Cadiz teen found dead while on mission trip
by Hawkins Teague
Jan 02, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Mark Adams
John Mark Adams
John Mark Adams, a 16-year-old Trigg County High School junior, died in his sleep last week while on a mission trip in Mississippi. According to officials in Mississippi, members of a mission group in Pascagoula found Adams dead in his bed early Friday morning. The group was from the Crossroads Fellowship in Cadiz.

Geoff Baggett, pastor of Crossroads Fellowship Church, said that Adams, his father, Dennis, and a younger brother went with the church last week to Pascagoula, where they planned to help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Baggett said the group of 13 had planned to stay in Mississippi for three days and to return to Cadiz on New Year’s Eve. He said that when Dennis Adams attempted to wake his son on Dec. 28, he discovered the younger Adams had apparently died in his sleep. It was the group’s first night there.

“I don’t even know how to express my sympathies for the family,” Baggett said. “We’ve all suffered loss, but an untimely loss is harder to deal with.”

Baggett said that Adams’s father and brother returned to Cadiz that day. He said the rest of the team came home also.

Lt. Paul Leonard of the Pascagoula Police Department, the investigating officer, said that an emergency call was received at 5:19 a.m. on Dec. 28. The local ambulance and rescue squad responded to the scene at the First Presbyterian Church of Pascagoula and found Adams to be unresponsive.

Jackson County coroner, Vickie Broadus, arrived at about 5:40, and Adams was transported to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula. Captain George Tillman said there was “absolutely no indication of foul play.”

In addition Adams being enrolled as a junior at Trigg County High School, he was one of four students from Trigg County who were taking classes at the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at Western Kentucky University.

His mother, Kim Adams is a teacher at the high school.

“Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends,” said Superintendent Tim McGinnis.

For the full story on the tragedy in Mississippi, read the January 2 Cadiz Record.
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