West Arthur “W.A.” “Hot Dog” Adger was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on July 12, 1940. He was the oldest of five children. West was born to the union of Wess Adger and Elouise Johnson; both of whom preceded him in death. He joined Lee’s Chapel CME Church at a very young age and later moved his membership to Star Light Baptist Church in Hosston, Louisiana .
After years of being taught music lessons by his mother, at the early age of 15 years old, West became the pianist for his first church. He continued in the role of church musician throughout the years of his life in churches located in Louisiana, Texas and California until his illness prevented it. He was also the leader of a gospel singing group that recorded music. called Little West and the Groupettes Spiritual Singers.
West graduated in 1959 from Herndon High School in Belcher, Louisiana where he was an enthusiastic participant in the band as a trombone player. After graduation, he went on to attend Central Area Trade School in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he successfully completed a program in Welding. West was an ordained minister and he attended Sacramento Theological Seminary where he received a Bachelor’s Degree .
In 1960, prior to his first marriage, West was blessed with a beautiful daughter, Joaquinette McCauley (Betty), who blessed him with one grandson. In 1961,West moved to Sacramento and in 1962 he united in marriage with Jennie V. Williams. To this union three children were born: Antoinette, Deborah, and Wesley. They blessed him with four grandchildren. Following his divorce, West moved to Dallas, Texas where he met and married Helen Woodard and became the stepfather to her three children; Donna, Terry, and Mark. West later divorced, moved from Dallas and returned to Sacramento where he met and married his current wife of 25 years, Diane Leibman, and to this union two children were born: Joshua and Jessica.
During his times of residency in Sacramento, West was employed by the California State Department of General Services as a Janitorial Supervisor, where his assignments were mostly located in the State Capitol Building. After 31 years of service, he retired from his position in State Service . During the time he resided in Dallas, Texas he was employed by the City of Dallas Department of Water and Utilities.
West acquired the nickname, “Hot Dog”, through his many years of being an avid CB Ham Radio Operator. He was very well known on the airways and enjoyed spending long periods of time communicating with almost anyone who was willing to talk to him. He also had other hobbies that he truly loved, namely, golf, camping and boating. Throughout the years he owned both campers and boats and enjoyed the time he would spend with family and friends participating in those activities. He was a member of the Ebony Boat Club. In addition to those hobbies, West also enjoyed listening to and performing many different kinds of music and he had a large collection of hats that brought him great joy.
West passed in Kaiser Hospital on August 1, 2018 from a ruptured Aneurism. He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Diane Adger; six children: Joaquinette. Antoinette, Deborah (Omar), Wesley (Valerie); Joshua and Jessica; and five grandchildren. He also leaves to cherish the many memories of their lives growing up together: two sisters and two brothers, Bernice Abrom, Carney Adger (Faye), Tommy Adger (Reva), all of Dallas, Texas, and Valta Adger of Sacramento, California. Additionally, he leaves to mourn his passing a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in laws, and friends.