Alfred V. Adams was born on August 26, 1905 at Inman, Virginia to Andrew Adams and Hannah Elizabeth
Caudill Adams. He departed this life on May 5, 2001 at 10:05 a.m. at the Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone
Gap, Virginia, being 95 years 8 months and 9 days old.
At an early age, Alfred, along with his family, moved to Little Cowan where his family had a home place.
Later, he moved to Fleming, Kentucky where his dad was able to find work.
As a young man, Alfred got a job with the Elkhorn Coal Company where he eventually became a scrip
writer, working for some 30 years until the company closed. He was the last man to go in the Hemphill office.
Alfred made a lot of lifelong friends there, as he did everywhere he worked. He worked in Ashland, Kentucky
for about a year and a half until one day in walked Johnny Fulton, an old friend, who had just been elected
Sheriff of Letcher County and asked Alfred if he would come back to Letcher County and work for him. Finally,
he and his family could come back home! Later Alfred worked for Lewis Hall, who followed Johnny Fulton as
sheriff, Greer-Ellison coal company as a bookkeeper for awhile and then he was contacted by Maynard Hogg
whom he had done work for and who eventually sent him to Calvin Tackett and Don Manning. Alfred worked for
Tackett and Manning until he retired in the 1980’s. Don and Nancy were so good to him as was Maynard and
there was always a special place in his heart for all of them.
Alfred was first married to Vida Murray. To this union, there was a son and daughter, Donald Ray and
Later in life, he met and married Sarah Tolliver. They were blessed to be together for 30 years before she
passed away at the age of 51 from years of arthritis. He was always so good and kind to her.
They had two daughters, Flo and Linda.
Alfred was always a good man, but there was something else needed in his life. On the first Sunday of
April, 1945, the Lord saved his soul and he gave his hand to Brother Willis Tolliver at the Elizabeth Old Regular
Baptist Church at Millstone. He was baptized the following month on the first Sunday of May, 1945 and for the
rest of his life, he lived it for the Lord.
The Hemphill Church was formed in 1951 and he was chosen to be their clerk, a position that he held until
September, 2000 when he decided he could no longer take care of it. But his church loved him so much that
they kept him on as Honorary Clerk, an honor which made him so proud.
Alfred met and married Dortha McCray Hall after he was left alone. She preceded him in death in May,
1999, after about 26 years of marriage.
For the last three years, he made his home with his daughter Flo and her husband Teddy in Big Stone Gap,
Along with his previous wives, Sarah and Dortha, Alfred was preceded in death by his only son, Donald
Ray, and two grandsons, Donald Ray, Jr. and Steve Marcum; four brothers, Boyd, Kirtley, Mose and Andrew;
three sisters, Mary, Bonnie and Vanessa, whom he lost only 6 months ago.
He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Lou and Bill Marcum, Flo and Teddy Galloway all of Big
Stone Gap, Virginia; and Linda and Harold Combs of Jeff, Kentucky; beloved sister and brother-in-law, Martha
Ellen and Tom Owens of Oakwood, Virginia; a special sister-in-law, Grace Adams of Richmond, Indiana; 8
grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter as well as a host of nieces, nephews
and friends; some very special cousins that were like brothers and sisters to him, Cassell and Edison Caudill,
Gladys Caudill Pitts, Louanna Caudill Day, and Elsie Caudill Banks, all of Little Cowan, and their brother, Burnice
Caudill, of Cumberland, Kentucky.
There will never be another Alfred V. Adams, for God only made one and he made him special. We are
sure that God has prepared a very special place just for him!
Thank all of you for loving our Daddy,
Flo, Linda and Mary Lou