Rosey's Funeral Held Today
Mark of johnnycash.com - Posted October 30, 2003
Accompanied by a legion of Adamses, Nixes, Carters and Cashes,
Rozanna Lea Nix Adams was taken to her grave today, buried at her
mother's feet in a heartfelt funeral service in Hendersonville. June
Carter's younger daughter was remembered in ways which reflected her
life: often irreverent and coarse, but full of the spirit and no-
holds-barred style which characterized her 45 years on this Earth.
Don "Poolball" Mealer opened the ceremony with a song he and Rosey
wrote after June died called "Press On.." Carlene Carter led a family
musical tribute on the song she wrote about her sister, "Me and the
Wildwood Rose" (with new lyrics to reflect recent events),
accompanied by John Carter Cash, Laura Cash, Lorrie Bennett and
Tiffany Lowe, and then offered a moving remembrance in which she
said "Rosey was ready to be where she is now, with Mama."
Rosey's widower, Philip Adams, gave an emotional, tear-filled speech
which alternately had the assembled overflow crowd at the
Hendersonville Funeral Home Chapel wailing and laughing through the
many tears. He acknowledged that "everybody knew that Rosey was an
addict for a long time," but said that she "loved life more than
anyone [he had] ever known."
Family friend Michael Foster performed a halting rendition of a song
he wrote which he said was one of Rosey's favorites called "My
Rosanne Cash, who has given more than any one person's share of
eulogies in the past few months, gave a spontaneous and frank
reminiscence about her difficult relationship with her step-sister
which ended with expressions of love both from and to the podium. She
said Rosey had a "wild spirit that always flew too close to the fire"
and that her life was a cautionary tale that "people need structure
in their lives."
Brandi Rose ended the proceedings with a powerful, a capella version
of "Amazing Grace," the signature song which Rosey often performed
when she toured with the Johnny Cash Show.
As the mourners followed the white and rose casket to the grave,
Lorrie Bennett led a mournful "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."
Rosey's father, an overcome, distraught and ailing Rip Nix, was led
into the chapel in the arms of his wife and son and namesake, Edwin,
and sat crying in the front row. There were many other family members
and friends who made another in what has become an all-too-frequent
trip to Hendersonville Memory Garden. They included Janette Carter's
children from Poor Valley, Rita Forrester and Dale Jett, as well as
June Carter's cousin and best friend, Fern Salyers; three of the four
Cash daughters: Rosanne, Kathy and Cindy; Helen Carter's three living
sons: Danny, David and Kevin Jones; Carlene's son, John Jackson
Routh, who has served as a pallbearer at all three Cash/Carter
funerals this year; the three remaining siblings of Johnny Cash: Reba
Hancock, Tommy Cash and Joanne Yates; former Cash band members W.S.
Holland, Dave Roe and Marty Stuart; old family friend Merle Kilgore,
who collaborated on writing songs with both Rosey and, long ago, her
mother; and even one of Rosey's ex-husbands, Mike Daniel, who was an
It was a ceremony that provided Rosey's friends and family an
opportunity to say goodbye to a life ended before its time, for a
woman who searched all her life, and may have found it only on the
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