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Ferne Lucille Childs Adams, 98, Nashville, Tenn.

Ferne Lucille Childs Adams, also known as “Grandma BlackHawk”, passed away Feb. 12, 2013, at the Age 98½  in Nashville, Tenn.

She was born July 21, 1914 in an old log cabin in Brown County. Her parents were Sarah Iva Settles and Robert Walter Childs. In April, 1934, she was married to Thomas Wayne Adams. They resided in Indiana and moved to Tucson, Ariz. in 1947, where they lived for over 50 years. In Feb. 1996, Ferne moved to Nolensville, Tenn., where she lived with her daughter, Dorothy and husband, Hoy D. Allen, Sr.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Wayne Adams; brothers, Allen (Neva), Clarence “Bud” (Ruby), and Wayne Childs; and sister, Ruby Voland (Howard); son-in-law, Hoy D. Allen, Sr.; grandsons, Van Wesley Stephenson I, and Karl Lee Allen; great-grandson, Jack Wesley Dodson; nephews, Ken Adams and his son, Jon Adams, and Elmer Hembree; brothers-in-law, Marion (Wilma), Noble (Mary), and Howard (Maude) Adams; sister-in-law, Pauline Houser (Robert Grey and Paul Houser).

She was a great fan of the singing group BlackHawk of which Van Stephenson was a member. She did much promotion for them, thus becoming known as “Grandma BlackHawk”. Ferne worked in Tucson at Pima County Hospital. She retired from Tucson Medical Center as a dietitian in 1976. She then worked part-time at St. Joseph’s Hospital for awhile. Her life revolved around her family and her hobbies of crocheting, knitting, quilting, crafts and traveling.

She is survived by two children, Margaret “Peggy” Hise (Al) and Dorothy “Dot” Allen; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 750 Old State Road 46 West. In lieu of flowers, make a donation to The Van Stephenson Memorial Cancer Research Fund, send c/o BlackHawk, P.O. Box 121804, Nashville, TN 37212. Arrangements are entrusted to Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory  Chapel.

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  • November 25
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 25
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 26
    Go Club meeting Wednesday at coffee/tea shop
    3 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 26
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • November 28
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 29
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 29
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 2
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 4
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 12
    Widowed group plans Christmas party
    noon Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • December 12
    BCSP Christmas bird count slated
    8 a.m. BCSP Nature Center, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road