Philip Edward Adams

Philip Edward Adams, 49, of Freeburg, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Philip was born Jan. 3, 1972, in Paducah, Kentucky, to Julian “Butch” and Linda Adams. In his early years, he excelled in baseball and basketball and graduated from Massac County High School Class of 1990. He worked with his uncle as a painter’s assistant and spent many years as a river towboat deckhand and crew mate. Philip loved horseback riding, fishing with his dad, and spending time on Kentucky Lake with friends, and was an expert pool player like his maternal grandpa.

It’s been said that old people, children, and dogs loved him and that was because he was always kind and considerate to them and could not bear to see a child or animal abused. He loved his dogs, Chipper, Bart, Heidi, and especially Sierra and her babies that he helped deliver, with the last little one born being his beloved Zoey.

Philip enjoyed watching movies and could tell you which actor played in what movie. He loved listening to music and was impressed by many artists, such as a young girl violinist, an expert drummer, a back-country woman playing spoons, but his favorite instrument was the acoustic guitar, and could listen to it for hours.

He is preceded in death by his paternal great-grandmother, Rose Adams: his paternal grandparents, Ed Adams and Helen Ferrell; his maternal grandparents, Fritz and Hilda Sielbeck; two maternal uncles, Dale Sielbeck and Don Sielbeck; and a maternal aunt, Margaret Sielbeck.

Surviving are his father and stepmother, Butch (Betty) Adams of Metropolis; his mother, Linda Adams of Freeburg; a sister, Julie (Dave) Rickert; and his dearly loved niece, Amelia, all of New Athens; a maternal aunt, June Sielbeck of Metropolis; a paternal great-aunt, Beverly Adams of Metropolis; three paternal uncles, Mickey Adams of Metropolis, Robert (Carmen) Adams of Golconda, and Rocky Adams of Metropolis; dear friends, Jerome Bray and Edgar Bradford of Metropolis; and his little dog, Zoey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Massac County Project Hope, 1698 West 10th St., Metropolis, IL 62960, or to the DuBois Center c/o St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 7 North Belleville St., Freeburg, IL 62243. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

If I could write a poem,

and find the perfect words,

and then put them all to music,

just so my voice gets heard

— Aaron Lewis — Vicious Circles

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at Zion Evangelical Church, Metropolis, with a light reception to follow in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg.

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