By SAM ADAMS
The principal of a Letcher County elementary school died this morning (Thursday) in an automobile collision in Wolfe County.
Keith Adams, 45, of Blackey, who was principal of Cowan Elementary School and pastor of the Isom Presbyterian Church and Doermann Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blackey, was killed in the crash, friends confirmed.
The head-on collision occurred about 7 a.m. on KY 15, just south of Campton. Kentucky State Police in Morehead have not yet released details. Adams and the driver of the other vehicle, 47-year-old Ralph Wooten, both died as a result of their injuries.
Friends said Adams was taking his parents to Lexington when the accident occurred. Both of them, Billy S. and Connie T. Adams, were injured, but their conditions are not yet known. Adams was married to Anne Caudill Adams, Family Resource and Youth Services Center Director for Letcher County Public Schools. She was not in the vehicle.
Adams taught at Letcher County Central High School before becoming a guidance counselor. He served as the counselor at Arlie Boggs Elementary and Cowan Elementary for a year, and was then hired as principal at Cowan Elementary.
“He taught English Language Arts at the High School, worked with the drama department, and was also involved in youth league soccer. He actually coached soccer at the high school,” said Josh Yonts, finance director for the Letcher County Public Schools.
“I can’t say enough good things about him. He was a good employee, a good guy and good community member. It’s going to be a loss to a lot of people.”
Adams was a long-time member of Doermann Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blackey. He completed the Prebyterian Church’s training as a lay pastor about two years ago, and was hired as the permanent pastor for the Blackey church and the Isom Presbyterian Church at Isom. He also served as the youth minister prior to completing his training.
“He really had a thriving youth program,” said Debbie Campbell, a member of Doermann Memorial. “One of his great talents was working with the youth. The relationship he had with the youth was really strong and vibrant. Even after becoming pastor he kept working with the youth.”
She said Adams will be missed by the church, and by the larger community.
“He was just very upbeat, and had a very outgoing personality,” she said.