Two years ago, the St. Petersburg man met up with his long-lost daughter from a war romance. He was 81.
Garold D. Adams, joyfully reunited two years ago with an English daughter he had not seen in nearly a half century, has died at age 81.
Mr. Adams, who had undergone gall bladder surgery in April, died Tuesday (Aug. 10, 1999) at Edward White Hospital. The cause was a heart attack, his wife of 52 years, Mildred, said Wednesday.
The daughter missing from his life since she was barely a year old, Sharyn Howland of Kent, England, shrieked when she caught sight of her father at that Christmastime reunion at Tampa International Airport. "How are you, Sharyn?" her father bellowed as the ascending escalator delivered her to him. "Oh, how lovely to see you," she said.
She perched her chin on his shoulder and hugged his neck.
Now the news of his death is bringing the daughter born in a World War II romance back to St. Petersburg on Thursday.
"She was quite upset," said her half brother, James D. Adams of Kenneth City, who called to inform her of her father's death. Mrs. Howland, planning to visit him next February, "was basically hysterical," he said. "She said, "I knew this would happen before I could get back over.' "
Mr. Adams, part of a bomb disposal unit of the U.S. Army Air Forces stationed in England, married Gladys Woodcocks after a four- or five-month romance and moved to Evansville, Ind., where he found work at a refrigeration plant.
His wife and daughter followed. But the marriage fell apart, and mother and daughter went back to England in 1946. Both of Mrs. Howland's parents remarried.
In 1996, Mrs. Howland found an ad in a British newspaper for an organization that helps American soldiers' children find their parents. She paid about $16 to join Transatlantic Children's Enterprise, starting the process that led to the happy reunion with her long-lost father.
Born in Kirksville, Mo., Mr. Adams came here in 1960 from Evansville. He was a sales representative for JCPenney. He was a life member of the DAV and a member of Azalea Baptist Church.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, son James and daughter Sharyn, include a second daughter, Cheryl Bell, Jacksonville; two brothers, John and Kenneth, both of Evansville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 3530 49th St. N. A funeral will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Azalea Baptist Church, 7900 22nd Ave. N, with burial at Woodlawn Memory Gardens.
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