William Joseph “Billy” Adams, 38, of Granite City, passed away at his home Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016.
He was born Oct. 2, 1977, in Lebanon, Mo., the son of Howard W. and Phyllis J. (Baucom) Adams of Springfield, Mo. He married JoAnn Marie (Gray) Adams on Sept. 7, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City and she survives.
He was a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis with 15 years of dedicated service. He was a faithful and dedicated member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. He was a dedicated and loving husband and an awesome dad to his two children. He cherished the special times shared with his “Peanut Butter Joseph” and “Makeeyla,” always playing computer games, playing catch, “Star Wars,” dressing the dolls or having a tea party. He was a fan of the St. Louis Blues Hockey and Cardinals Baseball. He loved the beach but had to be in the shade. Billy will be remembered for his easygoing personality and the love and special times shared with his family and many friends.
In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he is survived by his son, Michael Joseph Adams; daughter, Makayla Marie Adams; sister, Jennifer Adams of Springfield, Mo.; nephew, Eric Lockmon of Springfield, Mo.; mother-in-law, Nancy Gray of Granite City; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary and Jeff Fischer of Glen Carbon; his PampaEZ, Elzie Berry, and GrannyJune, June Berry, of Tightwad, Mo.; other extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charley and Willene Adams and Harold and Ileane Baucom; and his father-in-law, Jimmy J. Gray.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Catholic in Granite City with Father Chris Comerford as celebrant. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to the family for a trust fund for his children and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.