctorville, Ohio; stepson, Jim (Tanna) Fout of Willow Wood, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at Phillips Funeral Home , 1004 South 7th Street, Ironton, Ohio, with Pastor Roger Smathers and Pastor Jeremy Simpson officiating. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be another funeral service at Randsal Funeral Home in Campbellsburg, Kentucky, scheduled at a later date. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.

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