Rev. Eddie Jean Adams was born to the parentage of Billie Jo Monson and the late Gene Adams on October 20th, 1947, in Fresno, California. She committed her life to serving Our Father God and others.
Eddie Jean, as she liked to be called, was a 1965 graduate of James Madison High School in Dallas. After working over a decade for the USPS, she knew she had a calling upon her life. Eddie Jean earned her Bachelor’s Degree from SMU. She then went on to get her Master’s Degree from Perkins School of Theology, at SMU. Eddie Jean became an UMC Ordained Deacon in 1994 and an UMC Ordained Elder in 1996. Rev. Adams begin serving at Hamilton Park UMC in 1994, where she was the first female pastor. She then went on to serve at Dallas St. Paul and Methodist Medical Center in Dallas. In 2002, she begin her final appointment as the pastor of Mt. Zion UMC, in Paris, TX for 18 years. During this time she became a pillar in the community, volunteering as a member of CASA, Habitat for Humanity, and the local NAACP. Eddie Jean was more than a pastor to her local church. She had a servant’s heart, loved people, and rarely passed on the opportunity to help others.
To her congregation she was Rev. Adams, while her colleagues called her Eddie Jean, and her loved ones referred to her as Mom, Granny, Mimi, Jean, or simply Eddie. Eddie Jean had a heart of gold and would go above and beyond to ensure others needs were met while sharing a friendly smile. She loved reading, traveling, playing games, education, a good meal and was always willing to say “my treat!” if eating out with others. Eddie Jean leaves a legacy of love and servanthood.
Her beloved only sister, Rose Mary King preceded her in death. Those left to cherish her precious memories are: her only child, Rodney Cornish (Samuel); Grandchildren, Amanda Bingham (Justin) and Cameron Cornish; great-grandchildren, Ashton, Behr, and Brix Bingham; her beloved mother, Billie Jo Monson; siblings, Joe Wayne Monson, B Monson, and LHD Brown.