Eugene Virgil “Gene” Adams, 93, of Virginia Beach, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Gene was born March 21, 1925, in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa, of American Methodist Missionary parents, the late Charles Virgil Adams and Myrta Mae Adams, M.D.
His brother, the late Richard Charles Adams, was also born in Africa. Following the mission in Africa, the family moved to Union Furnace, Ohio.
Following the early death of his father in June 1940, Gene completed his high school at Columbia Military Academy in Tennessee, where he was the school bugler. Due to the country being at war, Gene signed up for Naval Aviation during the spring of his senior year in 1943 at Columbia. In July 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy as an aviator and became a Corsair fighter pilot. From 1946 to 1947, he was assigned to VBF-74 Fighting Cavaliers Corsair Fighter Squadron USS Midway Oceana in Virginia Beach. Gene met his wife, the late Hazel Edwards Adams from Atlantic, North Carolina, in Virginia Beach while he was stationed at Oceana. Hazel was a nurse at St. Vincent-DePaul Hospital in Norfolk, where she had gone through the Navel Nursing Program there during World War II. They were married in Talbot Park Baptist Church in Norfolk Dec. 6, 1947.
After five years of service, he became a registered pharmacist in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they lived for 12 years in Newtown and Mount Carmel and where twin boys and a daughter were born. The family moved to Thoroughgood in Virginia Beach in 1959, where he went to work for Peoples Drug stores as a pharmacist. When the Haygood Shopping Center Peoples Drug store, now Rite Aid, opened on Independence Boulevard in the early 1970s, he was assigned as the manager/pharmacist for a number of years. He retired from CVS Pharmacy who bought out many Peoples Drug stores in the area.
He lived for 60 years in Thoroughgood. Hazel passed away Nov. 10, 2014. They celebrated 67 years of marriage. Gene loved his family, his faith and his country. He attended Baylake United Methodist Church. He loved Ford Model Ts, he owned four of them.
He is survived by their three children, twins, Eugene (Gene) Charles Adams and Russell Howard Adams; daughter, Peggy Tharp; three grandchildren, Season, Shalyn and and Russell; and five great-grandchildren, Daniel, Peri, Alexander, Blake and Ava.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home with a funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.
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