William Eugene "Hawdy" Adams, Jr. was an "Ordinary Man" who lived a simple life and was always doing the best he could to make it to "The Upper Room", as he would often sing. He never asked for much. He just wanted "a ticket for an airplane. Ain’t got time to take a fast train. Lonely days are gone, I’m a goin’ hom."
His journey to "The Upper Room" began on April 18, 1952, when an angel came to Donalsonville, Georgia, and brought him to the William Eugene Adams and Ester Davis Adams Crosling. He was the second of three children–a unique breed with special needs who got a lot of love from grandma, Mammy, who some say spoiled him.
Hawdy attended Seminole County Training School. He became a master of his trade as an auto body and fender specialist. Even when his health began to fail, he continued to work part-time "fixing cars". That was his passion surpassed only by his love for children. He said that was his "calling from GOD"… and "I’m going to do it until the day I die." That he did - which showed his loving and compassionate spirit.
The LORD allowed him to live his life his way until an angel brought him that ticket on February 13, 2020, to go to "The Upper Room". His "lonely days are gone". He’s gone home to be with the LORD and his loved ones.
Those who will forever cherish his memories are his three children: Marlin Smith (Melissa) of Dothan, Alabama, Bridget Goss of Atlanta, Georgia, and Shareka Benjamin (Terry) of Valdosta, Georgis; seven grandchildren: Knikilya Norton, Cashawnda Norton, both of Dothan, Alabama, Brandon Goss, Brian Goss, Braxton Goss, all of Atlanta, Georgia, Jacquia Smith, and Terry Benjamin Jr., both of Valdosta, Georgia; sister, Ester A. Stubbs of Huntsville, Alabama; brother, Hubert L. Adams of Donalsonville, Georgia; two nieces; one nephew; and many cousins and friends.
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