By Dottie Day Adcock

John Gray Adcock was born August 2, 1939 in Minden, Louisiana to George Alman and Mattie Lee (LONG) Adcock. He was on of three boys. His older brother was George Alman Adcock, JR. who died in 1999. His younger brother is Rev. Ray Don Adcock of Monroe, Louisiana.

John spent all his childhood and youth in Minden, attending elementary and high school there. He graduated from MHS in 1954 where he was involved in both football and baseball. Following that, he attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now ULLafayette). He earned his BA degree in 1958, and taught one year of high school in Jonesboro-Hodge, Louisiana.

On June 6, 1959, John and Dorothy Frances Day, also of Minden (Class of 1957) were married. In August of that year, John was drafted into the US Army, and sent to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico where he served two years. During that time their first son, Kenneth Gray Adcock was born at WSMR.

Living in Las Cruces, New Mexico, John then returned to teaching at Alameda Jr. High School in 1961 where he became a top-notch math teacher. He taught there until 1976 when he became a high school counselor at Las Cruces High School, having continued his education at New Mexico State University, earning his MA in Counseling in 1968. He remained there until his retirement from the public schools in 1988. However, he continued his part time teaching at NMSU, in the Dona Ana Branch, and at the Education Center at WSMR where he taught from 1969 to 2003.

Dottie also became a teacher starting her degree in Music Education at Louisiana Tech in 1957 and finishing at New Mexico State in 1963. Their second son Charles Alfred Adcock was born in 1965. She also taught 27 years in the Las Cruces Public Schools retiring in 1991.

Both John and Dottie were involved in church activities at FBC in Minden and in Las Cruces. John served many years as a deacon and Sunday School director; Dottie has served in the church choir as a choir member, soloist and church pianist (since 1988).

John passed away on December 27, 2004 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was buried in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Las Cruces, New Mexico on December 31, 2003.

John was known as an outstanding educator, a very caring instructor, and faithful servant of God. He was unassuming, funny, and a very loving grandfather for his four grandchildren. He is missed.

Dottie Adcock June 13, 2005

 1953/4 - Left-Right, (?Patsy Elkins, John Adcock, Lynwood Smelzer ?, W. W. Williams and Ann Machen

John Adcock


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Class of 1953.

                                             Wife of John Adcock was.....Dottie Day