Owen D. Adams

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Owen Dickson Adams​ ​


Caddo Parish Police Jury
(since Caddo Parish Commission)​
In office
1964​ – 1976​

Born January 13, 1926​
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA​​

Resident of Greenwood
Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Died April 18, 2017 (aged 91)​​
United States of America
Resting place Forest Park West Cemetery in Shreveport​​
Political party Republican​​
Spouse(s) Patricia Grove Adams (married 1954-2017, his death)
Relations William Thomas "Bill" Hanna, Jr. (Shreveport mayor, 1978-1982) (first cousin)
Children Bradley Adams

Gregory Adams
Clay Adams
Kim A. Schevers.
Eleven grandchildren
Parents:
Hearsey Bryant and Doris Hasty Adams

Alma mater Louisiana State University​​
Occupation Mechanical engineer​​

United States Army
Air Corps in
World War II​​

Religion Southern Baptist

Owen Dickson Adams (January 13, 1926 – April 18, 2017) was an engineer and a local politician in Greenwood in Caddo Parish in northwestern Louisiana. He was a pioneer in the development of the two-party system in his state.

Adams was born in Shreveport to Hearsey Bryant Adams (1899-1972), a dairyman in Greenwoood originally from Mansfield in DeSoto Parish,[1] and the former Doris Hasty (1904-1989), a native of Jefferson in Marion County, Texas, and an active community leader in Greenwood.[2]

Adams was an Eagle Scout in his youth in Greenwood. He served in the United States Army Air Forces near the end of World War II. On returning from the Army, he enrolled at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, at which he earned his degree in mechanical engineering and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was employed by Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation, first in Shreveport and later in Houston, Texas. He retired after thirty years from Texas Eastern. In 1954, he wed the former Patricia Grove (born August 1933), and the couple had three sons, Bradley, Gregory, and Clay Adams, and a daughter, Kim A. Schevers.[3] Adams' aunt was the mother of Shreveport Mayor William Thomas "Bill Hanna, Jr. Adams and Hanna were hence cousins.[1][4]

On March 3, 1964, Adams and B. F. O'Neal, Jr., became the second and third Republicans elected since Reconstruction to the former Caddo Parish Police Jury, renamed and reorganized in 1984 as the Caddo Parish Commission.[5][6] The victories of Adams and O'Neal were attributed to the coattails provided in northwestern Louisiana by the Republican gubernatorial nominee, Charlton Lyons, a Shreveport oilman, who nevertheless lost his race to Democrat John J. McKeithen.[7] After his police jury service ended in 1976, Adams later was an alderman and the mayor of Greenwood, with twelve years of service in both positions.[3]

For more than fifty years, Adams was a deacon and youth Sunday school teacher at the first Baptist Church of Greenwood. He died at the age of ninety-one and is interred alongside his wife at Forest Park West Cemetery in Shreveport.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hearsey Bryant Adams. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on May 15, 2020.
  2. Doris Hasty Adams. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on May 15, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Owen Dickson Adams. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on May 16, 2020.
  4. William Thomas "Bill" Hanna, Sr.. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on May 15, 2020.
  5. The Shreveport Times, March 4, 1964.
  6. The first Republican police juror was the Moderate Republican Charles T. Beaird, a businessman and later publisher of the since defunct Shreveport Journal, who served from 1956 to 1960.
  7. Shreveport Journal, March 4, 1964.