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Park bench dedicated to late justice of the peace judge

May 5, 2019

Visitors at Collins Park walking along its hike and bike trail can now rest on a bench overlooking Cypress Creek that was dedicated to the late J. Kent Adams on Tuesday, April 30.

Located behind the Precinct 4, Place 1 Justice of the Peace courthouse, the bench was a way to honor Adams for his contributions, said Barbara Thomason, president of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce.

“Because Judge J. Kent Adams wielded such great caring and influence from the bench, it seemed appropriate that the Houston Northwest Chamber place a park bench here behind the courthouse in which he served,” she said.

The chamber dedicated the bench with a plaque honoring Judge Adams, who was Precinct 4, Place 1 Justice of the Peace judge before his death due to cancer in 2014.

Aside from serving on the bench, Adams was also a founding member and first president to lead the chamber.

Thomason said Adams also focused his efforts on helping children, especially by getting involved in Boy Scouts.

“There were many young men and women that are adults today that judge Adams influenced from the bench,” she said.

Lincoln Goodwin, the current Pct. 4, Place 1 judge, was appointed to replace Adams in 2014 by the Harris County Comissioners Court.

The justice of the peace courthouse hears cases regarding traffic citations, small claims, evictions and weddings, among others.

“It’s entirely fitting and appropriate that we honor Judge Adams with a bench as he served behind the bench for so many years,” Goodwin said.

Adams’ widow, Pauline Adams, said she was touched by the tribute to her late husband. He would have enjoyed sitting on it and looking over Cypress Creek, surrounded by trees and the trail.

“He would be sitting on that bench with a cigar, enjoying every minute of it. He was a man who enjoyed life,” she said.

mayra.cruz@chron.com