Gene Adams – A Lifelong Friend and Family Man
Gene Adams was an extremely hard-working individual who valued people and cars equally. Additionally, he enjoyed fishing, tennis and boating.
Hardin-Simmons alumni were especially proud to remember him, for his active participation on two consecutive nine-year Boards of Trustees terms as well as membership in both Alumni Association and Presidents Club.
Early Life and Education
Gene Adams was born and raised in Lovell Township, Jones County, Iowa. He attended rural schools while also helping out at his family farm and running a trucking company.
He married Carlene Winkler in 1948 and they settled in Monticello, Lovell Township, Jones County, Iowa where they raised three children during their marriage.
Once he graduated college, he went to graduate school in Abilene, Texas before earning a Master of Arts degree in economics with a minor in history at Hardin-Simmons University. Additionally, he served on their board of trustees for two nine-year terms.
He was a lifelong Hardin-Simmons graduate and is honored with membership into their athletics Hall of Fame. Additionally, he was an outstanding father, husband and grandfather.
Gene Adams is an attorney specializing in civil litigation defense. He has represented clients before state and federal courts throughout upstate South Carolina, such as Spartanburg County.
Martindale-Hubbell has recognized him as a highly reputable lawyer. Additionally, he holds memberships in both the South Carolina Bar and South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association.
Adams was raised in Abilene, Texas and earned both his undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s in 1954) and master’s (Masters in 1962) at Hardin-Simmons University (HSU). Since graduating, he has remained committed to supporting both academic and athletic endeavors at HSU.
Gene also sits on the Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee of the Florida Bar, which promotes professionalism among lawyer lobbyists while offering appropriate legal education on issues of importance to them.
Achievement and Honors
Gene Adams was an extremely accomplished and highly regarded professional who garnered many honors and distinctions throughout his career. He founded and chaired Baylor Bancshares – an extensive bank network in Texas – at its inception.
He served for thirteen years as vice president and general counsel of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.
Gene was an active member of his community during his career, being an active member of both the Walla Walla Exchange Club and Presbyterian Church as well as volunteering his services with Meals on Wheels and local police department.
Gene Adams was known for being both an enthusiastic sportsman and family man, as well as being an exceptional friend to many who often needed assistance or some laughter in any given situation.
Gene would spend his leisure time fishing and camping at Sullivan Lake; as well as picking huckleberries in the Selkirk Mountains.
He enjoyed tinkering with remote controlled vehicles, tinkering with music, playing music himself, as well as an expert banjo player.
Professionally, he served for twelve years as Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Association of Realtors. Additionally, he represented clients in administrative law matters like Public Service Commission appearances and bid protests.
Adam Adams is a retired attorney estimated to be worth an estimated $10 Million. With extensive knowledge in business and banking as well as involvement with several governmental matters. Furthermore, Adams also boasts extensive aviation experience having amassed more than 5,000 flight hours as a pilot.
Adams has been married for 57 years, with two children. He is an active member of First Baptist Church of Seymour where he served as Junior Warden and Finance Committee member. Additionally, he volunteered at Second Harvest of the Big Bend Garden; was past Board Chairman for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tallahassee; as well as being part of their Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee at Florida Bar.