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Kelly Tolbert Adams

Kelly Tolbert Adams
July 07
09:35 2020

Kelly Adams, 59, of Breckenridge, passed away at her residence on Saturday, July 4, 2020. Kelly’s memorial service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, at Gunsight Baptist Church with Danny Brown officiating.

Born on October 16, 1960, in Levelland, Texas, Kelly was the daughter of the late W.C. “Slim” and Dean Tolbert. Kelly was the baby of her family and was spoiled by her dad and sisters. Kelly graduated high school from Breckenridge, Texas, and later met her husband, David. They were married on November 24, 1978, and David took the torch and continued to spoil her.

Kelly worked for many years as an accountant and later worked for 10 years as a supply officer at the Walker Sayle Unit. But Kelly was most known for her years as a waitress. She spent 15 of those waitressing years at Ernie’s Spanish Kitchen. Kelly knew most everyone’s order as they walked in the door… or if you were one of the less fortunate, you ate what Kelly brought you.

Kelly was the confidant for most of the family members. She took her role as aunt, sister, and sister-in-law seriously. Kelly loved her family fiercely. She was a devoted wife and took so much pride in her two girls, Torre and Whitney, but her most notable role was that of “Mammy.” Kelly would do anything for those grandbabies: they were her pride and joy.

She was proceeded in death by her sister, Kathy Anderson, and two brothers, Jerry Nichols and Ronnie Powell.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, David Adams; daughters Torre Adams of Ranger and Whitney Pilkington and husband Mark of Breckenridge; sisters Jan Hagler of Breckenridge and Judy Whitt of Eastland; brother Robbin Powell of Germany; six grandchildren, Audrey Mendoza, Jaxon Adams, Ian Adams, Zade Stewart, Presley Pilkington, and Amber Reedy; two great-grandchildren, Bretton and Ethan Reedy; as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Beyond all the little things about Kelly, it is that quick wit and sarcasm of hers that will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Kelly’s memory be made to either the Wounded Warriors Project or the Ronald McDonald House. Those donations can be left at the funeral home office. Condolences can be made online at

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