When Pike County supervisors presented a plaque commending the life of the late supervisor Venton Ray Adams on Wednesday, board members and others had plenty to say.
Adams, who served 12 years as District 4 supervisor, died June 23 at age 84.
Current District 4 Supervisor Jake Gazzo read the plaque highlighting Adams’ life and service, including longtime deacon of First Baptist Church, McComb, and 47 years in the National Guard.
Gazzo then expressed thanks for Adams’ friendship and encouragement when he ran for office.
As Gazzo read the plaque, District 1 Supervisor Tazwell Bowsky stood in respect.
“I worked with Venton Ray for many years,” Bowsky said. “We had some arguments, but we had a lot of agreements.”
He praised Adams for his willingness to consider issues and change his mind on occasion.
“He was a good fellow,” Bowsky said.
County administrator Tami Dangerfield said Adams was supportive of her and her department.
“I appreciate his willingness to acknowledge what we did always,” she said.
Supervisor Lee Fortenberry said his late father Carroll, who served on the board with Adams, thought highly of Adams.
Addressing Adams’ sons Jeff and David, Fortenberry said, “My dad — he’s gone now, but he loved y’all’s dad to death.”
Board president Robert Accardo called Adams a “rock-solid straight shooter.”
Jeff Adams said, “He loved serving the residents of 4th District for 12 years, and by being elected he served all of Pike County.”
While board members sometimes disagree, “in the end it’s about relationships,” Adams said. “When it’s all said and done, it’s those friendships that are going to last forever.”
Venton Ray Adams put on a gruff demeanor but had a kind heart and wry sense of humor, friends agreed.
“A lot of people read him a little wrong, but he would do anything to help you,” Jeff Adams said to a round of applause.
NAACP president Mamie Kettle, said, “Every time I called him he came, and I appreciate that.”