In Memory of

Raymond

Randolph

Adams

Obituary for Raymond Randolph Adams

On Monday, January 15, 2024, in Milton, FL, Raymond Randolph “Randy” Adams, passed away at home surrounded by family after a long and valiant fight against cancer. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, March 3 at Bagdad Community Center, 6872 Pooley Street, Milton, FL 32583 at 2:00pm.

Randy was born at home in the Children’s Home community outside of Laurel Hill, FL to Alfred and Annie (Hurst) Adams. He grew up in Niceville and graduated from Choctaw High School in Fort Walton Beach. He was proud of the fact that he helped construct the first “Big Green Indian” statue while in school. An avid athlete throughout his life, Randy played both minor league baseball as a catcher and semi-pro football. He continued to play softball on church leagues for many years. He also coached his children in multiple sports for many years.

Randy was smart, hard-working and possessed a thirst for knowledge. Those attributes aided him in impressive pursuits. He worked on the SR-71 Blackbird and the Apollo lunar modules. In 1969, Randy met the love of his life (Sally) and began a crazy new chapter of his life. Ever the hard worker, they managed an apartment complex while he worked full-time and also went back to school. Once again, his hard work paid off. It allowed him to have another career change…but that took them over 1,400 miles from home in Texas to Toronto, Ontario. There, Randy installed the first ATMs in all of Canada. The day the camera crews came out to report on the new technology, the system. He actually had to crawl inside the machine and manually feed the money. Randy was nothing if not inventive!

From Toronto to Winnipeg, Randy continued installing and working on the systems…and building an igloo or two in his front yard for one of his daughters. When it was time to return stateside, Randy and Sally returned with a terrific “souvenir”, by adopting a 14-month-old son six weeks before they left.

Once back in Texas, Randy continued in the technology arena and worked in the computer and sales world. He would spend the next twenty-five years building a terrific life for his family. Days were spent working and evenings and weekends were spent with family, friends and building his dream backyard. Some would comment that he would literally sit out back to watch the grass grow. It was at his home in Keller, Texas that he became a very proud grandfather. He taught his grandbabies to swim, plant gardens, eat tomatoes off the vine and most importantly, know they were very, very loved.

Loving his family was a gift that Randy mastered so well! When faced with challenges, that love saw him through the challenges and helped him be a better man on the on the other side. In the mid-90s, Randy was faced with a required move for work. That move took he and his family to Florida. (Note, all six of his children were grown and on their own, but that didn’t keep him from getting all but one to move…and the one that didn’t go truly wanted to.) Once in Florida, Randy again found himself with another career change. After a few more years, Randy decided to take an early retirement and enjoy his time with Sally. It was during this time that they built their forever home. When it is stated “built”, it means that Randy and family were swinging the hammers, driving the screws and sharing a colorful word or two. No one worked harder on that home than Randy. It was an incredible build. The setting, a picturesque spot that Randy and Sally painstakingly chose more than a decade earlier, allowed them to settle into their golden years in a beautiful environment.

Randy loved passionately. He was an incredible mentor to his friends and family, an incredible husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and even great-great grandfather. He was always ready to give a helping hand, had a wonderful sense of humor and made the world a better place.

Randy was preceded in death by his father, Alfred; his mother, Annie; his sisters, Francis (Vern) Griffith and Estelle (Harley) Cawthon; brother, Billy Adams; an infant younger brother; and son, Seth Adams.

He is survived by the love of his life, Sally; children: Tina (Jim) Johnson, Andy (Lydia) Adams, Chris (Pranee) Adams, and Holly (Will) Butcher; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Randy’s life was a life well lived.