Dave was a graduate of Cabool High School with the class of 1974. He attended a church service as a teenager where he met the love of his life, Barbara Freels. They were married January 24, 1975, in Alton, Missouri. Three children were born to this union.
As a teenager, Dave started working at a meat processing plant. This led to a 46-year career as a meat cutter. He was working at Country Mart in Mountain Grove at the time of his passing.
Dave was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt. He shot archery competitions for years, winning multiple state championships in Missouri and Arkansas.
Dave was a family man and loved his family very much. Most importantly, he loved God and had a servant’s heart. He was a member of Norwood Assembly of God Church in Norwood, Missouri, where he has served as deacon for the last eleven years. Dave also led the praise and worship service and was Sunday school superintendent.
Dave was preceded in death by an infant son, Jeremy Adams; his father, Harlan Adams; his mother, Helen Loughridge; and his stepfather, Richard Loughridge.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Adams, of the home in Mountain Grove, Missouri; his son, Jeff Adams, of Oskaloosa, Iowa; his daughter, Amanda Dale and husband Adam of Mountain Grove; six grandchildren, Alison, Alissa, Haley, Austin, Brady, and Ashton; four brothers, Mark Adams and wife Shelly of Springfield, Missouri, Rick Loughridge and wife Rhonda of Houston, Texas, Brian Loughridge and wife Stephanie of Willow Springs, Missouri, and Tom Adams and wife Emma of Jacksonville, Florida; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Reed and Bonnie Freels; two sisters-in-law, Celah Boykin and Linda Loughridge and husband Dale, all of Mountain Grove; two aunts, Shirley Holbrook and Doris Cornell, both of Houston, Missouri; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss him very much.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Norwood Assembly of God in Norwood with Rev. Tom Fortner officiating. Song selections were “On The Other Side” rendered by Courtney Stout, “All The Glory” rendered by Dale Loughridge, and a congregational selection, “Because He Lives,” with Paula Fortner serving as pianist. Adam Dale, Darren Boykin, Ray Allen, Dallas Nicholson, Daniel Boykin, and Kenny Loughridge served as pallbearers. Dale Loughridge served as honorary pallbearer. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery, Mountain Grove, under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.
The family requested memorial contributions to Friendship Cemetery c/o the funeral home.