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John F. Adams

March 15, 1932 ~ December 21, 2019 (age 87)


John F. Adams, 87, of New Haven Court, Butler, formerly of Valley Rd., West Sunbury, PA passed away late Saturday evening, December 21, 2019 at Butler Memorial Hospital.

John was born in Spring Run, Franklin County on March 15, 1932.  He was the son of the late Frank and Cree Ryder Adams.

He was a 1950 graduate of Fannett Twp. High School and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Adams was the founder and owner/operator of John Adams Paving in the Wilkes Barre area in 1972.  He was well known among his employees and customers for his expertise, work ethic, and honesty.  John was a member and past president of the Harvey’s Lake Lion’s Club and had been a member of the Liberty Lion’s Club in Kenna, WV.  He was an avid horse enthusiast, having raised and owned several horses, and traveled to different areas of the country for horseback riding.  He and his wife enjoyed traveling, especially cruises.  John was a great conversationalist and enjoyed meeting and talking with people.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy J. Smith Adams, whom he married at Faith United Methodist Church in East Waterford on December 17, 1961.  Mrs. Adams passed away on June 19, 2009.

John is survived by two children, Pamela J. Adams and her husband, William Fossey, of Bedford, Mass. and a son, Gregory J. Adams and his wife, Christine, of Chicora; a brother, Larry Adams and his wife, Dorcus “Dot”, of Dillsburg; a sister, Pauline Sheetz of McClure; five grandchildren, Samantha, Matthew, and Shannon Adams and Katherine and Rebecca Fossey, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora Fenelton Rd., Chicora from 4 – 7 p.m. Friday.  Additional visitation will be held from Noon – 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Faith United Methodist Church, 32 Main St., East Waterford.  A funeral service will follow from the church at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Kayla Shaffer, church pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in East Waterford Cemetery.  Memorial contributions in Mr. Adams' name may be made to the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary by visiting, or to the Harvey's Lake Lions Club, 102 Perrin Avenue, Shavertown, Pennsylvania 18708. For additional information or to send a condolence, please visit

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