Beverly Ann Adams
Beverly Ann Adam was born May 16, 1938, in Athol Massachusetts. Beverly died in her home surrounded by family on January 15. 2023.
Beverly is preceded in death by her parents Warren and Ethel (Doe) Britt, her husband Roger Adams Sr., daughter June Brazeal, and grandsons Michael (Bud) Brazeal and Roger Adams III.
Beverly is survived by her daughter Virginia Turley, son Roger Adams Jr, son Scott Adams, and daughter April Adams. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even great-great grandchildren. Many other family members and friends also survive Beverly.
Beverly mainly did secretarial work during her lifetime, she was also was a Silver Sneakers instructor. Beverly graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the age of 78 to show her grandchildren you can do anything you set your mind to.
Beverly was known for her strong will and her can-do attitude. Beverly had a very strong Christian faith and one of her favorite things to do was use her voice to serve the Lord. She believed music was good for the soul and even brought karaoke to the Senior Center most Thursdays.
For those that did not have a grandmother, Beverly was happy to step in, sometimes with a plate of cookies, a cup of hot cocoa on a snowy day or her famous chocolate mayonnaise cake. She loved to bake and occasionally baked a cake for Jesus’ birthday. Beverly made lap quilts and if she knew you wanted one you were sure to get one. She made on for Sherry, a family friend, and made sure it was delivered. She then heard Don, Sherry’s husband, wanted one and hurried to get it finished so he would not get in trouble for “quilt-napping”. She said it was not perfect, but it was perfectly finished. Just like Beverly’s life not perfect by perfectly finished.
Funeral services for Beverly will be held on Friday, January 20, 2023 at Ava Family Funeral Home in Ava, Missouri, starting at 2:00 PM. A visitation will be held from 1 until service time. Burial will follow in the Thornfield House of Prayer Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to help defray funeral expenses.
Ava Family Funeral Home thanks the family for allowing them the privilege to care for the arrangements for Beverly.
John Paul Pitts
John Paul Pitts, 82 years old, passed to Heaven on January 1, 2023 at Cox South with his loving family by his side.
John Paul was born on September 24, 1940 to Paul D. Pitts and Modena (Wilson) Pitts. He had 2 brothers, David and Jim Pitts. He grew up in Ava, MO on the family farm.
He married Rachel (Fry) Pitts of Almartha, MO in 1960. He often called her his girlfriend of 62 years. Together they had 5 daughters who adored their Daddy: Paula (Kent) Williamson, Pam (Alex) Nole, Kim Pitts, Kristi (Brian) Vinson, and Julie Eiler. John Paul and Rachel had 1 grand-daughter and several grandsons and great-grand children.
For a time, the family lived in Springfield, MO where John Paul made a career of blue print reading and bridge building. He was a member of Carpenters Local Union 978. He was a Christian and attended Parkcrest Baptist church with his family.
After he retired, he, his wife, and their daughters moved back to Ava where he raised beef cattle. He enjoyed farm life…putting up hay, working on tractors, tending to his beef cattle, and collecting antique tractors, especially 2-cylinder John Deeres. John Paul was known for his kindness, unmatched work ethic, wittiness, grit, strong American values, and his love for his family. With age, he developed severe health problems which forced him to slow down. He enjoyed his coffee buddies who he would meet each morning at ¨the office¨ as he would say. Several of those were his good and lifelong friends, Tom Vinson, Jack Ritter, Larry Chance, Rolla Swofford, and others.
John Paul was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Prentis Fry, son-in-law Keith Leming, and others.
He is survived by his aforementioned family and many other family members and friends. Though our hearts ache for him, he will be forever in our hearts and countless memories until we meet again.
A graveside service for John Paul will be Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 2 PM at Turkey Creek Cemetery with Larry Vinson officiating.
John Paul will lie in state at the Ava Family Funeral Home LLC, 401 N Jefferson, Ava MO from 11:00 until 4:30 on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.