Coach John Wallace Adcock
Graveside services for Coach John Wallace Adcock, 80, of Anniston, AL, will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014, at Forestlawn Gardens in Anniston with David Hodnett officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel in Anniston.
Mr. Adcock passed away on June 10, 2014 at Noland Hospital of Anniston.
Mr. Adcock was born in LaGrange, GA. He attended Young Harris Jr. College in Young Harris, GA, where he was a member of the Mountain Lions basketball team. He led scoring and rebounding while there, and he was chosen most valuable player when they became SEC champions. Upon graduation, he received a scholarship to play basketball for The University of Alabama Crimson Tide under Coach Hayden Riley. He attended the first meeting that "Bear" Bryant held with the Bama athletes and had many colorful stories to tell about that historical time.
John enlisted in the United States Army and played on a team that won the Third Army Division championship in Frankfurt, Germany, and was chosen as one of ten players in Europe to represent the United States in different countries. He was commended for his contribution to the success of the German American Boy Scout Camp at Wildflecken, Germany.
Upon graduation from The University of Alabama, John began a lifelong coaching career at Walter Wellborn High School where he coached varsity basketball and assisted in coaching football. After retiring, he continued to coach junior high and B-team players, and could usually be found at Wellborn serving in many capacities. Many students and athletes looked upon "Coach" as a father figure through the years. The gym where he coach most of his games has been named after him.
Coach Adcock has been honored by being inducted into three different halls of fame: the Calhoun County (AL) Sports Halls of Fame, the Young Harris Sports Hall of Fame in Young Harris, GA, and the Coweta County Sports Hall of Fame in Newnan, GA.
John was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Anniston, where he directed a summer recreation program for over 40 years. The recreation building now bears his name. He was also passionate about collecting funds for Muscular Dystrophy for many years.
Mr. Adcock is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue Hollingsworth Adcock of Anniston; his daughters, Angela Dickert and her husband, Michael, of Oxford, AL, Tracey Jones of Jacksonville, AL and Holli McCullough and her husband, Richard, of Lincoln, AL; eight grandchildren; and one great grandson.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Carden, Wayne Reaves, George Smith, Johnny Prater, Ricky Weems, Dean Clopton, Dennis Dunaway, Jerry Gunnels, Kenny Steppe, Ronald Broom, Ricky Jackson, Ed Deupree, and Curtis Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be former players of Coach Adcock.
At the request of the family, memorial contributions should be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Anniston, 1701 Henry Road, Anniston, AL 36207; Wellborn High School, 135 Pinson Road, Anniston, AL 36201; or to a favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made to the Adcock family at www.klbrownmemorychapel.com .
K.L. Brown Memory Chapel, 620 Golden Springs Road, Anniston, AL 36207; 256-231-2334.