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James Willis Adams

Born: Tue., Apr. 10, 1923
Died: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Dec. 18, 2017
Location: Wright Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Tue., Dec. 19, 2017
Location: New Home AME Zion Church

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Mr. James Willis Adams, 94, of 1150 Railroad Avenue, Hickory Grove, SC, passed away in the early morning of Saturday, December 16, 2017.  Born April 10, 1923 in Hickory Grove, he was a son of the late Jim and Avery Johnson Adams.

Funeral services will be 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at New Home AME Zion Church in York, SC, with Rev. James Hawkins officiating.  Burial with Military Honors will follow at St. James AME Zion Church Cemetery in Hickory Grove, SC.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday, December 18, 2017 at the funeral home.  Masonic rites will be observed this evening.

Mr. Adams was the oldest son of seven children.  He joined the US Army in 1942 as a mechanic.  He was also able to travel to Washington DC in 2012 with other WWII Veterans.

After his tour of duty in the military, James returned home and married his beloved, Ms. Lucille Logan.  Together they built a family of fourteen children, eight boys and six girls.

James joined St. James AME Zion Church at an early age and participated in various organizations.  He served as Assistant Superintendant of the Sunday School, Assistant Class Leader, Pastor Steward, President of the Senior Choir, a former Usher, President for Brotherhood Breakfast, and one of his most prized duties, the Church Handy Man.

James was also a Mason with the Hoodtown Masonic Lodge in Hickory Grove, SC.

James worked as a heavy equipment Mechanic at Kings Mountain Micra and retired from there in the mid-1980s.  He enjoyed retirement to the fullest, working with his church, community and seeing his family grow.  One of his most joyous events was being Grand Marshall of the Hickory Grove, SC Christmas Parade on December 5, 2015.  Through it all he was very grateful for the time the Lord granted him to be one of his servants.

In addition to his wife, Mrs. Lucille Logan Adams, he is preceded in death by two sons, Bobby Adams and Wilmer Adams; two sisters, Sara Nichols and Dorothy Smith; and three brothers, Robert Adams, Harry Adams and Ernest Adams.

Left to cherish loving memories are one sister, Louise Crocket of Gastonia, NC; six daughters, Dorothy Howards of Lake Wylie, SC, Ollie Bankhead (Stancy) of Hickory Grove, SC, Rev. A. Gayle Starr of Clover, SC, Clara Gary (Perry) of Clover, SC, Elizabeth Moore (Calvin) of York, SC, and Phyllis Burris (Robert) of Rock Hill, SC; six sons, Harry Adams (Helen) of Hickory Grove, SC, Larry Adams of McConnells, SC, Warren Adams (Teresa) of Charlotte, NC, James Adams (Rita) of Rock HIll, SC, Frankie Adams and Lawrence Adams (Roxanne) both of Hickory Grove, SC; 30 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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Patricia mccurry
   Posted Sun December 17, 2017
Frankie,Phyliss ann and the rest of adams family I am so sorry to hear of your Dad and or grandpa passing.you will all be in my prayers.may the LOrd comfort you all.I know he will be missed

Pat mccurry
   Posted Mon December 18, 2017
Frankie whiltey Phyliss ann my thoughts and prayers are with you all.he sounded like a remarkable man

[Mrs.] Mary H. Williams-Carter
   Posted Tue December 19, 2017
It seems Jesus, and God had decided to let your loved one spend Christmas with them. I know you'll miss him. Am extending my deepest sympathy, and friendship in Christ. May you remain close to one another. I don't own a car, and buses don't run often. Your cousin, Mary H.

Charles Feemster
   Posted Tue January 02, 2018
So sorry to read about the passing of Mr. "Gene" Willis.
My deepest sympathy to the entire family. My heart is with you in your time of sorrow. The pain of losing someone in death is the most devastating pain that one can feel and can sometimes overwhelm us.

May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of sorrow. When one passes, they are kept in Gods memory, they are precious to him. Psalm 116:15.

[Mrs.] Mary H. Wms. [Carter]27
   Posted Sat February 17, 2018
Please accept my sympathy. The grief you are experiencing can be eased by Jesus who had stated, "Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Each new day of blessing of life remaining in you, can bring new hope, less grief, and renewed closeness everyday to God. Use your God given "common sense"as he had trained you to find the right connection of people, or person who can help, or show you the way for all you need. Remain faithful, and close to God. He is every present all day in prayers, or your hearts, and minds.

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