David Adams

August 12, 1934 ~ May 8, 2021 (age 86)


David Duane Adams died Saturday, May 8,2021, in Nacogdoches, Texas.  He was born August 12, 1934 to David Walter and Minta Cleo Adams in Alto, Texas.

Reared in Nacogdoches, he graduated from Nacogdoches High School, Class of ’51, and Stephen F. Austin State University, BBA, in 1954.  After graduating, David went on active duty in the U.S. Navy.  He and Eloise Chambers of Nacogdoches were married in the chapel at Moffett Field, California on February 22, 1957.  Upon release from active duty, he entered Baylor Law School and earned an LLB degree and a law license in 1961.  David remained in the U.S. Navy Reserve, continuing to serve as an intelligence officer, and retired with the rank of Commander USNR in 1976.

David practiced law in Snyder and San Antonio before returning home to Nacogdoches in 1966.  He enjoyed the private practice of law for over fifty years, serving as District Attorney (1969-1977).

David was licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Texas, admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Military Appeals and was certified by the U.S. Navy, both as Trial and Defense Counsel.

Memberships included being a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International, and over fifty years as a Master Mason and 32nd degree Scottish Rite of Freemasonry since 1963.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eloise Chambers Adams; son, Michael Terry Adams and wife, Shelley Gipson Adams and granddaughters, Lilia Kate and Sylvia Freya Adams, all of Paragould, Arkansas; and brother, Joe Neil Adams of Nacogdoches.

David requested that his body be cremated and there be no funeral or memorial service.  Laird Funeral Home.


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