Former Eastern Kentucky University basketball player Jack Adams has passed away today. Adams, a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference performer at Eastern, established 13 school records during his career. At the close of his senior year, his famous No. 40 jersey was retired, the first to be so honored in the school’s history. He is currently listed as the ninth leading scorer in Eastern history with 1,460 points, an average of 20.6 per game. Adams was also one of the founding members of the Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame.
An AAU All-American in 1959, when he made the All-Army team and participated in the Pan American Game in Chicago, he was known as “the world’s travelingest basketball player” in 1960 when he toured the U.S.S.R. with the State Department sponsored American team, and later journeyed to the Cleveland Pipers of the AAU National Basketball league from June 1960 to January 1962.
He was elected Most Valuable Player of the year for the Pipers in the 1961-62 season and also was named the MVP of the AAU Tournament that season. He also played professionally with the New York Tapers of the American Basketball League and averaged 18 points per game.
Upon graduation from Eastern in 1956, he served three years as a Regular Army officer in the field artillery. He earned his masters degree at Eastern and his doctorate at the University of Kentucky.
Adams served Eastern as assistant basketball coach from 1962-67 and head tennis coach from 1963-72, and Professor of Physical Education.
After retiring from Eastern in 2000, he was very active in real estate in Madison County and currently served as owner and broker of one of the longest serving real estate firms in the county, Jack Adams Properties. Jack was a member of First Baptist Church of Richmond.
Survivors include his wife Barbara J. Ball Adams; one son, Greg Adams; one daughter, Stacey Adams Kelley (Mike), all of Richmond. He is also survived by one brother, Harold Adams; one sister, Jean Dotson; sisters-in-law, Wilma Adams, Hazel Adams, and JoAnn Howard (Frank); two grandchildren, Jack Nolan Kelly and Shannon Jane Kelly, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Edwin, Bill, Ray, and George Mack Adams and two sisters, Mary Rose Ginger and Irene Adams.
Service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, October 15, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Richmond, with Pastor Bill Fort officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations suggested to the Telford YMCA or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.