Gene Schrader Adams

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Gene Schrader Adams, 46, of Manila, passed from this life Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Born in Jonesboro, he was a lifelong Manila resident and was a 1991 graduate of Manila High School. He later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from Arkansas State University in 1995. A prominent area farmer and landowner, Gene was an entrepreneur on many levels. His many interests included Gene Adams Farms, Adams Agri, cattle ranching, and property rentals. Known for his community involvement, he was a mentor to many area young men and assisted with the development of local businesses. As an avid outdoorsman, Gene's hobbies led him to career opportunities resulting in his reputation as a renowned hunting guide. He operated Black Mallard Hunting Service and worked as a guide for Gastineau Outfitters, specializing in trophy quality elk, mule deer, black bear, and mountain lion. A larger than life character, Gene's love for the outdoors was only overshadowed by his love for family and friends. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Manila.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Robin Towles Adams of Manila; two daughters, Anna Grace Adams and Mattie Claire Adams, both of Manila; his parents, Jimmy and Connie Schrader Adams of Manila; one brother and sister-in-law, Jeremy and Brooke Adams of Jonesboro; and his nephews, Pierce Adams and Beckett Adams.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at the First Baptist Church in Manila with Rev. Ferrel Duffell, Dr. Matt Pryor, and Paul Wayne Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in the Manila Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Manila.

Active pallbearers will be Byron Hitchcock, Gary Mitchell, Jason Walton, Bubba Hicks, Jared Stutts, Thurman Boatman, Dr. Tommy Wagner, Gene Shaneyfelt, Brett Gastineau, and Brent Farmer. Honorary pallbearers will include the Manila High School Class of 1991, the Big Lake Country Club Crew, Black Mallard hunting guides, and employees of Gene Adams Farms.

The family will receive visitors Friday evening from 6-8 at the First Baptist Church in Manila. An account has been set up at Farmer's Bank for memorials titled "Anna Grace and Mattie Claire Adams Scholarship Fund." Anyone who wishes to give in honor of Gene for his precious girls may do so at any Farmer's Bank location.

Friends are invited to sign the online guest register at