Daddy’s Testimony

“I have been born again. I am a new creature in Christ Jesus.
All things have become new. The things I used to love, I now hate;
the things I used to hate I now love.”

“I was at a meeting in Scott County, Virginia, and received the
 experience of Eternal Life. If I could get one more experience just
 like I received, through any kind of weather, I would get down on
 my hands and knees and crawl from here to Scott County. And this
 thought just flashed through me: I would be willing to be as though
I had never been born, if by this means it would cause some person
to receive Eternal Life that didn’t have a chance of receiving Eternal
Life. I know that God does not require anything like that
though. This experience occurred in 1929.”

(Written by my dad, Kelsey G. Adams)


(April, 1941)


“My husband, Kelsey G. Adams, would go to church almost
every night, and I would go to bed. He would come home and wake
 me up and tell me about the service. I would get a little bit aggravated
, but I didn’t have the heart to not listen. He said, “You should hear
that preacher. He sure does preach the Word.”

Well, I did finally go with him one night and sat in the very back.
One day we had to go some place and it was almost church time.
 I said, “Hon, I will go to church like I am if you will.” So we went.
After about two weeks, we kept moving up a little closer.

On Good Friday before Easter, 1941, I went to the altar; and when I
got up, it looked like someone had put 100-watt bulbs in every light
in the church. It felt like someone had taken something as heavy as
a piano off my back. And there was not one hypocrite in the church!
That is the way we should always be, let God look through our eyes.

Kelsey G. and Lillie M. (Robbins) Adams

Both Mother and Daddy were natives of Letcher County, Kentucky.
In his biography, Daddy recorded his first impressions of Mother.
 “A business moved into town, and the people that owned it moved
just two houses from where I worked; but the most interesting thing
 to me was the beautiful girl I saw around the house. I believe she
saw me too! We didn’t waste much time getting acquainted, and
after over thirty years, five grown children and nine grandchildren,
 we are still married and ‘acquainted.’ “

At his death in 1979 they  had been married over 48 years. The grandchildren had increased to 13, and the great-grandchildren
are continuing to increase. There are now two great-great
grandchildren. They started their family with twins that were born prematurely and didn’t survive. They ended with another set
 of twins which were the little “stars” of their small town as
Mother pushed the double baby buggy up the street.

They established a clothing store and shoe repair business in the
small town of Jenkins where they settled shortly after they were
married. Mother came from a “shoe cobbler” family and could
“cobble” with the best of them. In addition to being a busy mom,
she helped run the businesses as well, but neither were ever too
busy to be active in their church and held many positions
 over the years.

Daddy’s favorite pastime was having Bible discussions with his
friends who stopped by the business. Mother’s was just “mothering” everyone who crossed her path. She was always available when
a new baby came to a neighbor and wherever she was needed.
“Stranger” was just not in her vocabulary.

When the coal-mining town of Jenkins began to wan of business
 prospects, they moved to Detroit where Daddy opened up a
 shoe repair shop in downtown Detroit. Mother worked for
McKesson & Robbins and retired after twenty years. After
 they retired, they returned to Kentucky where they lived
until their deaths.

They were dearly loved and are missed by their six children:
Robert (his mother died when he was an infant), Delores,
 Violetta, Lorinda and Alice. Alice's twin brother, Kelsey Ray,
is deceased.

More about my Parents at my family website:

 Mother and Daddy

Alice's Legacy

Remembering Alice

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