For my Godfather.

Pastor Barcus Birdine Adams
August 17, 1941—November 22, 2009

A Tiny Seed
The air was crisp billowing against the classic single family home that sat between the glorious wide green yard and the flourishing vegetable garden. A homemade swing swayed easily on the massive pine tree in Crocket Texas.
Barcus Birdine, the first child and son of Wallace Adams and Rosa Stewart-Douglass was born in August 17, 1941. The sprightly child cherished caring for his four siblings. Once in a fit of creativity he once turned the cornbread dressing green for the family dinner!
Ever the educator, he taught his little brother, Edgar, how to shine shoes at LA Parker’s Shoe Shop charging $.25 a pair. Oftentimes he’d used his money to buy things for the family and of course, his favorite candy; peanut brittle. His mother encouraged and embraced his vision.

A Growing Sprout
The sanctity of the warmth Barcus felt in the family fashioned the goodness within him.
He came from a family of avid servant leaders of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ under the tutelage of their mother by faithfully attending Crockett’s Miles Chapel CME. He was called to serve the Lord at just six-years-old. Yet at his own admission, he ran from the calling for many years. It was surviving Vietnam when he made his deal with the Lord, ‘Bring me back and I’ll serve you faithfully”. After coming back from war the he retired as Captain complete with a Bronze Star from the United States Army. In fulfilling his promise to the Lord he accepted his calling to the ministry. Pastor Adams first sermon was at Pilgrim Rest in 1979. There he rose thru the ranks from Director of Christian Education to Executive Assistant. A year later he founded Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in 1980 where he served as pastor for more than 23 years.

A Wonderful Man
The Texas native had an insatiable hunger for knowledge attending Rock Mount Bible College, International Bible Institute in Ft. Collins, San Antonio College, Prairieview A&M College (now Prairieview A&M University) and Denver University’s College of Business Administration. His military education includes data processing, Officers Candidate School, emergency medical training, pharmacy training and Medical Corpsman School. And his religious education consists of schooling in Monroe, Louisiana with completed courses at United Theology Seminary. Pastor Adams received a Bachelor of Theology and a Masters in Religious Education.
Alongside his life’s journey stood his wife Joyce in a marriage thick with love, devotion and tenderness. She was a strong and bold witness for the Lord and a loyal wife to her ‘Lil Red Rooster’. And in 1980 the warmhearted couple was blessed with their only son, Sean Birdine (The name Birdine, comes from Barcus’ grandfather that is carried thru Sean and his son, Tariq). She preceded him in death in 2002 just days before celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary.
Pastor Adams enjoyed a rich compelling life and commanded attention by his vast stature and compassionate demeanor. He extended his love and service by helping others in need. He loved watching sports as he once played tackle in for Ralph J. Bunch High School. In addition to his enthusiasm for sports he was an avid piano player and reader. His renowned mathematical dexterity aided in a mean domino game.

Loved and respected
God called his true servent home on November 20, 2009. He was with us for 68 years, 3 months and 5 days. Today we rejoice in the knowledge that he has passed the barrier of time, as we know it and is forever at home with the Savior Lord Jesus Christ whom he faithfully served.
Barcus leaves to cherish his memories and to continue his legacy: Nancy L. Givens of Austin, JoeRuth George of Dallas, Edgar a Williams wife Dorothy of Dallas, Dr. Thelma Douglas of Houston, Velma Adams of New Braunfels, Ruth Ella Robertson, husband Jody of Eden, NC, Margret Matthews, husband Joseph of Fall Church, VA, Patrice Faye Taylor of San Antonio, Sean and wife Ashlee, grandchildren, Tariq and Halia. And a host of cousins, nephews, nieces, in-laws, godchildren and friends.

Burial of Pastor Barcus B. Adam at Ft. Logan National Cemetery

Written by Barcus’ Sisters, Brother, Son and God-daughter.


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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I am touched by the words of those who loved and cherished him.

  2. This is a very vivid tribute. Thank you for writing it and sending it to me.

  3. Pastor Barcus B. Adams is a very strong man my only Pastor besides my Grandfather and the only Pastor to Baptize me being the first to cleans my soul and lead me in the right direction. Sean and I spent a lot of time together from being born within 30 min of each other, Family Activities, Bible Study, Etc. My family sends Blessings and Prayers to you and your family in your time of need.

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