Obituary and Service Information for Adam David McCullough Jr.

McCullough Jr., Adam David

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Visitation Location:
Mahn Twin City Chapel, 515 Collins, Festus, Missouri 63028

Date: Saturday,April 20,2019
Time: 11:00 am

Service Location:
Mahn Twin City Chapel



MR. ADAM DAVID MCCULLOUGH, Jr. was born on October 19, 1925 in Fairfield, Alabama and passed away March 31, 2019. He was the fourth child of his father, the late Adam D. McCullough, Sr. and mother, Bertha Drake. His sibling brothers Emmett, William (Ted) and Edward all preceded him in death.

His family moved to Gary, Indiana when he was three years old and he remained there through his early school years. Following his graduation from Roosevelt High school, Mr. McCullough served two years in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946. After his honorable military discharge, Mr. McCullough attended Central State (Wilberforce) University in Xenia, Ohio where he earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in health and physical education. In 1950, Mr. McCullough started teaching industrial arts and physical education at the Douglass School in Festus; and in 1959 he successfully completed his studies for a Master’s of Science Degree in Health & Physical Education, from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Mr. McCullough served as an assistant football coach at the Festus R-6 District in 1950, becoming the first African-American in Jefferson County to cross the color line in both coaching and officiating. By May 1955, Adam was well settled in the Festus community and married his soulmate Willa (nee Haney). “Coach” McCullough, as he was affectionately known by many, along with his wife Willa, were long-time educators and the first African-American teachers to move from the all-black Douglas school, to the all-white Festus school district. Coach McCullough retired from the school system in 1993.

Mr. McCullough distinguishably served 16 years (1987-2003), in public office as a Ward 1 Festus City Councilman. He also served as a Trustee and local Boy Scouts Leader for many years at Ward Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church of Festus; and worked at the Teamsters Camp of Pevely as Children’s Camp Director for roughly 40 years. Mr. McCullough also served on the board of the Jefferson County YMCA and held longtime memberships with the Kappa Alpha Psi Greek Fraternity, the William H. Ashcraft Lodge #6 of Kirkwood, MO., the Eureka Consistory #29, The United Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree Masonic Order, and the Prince Hall Masons for 40 plus years.

Mr. McCullough leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife Willa of 63 plus years, a daughter Sibyl Barksdale, grandson Elvis, and granddaughter Keyah Barksdale all of Fayetteville, North Carolina; his nephews, nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends.


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