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Donald Clyde Adams

September 15, 1926 ~ June 11, 2019 (age 92)

Adams, Donald, 92 

God welcomed home Donald Clyde Adams on June 11, 2019. He passed in the early morning at the age of 92, holding hands with his wife, Betsy Adams, and his daughter-in-law, Kelly Adams.

Donald was born in Savannah, Georgia, and raised by his parents, Clyde and Irene Adams. Though school was not for him, he was strong-willed and clever, managing to fudge his paperwork to join the Navy two years early at the age of 16. He served in the Philippines from 1942-1944 during World War II. Upon returning to Savannah, he met his “ole gal,” Betsy Ann, and they were married in June of 1948. They moved to Miami, Florida, after the wedding into the infamous 18-foot trailer that was missing a bathroom. Home to him, however, became St. Petersburg, Florida. This is where Donald and Betsy raised their three children: Donna, Jill, and Donald Clyde Jr, in the house in Allendale Terrace. When he became a grandfather and then a great-grandfather, Donald became “Poppy” to his growing family. As the neighborhood grew, residents came and left, but one thing remained constant. Poppy sitting in his driveway on the tailgate chatting with anyone who walked by.

Donald harbored a strong love for his family, especially his Betsy. They shared 71 years of marriage together, setting a fine example for those who were lucky to witness their loving relationship. He had a powerful faith in the Lord. A humble disciple, he loved to praise God by singing hymns and he spread the Word to anyone who would listen. He had a giving heart, a witty mind, and the best luck when it came to any card game known to man. He was the Champ of the Ramp, Ace of the Base, and the best husband, father, and Poppy a person could ask for. Donald lived in the house on Allendale Terrace until his last day. His memory lives on through his wife, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

There will be a viewing Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9:30 A.M. followed by the service at 10:30 A.M. at Sorensen Funeral Home. Burial will be 12:00 P.M. at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Petersburg. 

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