James Stephen Adams

James Stephen Adams, 55, of Columbia, Missouri passed on October 16, 2013 in the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia. Born in Richwood, West Virginia, November 14, 1957,  Steve was a long time resident of Rolla, MO, a graduate of Rolla High School.  He studied Accounting and Computer Science at Ricks College in Idaho and BYU in Provo, Utah.  He was a martial arts instructor and taught this art for two years in Provo.  He was honorably discharged from the US Army after serving four years as a Military Policeman in the United States and Germany.  Steve was an active member of NAMI and taught classes in the Rolla area, as well as a class facilitator at Pathways in Rolla for several years.  He served five years on the Board of Directors for Tri-County Center for Independent Living, three of those as President of the Board.  Steve is survived by parents:   James Adams and Hazel (Phillips) Adams of Lavon, TX.   Six brothers and sisters: Michal Creager of Rolla, MO; Shuzette (Jerry) Bailey of  Lavon, TX;  Jason Adams of Rolla, MO;  Jessica Adams of Rolla, MO;  Jacqueline Adams of Kyle, TX; and Jordan Adams of Corona, CA.  Three children: Sean (Judy) Simpson and grandchildren, Mckenzie, Austin, Jaida, and Ava of Pelican Rapids, MN; Megan (Paul) Beyl and grandchildren, Madison, Gavin, and Damian of San Diego, CA;  Heather Barreth and grandchildren, Dylan and Lillianna of San Diego, CA. He has many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends including Ann Anderson of Columbia. A memorial service will be held in Rolla at a future date.  Steve will be interned in Lake Springs Cemetery, Lake Springs, MO.  In lieu of flowers, make contributions to the Association for Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org/.


  1. Steve & Jill Neugebauer on October 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you! I will always remember Steve as having a smile on his face! He will be missed by all of us!! Love you all very much!!

  2. Nell Jackson on October 19, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    My heart broke when I heard about Steven . Love to all, Nell

  3. Joe & Karen Weber on October 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    My cousin!!! How I will miss you!!! I have a ton of memories and all of them good!!! Love you all very much!!! Hugs! <3

  4. Quentin wiggins on October 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    My uncle Steve was a strong influence to me my entire life. I can even remember him when I had my 5 year birthday party. Standing over me and Shawn, correcting us kids on the proper way to destroy my new space shuttle against the basement wall. That was uncle Steve, always care free. If there was anything wrong or bad happening, he always made it better and changed a rough situation into a good one. Always cracking jokes and making everyone around him feel better. Thank you uncle Steve for teaching me how to always make a good time out of anything. I will always love you.

  5. Marilyn Willis on October 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I want to say how sorry I am for your loss. From reading the condolences I can see that he touched many people and was loved by family and friends. God bless you all and God bless Steve.

  6. Darlene van Trease on October 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I have loved you all your life and I will miss you for the rest of my life. My thoughts n prayers are with all the family. I love you (each n every one).
    Darlene (Deanie)

  7. Bryon Sherman on October 19, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Brother, tho we are but distantly related, we share a bond. A bond that is shared by all of our great country’s soldier’s and veterans. It is my great pride to have been part of that brotherhood with you, and we will never forget you and your service to family and country.

  8. Janet Lee Fitzpatrick on October 20, 2013 at 7:16 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Even though didn’t know Steve but was glad to know him more at the family reunion. He was happy and always smiling at everyone. He sure will be missed but remember the memories you all have. Love you Steve and to each one of you.

  9. Mike and April Bryan on October 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all:) Love you:)

  10. Dan and Brenda Creech on October 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Steve made such an impression on me as a soft spoken person that saw the best in everyone. Many good memories.

  11. Joy Albano on October 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Losing a loved one is so hard. I pray God will strengthen you and hold you close at this time. Love to all. John and Joy Albano

  12. Lee and Carla Phillips on October 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

    You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We love each of you so much!

  13. Shay Sturgeon on October 22, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, you all are such a wonderful family. I am very blessed that I got to have you all in my life. Thinking about you guys , if there is anything I can do please let me know. I love all of you guys very much.

  14. Randall & Jennise Phillips on October 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Dear Folks. We were very sorry to hear about Steve. We are glad we got to spend a little time with him in Rolla at the family reunion a few years back. Our thought are with you and we love you much.

  15. Iris (Clinebell) Roberts and Family on October 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    My dear cousin…you will be so missed by everyone. I have not seen you since visiting you in Utah..where does the time go. It seems to get away from us way too quickly. You turned out to be a very handsome man and how you looked like your Uncle Jr. In Beckley…amazing. I wish I had been able to see you again…we are all spread to far around the country. Will miss you greatly our sweet cousin.

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