Philip Adams

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

Philip was born January 3, 1972, in Paducah, KY, to Julian “Butch” and Linda Adams. In his early years he excelled in baseball and basketball and graduated from Massac Community High School Class of 1990.  He worked with his uncle as a painter’s assistant and spent many years as a river towboat deck hand 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, and 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, IL;
his mother, Linda Adams of Freeburg, IL;
a sister, Julie (Dave) Rickert and his dearly loved niece, Amelia, all of New Athens, IL;
a maternal aunt, June Sielbeck of Metropolis, IL;
a paternal great-aunt, Beverly Adams of Metropolis, IL;
three paternal uncles, Mickey Adams of Metropolis, IL,  Robert (Carmen) Adams of Golconda, IL, and Rocky Adams of Metropolis, IL;
dear friends, Jerome Bray and Edgar Bradford of Metropolis, IL;
and his little dog, Zoey.

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

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



27 Comments on Philip Adams

Teresa and John Henderson said : Guest Report Oct 11, 2021 at 10:44 AM

We are sorry to hear about Philip,he will be remembered by all,he was a great person,Thinking of you and Prayers for your family on this day

  • Grantsburg
  • IL
Cindy Bazor said : Guest Report Oct 08, 2021 at 5:28 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family will be our thoughts and prayers

  • Metropolis
  • IL
Mark Allen Neal said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2021 at 8:51 PM

My deepest condolences to Philip's family for your loss. He was a good friend in highschool. Rest in peace.

  • MD
Zinda Baggett said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2021 at 6:52 PM

Linda, I am so very sorry to hear about Philip. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Metropolis
  • IL
Carol J. Brauer said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2021 at 5:41 PM

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. So sorry of your loss. Prayers to you all. Sincerely, Carol Brauer

  • Belleville
  • IL
Beth Brown said : Guest Report Oct 03, 2021 at 12:08 PM

So sorry to hear of Philip’s passing. Prayers and peace to your family.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Philip McDuffee said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2021 at 4:31 AM

My deepest condolences for Philip’s family for their loss.

  • Sydney
  • NSW
Kathy Brush said : Guest Report Oct 01, 2021 at 3:23 PM

Julie, so sorry to hear of your loss. Hopefully God’s peace will help you through this difficult time.

  • Pekin
  • Il
John Broder said : Guest Report Oct 01, 2021 at 7:02 AM

I am so sorry for your loss!! Phillip was an amazing guy!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family!! He will be greatly missed!!

  • Metropolis
  • Il
Paula McIntosh said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2021 at 12:02 PM

Oh Linda., so very sorry to hear about Philip. Prayers for you and all the family ❤️

  • Metropolis,
  • IL
Mary Cromeenes said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 4:52 PM

Oh Linda I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Philip. May God's presence strengthen you and your family.

  • Metropolis
  • Il
James and Lori Kaiser said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 1:48 PM

Linda, Julie, and family, Please know that you are not alone in this time of great sadness, Christ is walking right beside you and sometimes carrying you. Please know that your church family is also here for you. You all are in our thoughts and prayers!!!!

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Jason Hayes said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 12:49 PM

Philip was a great friend to many of us. He had a huge heart and will be missed by many.

  • Metropolis
  • IL
Amanda (Mandy) Huffman said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 12:16 PM

I’ve met him a while back even gave him a few rides home...he was always nice & friendly to me....I’m sure gonna miss him...All his Family & Friends have my condolences.....

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Sylvia Ginger said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 11:10 AM

My heart hurts for all of Phillip's family. I was so saddened to hear of Phillip's passing. He was a good guy who grew up a lot in his middle years. Gone too soon.

  • Metropolis
  • IL
Donna Ogle said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 10:18 AM

I am truly sorry for your loss. There are no words we can say but this I am here for both of you an if you ever need to talk or scream I am here. Love you Butch an Betty

  • Ledbettet
  • Ky
Marty Gurley said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 9:10 AM

So sorry! I didn't know that Phil had past. He was always my friend. I didn't know where he was these days I do now,and I hate it. Prayers for family and friends who loved him

  • Metropolis
  • Illinois
Michelle Feurer said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 7:26 AM

Sending my deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. My God watch over all of you and treasure the good memories of Philip.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Suzie pearl said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 6:24 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. My brother Ricky and Philip used to be close buds. I'm just lost for words I graduated with Philip from massac and have always liked him. He will be truly missed.

  • Metropolis
  • Il
Pam Kensinger's family said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 1:21 AM

Words is not enough to express our sincere loss of your love one. Philip will be greatly missed. God bless.

  • Delavan
  • Illinois
Lea Adams said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 12:08 AM

This obituary is very well spoken. Phillip was always so good to me having my back growing up. He made me laugh well over 1000 times. He helped anyone he could and had a big kind heart. Rest easy with God now Phillip!

  • Metropolis
  • IL
Rebecca stites said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2021 at 11:07 PM

Sorry for your loss. No words can help right now with your grief but in time it will get a little better. My heart felt sympathy

  • Metropolis
  • Illinois
Mark & Tammy Rickery said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2021 at 7:56 PM

Very sorry for loss of your love one.

  • New Athens
  • Illinois
Robert Bray said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2021 at 7:31 PM

May the lord see you on through to the other side where all your friends and family will be waiting to rejoice with you. Your loved and missed buddy!!!!!

  • Metropolis
  • IL
Anna-Marie Parks said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2021 at 5:58 PM

I am still completely dumbfounded by this news... I remember Philip's love of music and how he loved lyrics. He was a deep thinker and always looked at things a bit differently than most. He loved his family more than they will ever know - he was a loyal friend, sometimes to a fault. He made friends everywhere he went & always made people laugh. He would kick butt at the pool tables-- and he would always get so lucky on the video poker machines. I'll sure miss him, I hope he can forgive the fact that I hadn't seen him in a couple of years. I hope he is at peace and I know he is watching over us.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Carol Martinek said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2021 at 5:36 PM

My heart is just breaking for you my dearest of friends. I cannot get you off of my mind. I love you dearly snd I did love Philip so much.

  • Opdyke
  • Il
Janet M Thrasher said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2021 at 5:01 PM

So sorry to hear about Philip. Please accept my deepest sympathy. We were all praying for him...

  • Freeburg
  • IL

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