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Marion Harold Adams was born in Union, South Carolina 97 years ago on a large farm with 2 brothers and 3 sisters. He was always called "Cotton" throughout his life due to his very light colored hair as a boy. He attended country schools while working on the farm and graduated at the age of 17. In 1941 when he turned 21, he joined the U.S. Army and left home for the first time. He received training as an airplane mechanic and was stationed in England and France during World War II, serving in the 88th Air Service Squadron. He earned the rank of Corporal at that time. He returned home to South Carolina after his honorable discharge in July of 1945. Harold then moved to Kansas City, Missouri to work for Trans World Airlines. This is where he met Donna and fell in love. They were married soon after that. During his career, he worked for the airlines in Louisville, Kentucky and in Atlanta, Georgia until he retired in 1982.

Harold was raised in a Christian home and remembered riding in a horse-drawn carriage to church every Sunday morning with his family. When he married Donna, he introduced her to his Christian faith and she learned to love the Lord, too. They were both active in the Baptist Church and involved in mission work for many years. They had 5 children-all of their names starting with "J" (Judy, Jean, John, Jenny and Jeanette). They loved children and for many years cared for foster children in their home. As they grew older, they learned how to square dance and had great times dancing with their friends. They loved to fish and spent several summers in Alaska fishing for salmon with Donna's sister.

For the past 5 years, Harold resided in Missouri City with his daughter, Jean Pirtle. He is survived by his 5 children: Judy Freitag of Milford, Michigan; Jean Pirtle of Missouri City, Texas; John Adams of Nashville, Tennessee; Jenny Adams of Newnan, Georgia and Jeanette Fuller of Newnan, Georgia. He has 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Harold and Donna were married 69 years before she passed away 2 years ago. At the age of 97, Harold expressed that he was ready to meet the Lord and finally be with his family that arrived in Heaven before him. He had a long and blessed life. His family will miss him greatly, but rejoice in his salvation. Harold will be buried alongside his beloved wife at Houston Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

For those desiring, consider making a donation in Harold's memory to a Retired Veteran's organization of your choice.