HOULTON – William S. Adams Sr., 89, left to be with his Lord and Savior, Sept. 15, 2011, after a long illness with his family by his side. He was born Aug. 10, 1922, in New Limerick, son of Violet L. (Sanford) and Ora L. Adams Sr.
William served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and participated in the invasion of Marshall Island, Tinia, Japan and Guam of the Mariana Island, Pelelieu of Palova Islands, Leyte and Luzon of Phillipines Islands, Okinawa and Cape Gloucester, several reinforcements in New Guinea, New Caledonia and first ones arriving into harbor and unloading troops as occupational troops at Nagasaki, Japan after the second atomic bomb was dropped. His unit was awarded a Presidential Citation. He returned to the states November 1945 and was honorably discharged Jan. 6, 1946, as pharmacist first class and a dental hygienist aboard the USS Wayne, APA 54. William was a member of American Legion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 47. He was a member of First Baptist Church. William was very active in local area sports, serving on the first Houlton Little League Board and as coach and instructor for Little and Babe Ruth leagues. He was a railroad locomotive engineer for Bangor & Aroostook Railroad for 32 years, retiring in 1984. He served for four years on United Transportation Union as a secretary of the committee of adjustment. William was a master mason of Monument Lodge No. 96, AF & AM, Aroostook Chapter No. 70, Royal Arch Masons, St. Alderman Commandery No. 17, K.T., Houlton, Anah Temple Shrine, A.A.O.N.M.S. of Bangor, Sunshine Club for Crippled Children of Bangor, and Aroostook County Shrine Club of Presque Isle. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
William is survived by his wife, Lois (Guy) Adams of Houlton; his children, William S. Adams Jr. of North Carolina, Deborah Brewer of Florida, Gerald Adams of Houlton and Terrence Adams of Florida; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Nancy, in 1991; and his son, Larry, in 2001.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Monday at Dunn Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. David Tuttle officiating. Interment will be at New Limerick Cemetery. Gifts may be made in William’s memory to Sunshine Club for Crippled Children, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. For online condolences and guest book, visit
When tomorrow starts
without me, do not think
we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right
there in your heart!