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Hattie Marie ‘Ree’ Adams, was born to the late Luther Adams and Hattie Bell Owens Adams on Tuesday, September 02, 1941. She was educated in the Greensville County School system (R.R. Moden), Emporia, Virginia. She established a long-term relationship with GOD a long time ago. Her relationship with God was hers alone, because, as she would often say, “Can’t nobody pray me into heaven, I have to do it myself.” Hattie Marie ‘Ree’ was a worshiper, singer, lover and doer of God’s word.
‘Ree’ has been living for and working for GOD for a long time. As a devoted lover of the “word,” her good works demonstrated her love for Christ. She continued to live her life outwardly displaying her love for God by visiting churches, nursing homes, and singing to the elderly. This work was evident because she showed it in outwardly demonstration of her faith and love for Christ and the church. She was an active member of the Rocky Mount Baptist Church, Emporia, Virginia; where she served in the music and missionary ministries. She was a member of the senior choir and did her part when it was time to sing. The anthem of her journey was reflected in her favorite song that she often sang in church: Children I’ve Already Started by: Charles Johnson & the Revivers. Her ANTHEM song matched the dash that separates her dates of birth and death.
Every Sunday that the church doors were open, you could find her attending Sunday school with her grandchildren in tow; not just her grandchildren, but any child in the neighborhood, who would go, she would take to church. When Sunday school was finished, she would attend neighboring church services within the community, participate in special church programs, and singing engagements. She was active in her efforts with the missionary ministry and served by answering the call for the work of the Lord.
‘Ree’ did not drive, but she did have traveling shoes. If there was no ride, she would walk. When she was ready to go, she gave meaning to what it meant to get left walking, she would leave you, yes by walking. She traveled outside of the community to attend special church and gospel programs with the pastor of her church. Being a proud and active member of the Independence Church Crew (IPC), and during church time you could find her with her cousin Alma ‘Cille’ Atkins and her two-dearest sister-friends; Celeste Green, and Viola Lee ‘Aunt Viola’. These ladies loved each other so, that after church when you looked for them, you would find them sitting in the car, in the yard, talking and enjoying each other’s company and conversations. Sometimes, they would be outside so long, someone would go out and take them water.
Hattie Marie, ‘Ree’ is the mother of four devoted, loving, kind and caring children; Moses Junior Adams (Vivian), of Raleigh, North Carolina, Calvin Derwin Adams of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Susan Ann Adams Smith, of Emporia, Virginia and the baby supervisor of three Sharon Maria Adams, (known to some as Pie) of Emporia, Virginia. Five grandchildren, Ariel Gilliam, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Jordan Doyle (Amanda), of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Tamika Adams, of Petersburg, Virginia, Corderos Banks and Alexus Adams; both of Emporia, Virginia, with One great grandson: Jakei Smith of (Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina).
As a domestic engineer, ‘Ree’ worked six days a week, no matter the weather, she always went to work; whether riding or walking. Her only day off being Sunday, it was the day devoted to worship, EVERYBODY had to go to church! The well-known fact to her children was; “No matter how long you stay out on Saturday night, you are still going to church on Sunday, now, I done told you!” With her finger pointed in your face.
Of all things known to everyone about ‘Ree’; her motivation and her reason why was her children! She loved her children! She would fight for her children! She always had to “do it for her children!”
On Sunday, February 06, 2022 Hattie Marie, ‘Ree’ transitioned from her earthly life after a decline in her health that brought about the cause that required admission to the Envoy Rehabilitation Center, Lawrenceville, Virginia.
Hattie Marie, ‘Ree’ was preceded in death by her mother, Hattie Bell and her father, Luther, and seven siblings: John Henry Adams ‘Henry’, Irene Phipps, Bertha Mae Powell ‘Mae’, Ida Simmons ‘Elizabeth’, Rebecca Robinson ‘Jean’ and Walter Guy Adams and Joyce Lundy ‘Ann’.
‘Ree’ leaves to remember the thoughts, the life-long lessons, and memories of her precious life. Her goodness shall always linger with her children, grandchildren, her caring and devoted sister, the baby of the nine; the hugger, kisser and smiling greeter, Alma Beatrice Irby, ‘Alma’. She also leaves behind one aunt, Gladys Cain ‘Aunt Gladys’, one sister-in-law, Mary Adams ‘Skin’, one brother-in-law, Willie Robinson; with a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and all who love and have love for her.
Thanks to all who poured in and contributed to this WONDERFUL LIFE!!
Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Ms. Adams' tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family.
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to the family of Ms. Hattie Marie Adams.
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