Charles Curtis Adams finally got to see his heavenly home on Monday, January 15, 2024. He was born at home on May 16, 1937 to Elder O.W. and Verlinda Adams, the 11th of 13 children and the seventh son. He was named after the first Native American Vice President. In 2018, he lost his wife, Nelda Martin Adams. What started as high school sweethearts, he often said that even 61 years of marriage was not enough time with her.
Like his parents, Curt’s five brothers Jesse, Marvin, Winford, James, and Bob, as well as three sisters, Opal Moody, Lottie Mills, and Mamie Guess were gathered to their Father. He is survived by four children, Judy Taylor and her husband Paul of Conway, Gary Adams of Manila, Nancy Branscum and her husband Mike of Jonesboro, and Linda Ashbrook and her husband Floyd of Hazen. He was blessed with seven grandchildren, Brian Goines, Drew Branscum, Katie Haydar, Rachel Poole, Paula Stephens, Andrew Taylor, and Mary Elisabeth “M.E.” Taylor, who loved his magic tricks. He also added three from his heart: Jessica Halbrook, Amanda Carreiro, and Xi Ai Diaz. Great grandchildren, Lilli Goines, Xander Goines, Eli Goines, Clara Stephens, Connor Stephens, Izzy Haydar, Ella Haydar, and Brant Poole will miss growing up without their Grandpa Curt. Curt is survived by one brother, Joe Adams of Sherwood, and three sisters, Dorothy Folts of Hazen, Evelyn Gentry of Hazen, and Carolyn Ferrell of Hermitage, and dozens and dozens of nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Curt, and he loved them back.
Curt worked for Arkansas Rice Growers, the predecessor of Riceland Foods, in Stuttgart, and helped construct several dryers. Later, he ran Stuttgart Dryer #2 before moving into management over the Stuttgart dryers. A graduate of Hazen High School, he learned countless skills in the agri class. Curt later received an Honorary State Farmer degree from the FFA organization. After retirement, he moved back to Hazen where he became a regular at the “table of liars” at the Hurley House, with friendly banter over coffee about everything under the sun because women gossip but men discuss. Curt became an election poll worker and enjoyed his title of Sheriff, even if it was only for twelve hours at a time. But Curt will forever be remembered for his uncanny memory and ability to explain how two people are somehow related. Though small in stature, Curt had a huge heart and personality that engaged everyone he met and since he never met a stranger, he made friends everywhere, his favorite waitresses included. After several years of failing eyesight due to macular degeneration, how exciting that the first face He saw clearly was the face of Jesus.
Services will be at 2pm Sunday, January 21, 2024, at Center Point Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Booth and Bro. Joe Ryan Mills officiating. Visitation begins at 1pm prior to the service. Burial will be at Center Point Cemetery, where he was a member and served on the Cemetery Committee.