Adams, Rick

Well-Known "Santa" To Many People Worked As An Engineer At Erlanger

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Rick Adams
Rick Adams

Rick “Santa” Adams, 60, of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, passed away on January 8, 2017.

He was a member of the White Oak Baptist Church. Rick was known as ”Santa” by many people, especially to all the children at the Boehm Birth Defects Center to whom he spread Christmas cheer. 

He worked as a stationary engineer at Erlanger Hospital from 1979-1999, drove a truck for U.S. Express and was currently driving for Total Transportation. He and his late son, Richie, were previous owners of Chattanooga Knife Works. 

He was a United States Army veteran having served during the end of the Vietnam War. 

He had a love for his family, for children, for animals, God and country. 

His son, Richie Adams and his parents, Harold and Becky Adams preceded him in death. 

Rick is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathy Adams; one brother; two sisters; several nieces, nephews and other family members, and his two dogs, Woody, Kerensa; and his cat, Hattie. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Williamson & Sons Funeral Home with Reverend Tony Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday. 

In lieu of flowers, his family requests memorial donations in his memory to: Boehm Birth Defects Center at www.boehmbdc.com.

Condolences and memories can be shared at www.williamsonandsons.com

Arrangements are by Williamson and Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy, Tn. 37379. 



Smith, Brandon Alexander

Brandon Alexander Smith, 34, of Chattanooga, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 .  He was employed by T-Mobile as a senior business support analyst.  Survivors include his life partner, Yesenia Pineda; son (on the way), Prince Brandon Smith; daughter, Makena Miranda; mother, Zelda Smith of Antioch, TN; father, Alexander (Christina) Randolph III; brothers ... (click for more)

Holdren, Charles Roosevelt Jr.

Charles Roosevelt Holdren Jr. , 66, of Ooltewah, passed away Thursday, January, 19, 2017, at his residence.  He was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He worked a hard worker and loved to stay busy working as a caretaker and manager of a show horse ranch.  He also loved to spend time on the weekends at the VFW Post 2598 in Cleveland, TN. He is ... (click for more)

Rice, Leon Forest (Dalton)

Leon Forest Rice, 78, of Dalton, Georgia, died on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the local hospital. Leon was born February 13, 1938 in Chatsworth, GA, to the late Wilburn Rice Sr. and Pearl Wilson Rice; and was also preceded in death by his daughters, Kim Rice and April Bowman; brothers, James, Doyle and Don Rice; and sister, Virginia Rice. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa ... (click for more)

Tucker, Thomas Hoyt (Summerville)

Thomas Hoyt Tucker, 93, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Redmond Regional Medical Center. Mr. Tucker was born in Round Mountain, AL on December 6, 1923, to the late David Thomas Tucker and Della Cash Tucker. He was veteran of the United States Navy, serving during WWII, and prior to retirement, was an Inspecting Supervisor for the Georgia ... (click for more)

School Board Votes To Issue RFPs For Private School Bus Service; Allows Independent Drivers To Add 20 Routes

The Hamilton County School Board voted unanimously to issue a Request-for-Proposals (RFP) to private bus companies at a special-called session early  Saturday  afternoon.   The vote came at the end of a two-day strategy session where the school board has confronted a list of challenges but the busing question, spurred by the tragic bus wreck in November ... (click for more)

3 People Shot Early Saturday Morning On East 3rd Street

Three people were shot on East 3rd Street early Saturday morning. They were identified as Countess Clemons, 24, Kezia Jackson, 23, and Dutchess Lykes, 26.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 2:40 a.m. to a person(s) shot call at a local hospital. All three victims were transported to the hospital via a personally-owned vehicle.   All three ... (click for more)