OZARK……. Chief Warrant Officer (CWO3)- U.S. Army ret., Roy Chrisfield Adams, has flown off of this earth for the last time to a destination beyond our grasp.
Roy was born on 11/18/1926 at Cliffside, Texas outside of Amarillo to Etha Austin Adams and A.V. Adams. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years￼, Mary Eleanor Arnold Adams of Blakely, Georgia ￼and a infant daughter Coralyn Dee Adams.
Roy is survived by three sons Timothy Chrisfield Adams (Shaye), Ozark, Alabama, ￼Mark Christopher Adams, Panama City, Florida￼ , James Adrian Adams (Ginger) Panama City, Florida.￼. Roy leaves 5 grandchildren: Jennifer Adams Kummer Bolling (Robert) Fayette,￼ Alabama, ￼ Jessica Adams Weeks (Ken) Kinston Alabama, ￼ Kyle Chrisfield Adams (Emily) Huntsville,Alabama, ￼ Kaitlan Austin Adams, Ozark ,Alabama ￼and William Harrison Jones Panama City ,Florida, ￼ along with 13 great grandchildren and many loved ones!
Roy lived a life full of experiences starting as a depression era child growing up in hard times on the North Texas plains as a cowpoke. At age 16 he went to Long Beach California and worked in the manufacturing plant building B-25 bombers. After being drafted into the Army he was shipped to the Philippines to serve as squad leader on anti-tank gun. Roy liked to call this the "shoot and runaway gun"! As World War II drew to a close, he shipped to Japan and then back to the states where he reenlisted. Army life presented many travels for Roy from the Philippines, Japan through the U.S. and all over the European continent. As the Korean conflict began Roy was afforded a Warrant Officer position and began flight training. It was during this time he became a member of the Army Combat Pistol Team and was highly ranked as Expert winning many competitions. In 1957 Roy was stationed in Fort Belvoir, Virginia serving on the Presidential Flight Command U.S. Army as a pilot. In the early 1960s Roy returned to Fort Rucker Alabama as a flight instructor. After a brief rest from World War II and multiple tours of Korea it was time to go back to war. Roy went to Vietnam with one of the very early U.S. Army Aviation units flying more than 100 combat missions. He never said he was shot down. All of his "events" were" untimely landings due to mechanical difficulties incurred from unfriendly ground fire"! During Roy's military tenure he acquired more commendations medals and awards than can be listed here; Good Conduct Medal, Asia Pacific Theater Operation Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star with "V" device, Distinguished Flying Cross (multiple clusters), Air Medal (multiple clusters). In 1965 Roy decided to retire from the US Army while with the 11th Air Assault. The Army offered Roy a position as Colonel if he would extend his enlistment. Roy said, " I think three wars is enough"! Roy settled in Ozark Alabama and went to work as a flight instructor at Fort Rucker from 1965 till 1989. He was a Mason, a member of the Kiwanis Club and served the community in other capacities. Sea Divers in Ozark was open until recently which he and his wife Mary were partners with their friend ￼George Perez. Roy was an avid water-skier, hunter, scuba diver and fisherman. A more wonderful husband, father and grandfather is not to be found.
Roy leaves here as a hero and a cowboy always saying this... "I don't know why I’ve been so lucky to have lived this long"!
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