Leachville, AR (KAIT) - Charles "Boe" Adams, known for his Leachville cotton gin and philanthropy, has died. Adams was 76.
Adams died Wednesday at a Searcy Hospital. The Adams Land Company owns the largest cotton gin in Arkansas, located in Leachville. He and his wife Myrna had donated money over the years to various local charities and institutions.
According to his obituary, in his younger years Adams was a high school basketball coach and served in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to West Point Academy as an instructor of various sporting activities. Adams was an assistant coach for the 1960 Gold Medal Olympic Basketball Team. In 1965, he coached the first integrated high school baseball team in Arkansas.
Adams returned to Leachville in 1990 where he built an estate and land company. His cotton gin just north of the city is known for its technological advances in the ginning industry. Adams estate in Leachville hosted a massive Holiday lighting display for several years.
Adams is survived by his wife (Myrna), four children, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.