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

Condolences and memories can be shared at

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

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