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Adams, Richard Sylvester

 Collection — Container: Folder
Identifier: KUMA-02-351

Scope and Contents

Folder 1. Biographical notes including information sheet for memoir and cover letter from Mrs. Adams (1975) List of children of Richard and Reta Adams Minister's Spouse information sheet, completed by eldest daughter Jane (Adams) Montgomery (1985)


  • Existence: 1900-1974


Biographical or Historical Information

Richard Sylvester Adams was born August 2, 1900, in Newburg, West Virginia, the son of William Allison and Ruth (Corbin) Adams. He graduated from high school in Littleton and then completed four years of correspondence study. He was converted to the Christian faith in March, 1938, and was licensed to preach the following August. After many years as a local preacher, he transferred to the Central Texas Conference; there, he was received on trial and ordained Deacon (1956) and ordained Elder (1958). He served three more churches there before transferring to the Central Kansas Conference in 1968, serving Geneseo, Macksville, and Salem. He retired in 1969 from the Kansas West Conference and moved to Grand Prairie and Lancaster, Texas. During his retirement he transferred again to the North Texas Conference and served two churches there. He retired permanently in November, 1972. Adams married M. Shannon in 1924; they had three children: Dorothy Lee, Ruby E., and Richard F. Adams. He married Reta Lucille Skidmore on May 7, 1938, in Gassaway, West Virginia. Their children were Jane Ruth (Adams) Montgomery and Nancy Jean (Adams) Callender (twins), Joanne (Adams) Johnston, William O. Adams, and Janice Elizabeth (Adams) (Dekle) Stewart. Rev. Adams died suddenly on August 27, 1974, and was buried in Lancaster, Texas. His memoir can be found in the Kansas West Conference Journal for 1975, page 188.

Note written by Sarah St. John


1.00 folders

Language of Materials



This collection contains information on Richard S. (Dick) Adams, who served at churches in West Virginia, Texas, and Kansas. The collection also contains information on his wife, Reta Lucille (Skidmore) Adams.

Arrangement Note

Documents pertaining to Rev. Richard Adams are at the front of the folder, followed by information on Reta Adams.

Other Descriptive Information

Information from Kansas West card file (discarded): b. August 2, 1900 in Newburg, WV d. August 27, 1974, buried Lancaster, TX Memoir: KS West journal 1975 (p.188) Parents: William Allison and Ruth Corbin Adams Married: M. Shannon in 1924 Married: Reta Lucille Skidmore on May 7, 1938 Children: Dorothy, Ruby, Richard, Jane Ruth, Nancy Jean, Joanne, William, Janice 1956 - entered ministry in Central Texas Conference 1968 - entered KS West Conf 1969 - retired supply minister 1970 - on retired list

Sarah Pembrook, Sarah St. John
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker University and Kansas United Methodist Archives Repository

518 8th Street
PO Box 65
Baldwin City KS 66006 US