Former Adams Mayor/Commissioner Charles Rust Dies, He was 88

Charles Rust, Former Adams Mayor/Commissioner Dies, He was 88

Former Adams Mayor/Commissioner Charles Rust Dies, He was 88

ADAMS TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – According to a statement from the city of Adams, former Adams Mayor Charles Rust has died, he was 88.

“Our dear Charles Rust has passed. He served our community as Mayor and Commissioner for years. Please keep his family in your prayers.” City of Adams, TN

Mr. Rust was a Commissioner for the city of Adams from May 1963 to June 1989 and served as Mayor for two years from July 1987 to June 1989.

According to the Tennessee General Assembly website, the City of Adams has had four mayors during its fifty-eight-year history (Incorporated 1963). John Strange served as Mayor of Adams from its incorporation in 1963 until his death in 1987; Charles Rust served as Mayor from 1987 to 1989; and, in 1989, Omer Gene Brooksher began his tenure as Mayor until his death in 2014 (FULL REPORT). Mary Mantooth became the interim Mayor and continues to serve as the current Mayor of Adams, Tennessee. (source)

Charles Benjamin Rust, 88, of Adams, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021, at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Graveside memorial services will be conducted Thursday, January 14th at 2:00 p.m. in the Adams Cemetery with Reverend Ken Gillespie and Reverend Paul Edwards officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the graveside memorial service.

Mr. Rust was born May 4, 1932 in New Tazwell to the late Noel D. and Thelma Lynch Rust. He was one of three remaining students that graduated from Bell School in the class of 1949. He went on to graduate from Austin Peay State University, Perdue University, and Western Kentucky University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served five years at the end of the Korean Conflict. Mr.


Rust retired from the Todd County Board of Education where he began as a classroom teacher, then went on to serve as a principal, and then serve as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools with over 40 years of combined service. He was a member of Adams United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the Adams Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.

Mr. Rust is survived by his wife, Martha Belk Rust, whom he would be married to for 45 years this coming August.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

For Mr. Rust’s full obituary, CLICK HERE.

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