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James Adams

James Adams

Saturday, March 3rd, 1934 - Friday, May 8th, 2020
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James Anderson Adams
March 3, 1934 – May 8, 2020

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Phillippians 4:13 (KJV)

Faithful, generous, and inspiring, James Anderson Adams was born on March 3, 1934 in Etta,
Mississippi, to sharecroppers Marion and Ruby Adams. His hardworking parents had high hopes
for their ten children (one stillborn). All worked hard in the fields yet went on to earn college
degrees. With his powerful presence, his business sense, and a teddy bear smile that instantly
drew others in, their first born (nicknamed “Bull”) would be a leader in every way.
After attending Liberty Elementary and High School – requiring a five-mile walk each way daily -
- James received his bachelor’s degree in business education from Rust College in Holly Springs,
MS. He went on to earn two master’s degrees at Governors State University in University Park,
Illinois – one in Human Learning and Development, another in Cultural Studies.
As a college freshman, James fell hopelessly for Yvonne Smith, a classmate who would become
the love of his life. James often told the story of how he was walking by with his girlfriend and
Yvonne, sitting on a bench, asked him to go and get her a “round” (bologna sandwich). He
immediately ditched his then girlfriend, returned with the sandwich, and the rest was history.
They graduated together in 1958 and one year later, on Valentine’s Day, Rust’s Homecoming
Queen became James’ queen for life in a simple courthouse ceremony.
The couple began their life in Chicago, working toward ambitious goals and partnering in
tireless dedication to their church, their community and their family which soon came to
include three beloved children, Myron (“Andra”), Maurice, and Katrina. James was hardworking
and fully committed to doing what was needed to support and raise his family. At one time, he
worked three jobs, day and night.
He built his career in education first as a teacher at Chicago’s Bryant Elementary where he was
promoted to assistant principal. He then taught at Crown Academy School, totaling 34 years of
service to education. He was a shrewd business minded person, counting his pennies and
making budgets, always careful to ensure that his family had all that they needed. James was an
active member of his community, engaged in a number of organizations including the West Side
Youth Boosters, Introspect Youth Services, Rust College Alumni of Chicago, Boy Scouts and the
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boys and Girls Club, which christened a literacy program in his and his
wife’s names in 2019. He was a loyal member and a leader at Central Memorial Missionary
Baptist Church for 60 years, serving as Treasurer and Chairman of the Trustee Board,
Scholarship Fund and Store House Ministry. Always at the center of his family’s life, he
nurtured, championed, and supported his children as well as his grand and great grandchildren
at every turn.

After retiring in 1994, James turned his attention to traveling, largely in support of his daughter,
Katrina and her competitive tennis career. He and his wife sacrificed a great deal to support
their baby girl’s dreams, as did the entire family. Little did he know that support would
ultimately enable them to see the world together, to meet dignitaries and enjoy experiences
well beyond his dreams. Among the highlights of their later years, on their 50th wedding
anniversary, James and Yvonne renewed their wedding vows before a host of loved ones, and
James was delighted daily, to Face Time with his great grandsons, twins Evan and Joshua.
Despite several health challenges over the years, James and Yvonne would celebrate their 60th
Anniversary happily together. He had defied death more than once, but Yvonne’s passing, in
August 2019, was a heartbreak from which he never fully recovered.
James spent his final months in Las Vegas, NV where he was lovingly cared for by his son,
Maurice. On May 8th at 8:42 a.m., cradled in the embrace of his children, James surrendered
into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior. He transitioned in time to reunite with his wife on
her birthday, the following day. As he often noted, the arc of his 86 years of life was full to the
very end. It also never lacked for love.
Preceded in death by three of his sisters (Annarine Adams, Inez Knolls, and Mattie Hodges)
James leaves to mourn siblings Mae Shelby, Roosevelt Adams (Regina), Andrew Adams
(Princess), Willie Adams (Emma), Kynard Adams (Beverly) and Ruth Ball (Coolidge). James’
legacy lives on through his devoted children, Victor Bruce, Myron, Maurice, and Katrina; his
granddaughters, Andrea Guidry (Darryl) and Azure Bruce; great grandchildren, nieces, nephews
and all who adore him, including his godchildren, Stacey McJunkins, Darry Smith, Melvin Phillips
and Kendrick Coleman.
The family takes comfort in knowing that, after a long life well lived, he has returned to the love
of his life and they are at rest, in eternal peace.

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Marilyn Wilder

Posted at 09:19pm
Mr Adams will truly be missed. I had gotten accustomed to our weekly phone calls in Chicago and when he moved to Las Vegas. We shared a lot of laughs and if you knew him then you know he had a unique sense of humor. He said what he meant and he didn't sugar coat it. I can honestly say Mr. and Mrs. Adams were like second parents to me. I was honored to take the pictures for their 50th anniversary and I was honored to take the pictures for Mr. Adams' 80th birthday. I thank you, the Adams siblings, for sharing your parents with me. I know in my heart that James is now at peace with Yvonne.

Marian Guidry

Posted at 10:57pm
Sending deepest condolences to the Adams family. I met Mr and Mrs Adams through their granddaughter, Andrea, who married my son Darryl, and blessed us all with the birth of their sons, Evan and Josh. We shared many pleasant occasions and great conversations. I have never met anyone more delightful than the Adams. Mr. Adams has a quick sense of humor that you never see coming. Their family quickly became my family and we have shared some very special moments. The Adams have left an impactful legacy, and they will be missed.

Arlene A McGruder

Posted at 01:58pm
First I would like to send my continued condolences and prayers to the Adams' family. Mr. Adams thank you for the honor of hosting your 80th Birthday celebration as well as your last wedding anniversary to the lovely Yvonne Adams. I have shared so many laughs with you, you told me how talented and funny you thought I was and you even tried to be a pseudo Ghost Writer 😍😍for me by offering me jokes even though I told you on several occasions I don't do jokes. I will never forget your love and support. Continue to rest in eternal peace❤❤❤❤

Kristy Williams

Posted at 06:24pm
Mr. Adams and Mrs. Adams simply and authentically created a pattern for T’Challa and I to follow in our faith and family. We’re so glad he spent his last days in peace, sunshine, good food, and good company. Although he will be missed, we’re so happy he’s reunited with his love.

Ge Vonna

Posted at 11:34am
For many, Mr. Adams represented strength and stability, sprinkled in with a sense of humor. I never knew what he was going to say. From my mom and me, he's going to be missed. But there is satisfaction knowing he's where he longed to be (right there with Mrs. Adams). That, in itself leaves me with a smile, knowing the two are not far away, smiling, watching from above.

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