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Ernest Adams Jr. dies at 77

ERNEST C. ADAMS JR.

ERNEST C. ADAMS JR.

Ernest C. Adams Jr., 77, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, died September 10 after battling cancer.

He was born in Whitesburg to the late Ernest Clifton Adams Sr. and Opal Hall Adams.

Mr. Adams trained as a radiologic technologist in Louisville, and served In the U.S. Army in Vietnam in both combat and X-ray technologist roles.

Upon return to the states, he quickly rose to positions as radiology supervisor in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. He was the radiology director at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau for more than 20 years.

Mr. Adams loved dogs and enjoyed the company of many during his life. He also was an avid fan of professional sports, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals.

His favorite basketball team was his beloved Kentucky Wildcats.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Adams; a son, James Adams of Cape Girardeau; two daughters, Melissa Godfrey and husband Sam of Evanston, Wyoming, and Jennifer Adams of home; three grandchildren, Tayler Godfrey of Philadelphia and Hayden and Hannah Godfrey, both of Evanston; a brother, Donnie Laughlin of Greenfield, Indiana; two sisters, Rosemary Calhoun and husband Robert of Lexington, and Diane Lewis and husband Thomas of Whitesburg; and three nephews and three nieces.

A private graveside service at Sunset Memorial Park in was held Danville, Illinois, for family members only. A celebration of his life will be held in Danville at a later date.

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