Fallen Hero: MSG(Ret) Venton Ray Adams


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Hartman-Jones Funeral Home

1801 Delaware Avenue McComb, MS 39648


Sunday, June 27, 2021, from 12:30 PM until time of service at 2:00 PM at Hartman-Jones Funeral Home of McComb


Sunday, June 27, 2021,  at 2:00 PM at Hartman-Jones Funeral Home of McComb


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on June 23, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. MSG(Ret) Venton Ray Adams, age 84, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, 106th Forward Support Battalion, and the 154th RTI has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


Venton Ray Adams, 84, a resident of Summit, MS, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS. A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 27, 2021, from 12:30 PM until time of service at 2:00 PM at Hartman-Jones Funeral Home of McComb. Dr. Woody Rimes will be officiating and a burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Summit, MS, with Military Honors. Venton Ray was born in Franklin County, MS, on September 24, 1936 to the late, Howard and Clara Bell Roberts Adams. He graduated from Summit High School and attended Southwest MS Community College and William Carey. He served for forty seven years in the Mississippi Army National Guard (known by his childhood name “Slick” by his fellow army buddies) and served on active duty during the Gulf war. He reached the rank of Warrant Officer and retired as a Master Sergeant. He was an avid supporter of SMCC, McComb High, North Pike and Parklane. He was also selected Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame at SMCC. Venton Ray was a referee for over thirty years with the MS Public and Private School Association in football, basketball, baseball and softball. One of his accomplishments was that he threw out more coaches as an official; compared to him having been thrown out as a spectator watching his grandchildren play sports. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church of McComb and served as Deacon most of those years, helping with mission trips and helped build churches. He served as a Pike County Supervisor for twelve years and serving as President of the board. Venton Ray had a big heart, loved all people and would help anyone if it was within his ability. He will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of sixty one happy years Bonnie Sue Adams, two infant brothers, his in-laws Amon and Marguerite Lang and one sister-in-law Willie Ann Lang. Venton Ray is survived by his three sons, Steve Adams and Rosie, Jeff Adams and Kelly, and David Adams and Lacey all of McComb, MS; two brothers-in-law, Roger Lang and Syble of McComb, MS, and Randy Lang of Fernwood, MS; one sister-in-law Bettye Carlisle and Donald of Summit, MS, seven grandchildren, Wes Adams (Kristen), Shane Adams, Robin Clements (Michael), Kyle Adams (Kristen), Molly White (Jonathan), Max Adams (Lacey), and Aaron Adams (Brianna); nine great-grandchildren, Parker Erwin, Amberlyn Clements, Ryker Clements, Addison White, Asher Adams, Makenzie White, Will Summers, Blayne Griffin and Bentlie Griffin and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Wes Adams, Shane Adams, Kyle Adams, Max Adams, Aaron Adams and Parker Erwin. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to the First Baptist Church of McComb, MS and the Baptist Childrens Village. A special thanks to Aston Court, St. Luke Hospice and especially Kala, Tomeka and Philip.