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Russell William Adams, born Sept. 4, 1943, went home to our heavenly father Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. His passing from his earthly home to heaven was at 6:32 a.m. at the University of Kentucky Hospital. This was after a very long illness.

He was born in Eubank to the late James Finley and Anna West Adams of Eubank. He was a dedicated Christian man, a loving husband and very devoted father. He was a kind and likable man with a wonderful outlook on life. His one last wish was that those who have not yet been saved and come to know the Lord would do so. A special scripture from the King James Bible states in Isaiah 55, verse 12, “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forward with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” He was loved by all and will be sadly missed by those that had the privilege of personally knowing him. He proudly served the United States in the 3rd Recon, 4th Cavalry unit, attached to the 25th Tropic Lightning Infantry division of the United States Army.

He retired as the director of security on July 31, 2000, from the Kentucky State Psychiatric Center (K.C.P.C.) in Lagrange, Ky., after 33 years of service with the department of corrections and the department of human resources.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 32 years, Roberta Auxier Adams; two sons, William Benjamin Adams of Seattle, Wash., and Russell Andrew Adams of Science Hill, Ky.; and three daughters, Deann (and Brian) Davis of Seattle, Wash., and Melissa (and Jeff) Spears and Susan Mofield–Loveless-Shadoan (and David) Colyer, both of Science Hill, Ky. He is survived by a brother-in-law, Benjamin Harrison (and Debbie) Auxier of Fountain Green, Utah; a brother-in-law, George Auxier of Stanford, Ky.; a mother-in-law, Margaret Edmonds Auxier of Stanford, Ky.; a very special uncle and aunt, John and Marianne (Auxier) Kirby of Danville, Ky.; and his siblings: Mary Gilland of Cincinnati, Ohio, Allene Fetter of Goshen, Ohio, Brenda Adams of Frankfort, Ky., Oscar Adams of Burnside, Ky., and Leslie Adams and his girlfriend Rhonda Stevens of Woodstock, Ky.; eight grandchildren: Ariel and Brandon Davis of Seattle, Wash., Rhubin and Curtis Spears, Amanda and Andrew Adams, Tyler Loveless and Sidney Shadoan of Science Hill, Ky., in addition to many special nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Kathleen Adams of Woodstock, Ky.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers: Carl, James (Jamup), Edison (Honey), Elbert, Hartford, Norman and Lester; one sister Joyace Rose; his father-in-law Benjamin Harrison Auxier of Danville, Ky.; and sister-in-laws Ruth Adams and Lucille Adams.

His memorial service will be Sunday, Sept. 11, at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary at the Mintonville United Methodist Church in Mintonville, Ky. Pastor David Green will be performing the service.

Somerset Undertaking & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be expressed to the Adams family at: www.somersetundertaking.com.

PEDIGREE

Russell William Adams
. James Finley Adams & Anna West
.. Andrew Jackson Adams & Nancy Ann Shadowen
… John James Shadowen & Lucinda Asker
…. Samuel Chaudoin Sr. & Sarah James
….. Rev. Joseph Martin James & Martha McAlister

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☞Today in Old-West History — On today’s date 119 years ago, Sunday, October 19, 1902, notorious Old-West outlaw & fiddle player James Hardin “Uncle Jim” Younger (1848-1902) met his earthly demise at the age of 54 when he committed suicide by gunshot whilst on parole at Saint Paul, Minnesota.

☞Requiéscant In Pace, Jim Younger.

☞Jim Younger was one of the central figures of a band of the most desperate outlaws the Old West ever knew — the infamous James-Younger Gang, which was formed by Jim’s brother Cole Younger along with Frank & Jesse James.

☞Jim Younger joined the Confederate Army during the War Between the States (1861-1865) & served with Quantrill’s Raiders. In 1864, he was captured by Union troops & was imprisoned until the end of the War.

☞After the War, Younger worked on various ranches until he joined the James-Younger Gang in 1873. When his brother John was killed at Roscoe, Missouri in 1874, Jim left the gang & went out west where he worked on a ranch in San Luis Obispo, California.

☞In 1876, Jim returned to the gang, & on September 7 he participated in a bank robbery that became known as the Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. During that robbery he was shot & captured. The James brothers escaped, but Cole, Jim, & Bob Younger were shot up by a posse, arrested, & sentenced to long terms in the state penitentiary at Stillwater, Minnesota, where they were afforded celebrity status.

☞Jim Younger’s fiddle was one of the few possessions that he was allowed to have with him in prison, & he played it often. As time passed, Jim noticed that a little bird would appear most every day in the window of his jail cell. It seemed as though the bird came to listen whenever Jim played his fiddle. Jim was lonely & he befriended the bird which he named “Swipsy.” The bird would fly into the prison cell & Jim would always try to have crumbs to feed Swipsy. One day, a fellow prisoner killed the little bird just for spite. Jim then painted a picture of Swipsy on the back of his violin to remember his little feathered friend.

☞In 1898, the prison warden allowed the prisoners to throw a Christmas party at his own home, with Cole Younger portraying Santa Claus & Jim Younger playing his fiddle.

☞Paroled in 1901, Jim became engaged to his long-time lover Alix Mueller; however, because of the terms of his parole he couldn’t marry her.

☞On October 19, 1902, after a failed attempt to sell tombstones & then insurance, Jim Younger locked himself in his room, wrote a suicide note to Alix, picked up his revolver, & blew his brains out.

☞In 2013, Jim Younger’s fiddle, which was played by him at the famous 1898 Christmas party at Stillwater Prison, was sold at a Dallas, Texas auction for over $11,000.

☞The left-hand photograph depicts the image of Swipsy the Bird that Jim Younger painted on the back of his fiddle. The right-hand photograph depicts an undated studio portrait of Jim Younger.
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