The Edmond Sun


September 8, 2011

Harold Eugene Adams, Sr.

EDMOND —     Harold Eugene Adams, Sr. of Edmond, Okla. passed from this life on September 3, 2011 in the Norman Veterans Center. He was born February 2, 1926 to Ferris Eldred and Havanna (Walker) Adams in Fort Smith Ark.

    American Legion baseball was the passion of his young life. Upon high school graduation in 1943, Harold volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corp for Future training as an Aviation Cadet and was stationed at Luke Field in Tempe, Ariz., where he continued to play baseball on the service team, “Luke Dukes” as a center fielder.

    After his discharge Harold entered University of Arkansas and earned a Bachelor degree in Architecture in 1951 with emphasis in Critical Path Method for Project Management. He continued to play baseball there and was an Arkansas Razorback All-Time Baseball Letterman 1948-1949.

     In 1966, Harold began working for the Benham Group, now the Benham Companies, engineering/architectural firm in Oklahoma City and served as president of the Oklahoma City Division, secretary of the board, principal and corporate senior vice resident of the Benham Group.  After retiring in 1987 he was hired on contract basis to serve as project manager for the design of Okahoma Publishing Company headquarters complex. Adams worked in the field of architecture for 40 years and was named a John G. Williams Fellow from the University of Arkansas School of Architecture in 1994.

    Affiliated with American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Harold also enjoyed his association with the Oklahoma City Downtown Lions Club where he served as secretary from 1990-91. He  received the President’s Award, Distinguished Service Award, and was Melvin Jones Fellow for Dedicated Humanitarian Services of the Lions Club International Foundation. Harold was a life member of both the University of Arkansas Alumni Association and The University of Oklahoma Alumni Association.

    Harold was preceded in death by his parents, and his younger brother, Herbert.

    He took great pride in his grown children, Kathy (Adams) Smith and husband Kevin of Fort Smith, Ark. and Harold E. “Hal” Adams, Jr. and wife Gail of Addison, Texas. Mrs. Carl McCauley is the mother of his adult children.

    Harold  married Jo Ann Nelms Butler in 1971 and shared a bonding of the combined families with her children, Scott Butler and wife Jayne, Arlington, Texas; Todd Butler and wife Ann, Norman, Okla.;  Bliss Butler and Gregory Dennis of Edmond, and Russell Butler and wife Dr. Elizabeth Butler, Oklahoma City, Okla.

    His grandchildren are Collin Smith, Madeline Smith, Mitzi Mickle, all of Fort Smith; Amy Mickle, Springdale, Ark.,  Aaron Adams, Addison, Texas; Jesse Adams, Roswell, Ga.; Rachel Adams, Savanna, Ga.  Zack and wife, Deserae Butler of  Chickasha, Okla.;  Brooke Butler and Dylan Butler, Arlington, Texas; Alex Butler and Matt Butler of Norman, Okla.; Jordan Butler, Oklahoma City and great-granddaughters Melissa Marbury of Springdale; Aliyah Hall of Fort Smith, Ark.; and Isabella and Tinleigh Butler of Chickasha..

    The family wishes to thanks Drs. Mark Lynn and Beth Walker, The Norman Veterans Center, and family and friends for their support during this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Harold Adams’ name to University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture, 112 West Center Street, Suite 700, Fayetteville, AR 72701, attention Dean Jeff Shannon;  or Alzheimer’s disease Research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 N.E. 13th, Oklahoma City, OK 73104.

    A celebration of Harold’s life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2011 in the chapel of Edmond’s First Christian Church, 201 East 2nd Street, Edmond, OK 73034.

    Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home of Edmond.

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