Larry Eugene Adams

April 22, 1937July 28, 2014
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Larry Eugene Adams April 22, 1937-July 28, 2014

Larry Eugene Adams, age 77, of Atlanta, peacefully passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. Husband, father, grandfather, friend – Larry was known for his loving, generous spirit and his courageous fight for life.

He was born on April 22, 1937, in Topeka, KS, the eldest of five children. At the age of eight, his family moved from Kansas to the small farming community of Verndale, MN when his parents, Norman and Elfreda, bought a large dairy farm. He graduated from Verndale High School in 1955 and attended the University of Minnesota where he was a member of Farm House Fraternity. Larry was an International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) delegate to Portugal between his junior and senior years in college. After graduating from U of M in 1960, Larry committed his life work to the micronutrient division of the fertilizer industry.

On December 14, 1961, Larry married Josephine (Jo) Carol Gute, his devoted wife of 52 years. They had two children, Jeffrey (Jeff) and Julene (Julie). Larry was involved in several church and community activities. He enjoyed coaching and managing his children’s sports teams. His church activities included youth group leader, usher, and council member.

In 1965, a job transfer brought him to Atlanta, GA where he established his home and life-long career. Larry spent most of his years working for Traylor Chemical and Supply of Orlando, FL. He was a leader in the fertilizer industry, and responsible for the development and promotion of liquid micronutrients. Upon establishing his career in the south, Larry became a longtime member of the Georgia Plant Food Educational Society (GPFES). He was well respected in his field and most honored to receive the Blair W. Davis Award from the GPFES in recognition of outstanding contributions to Georgia Plant Food’s Educational Society and the Field of Agriculture.

After retirement, Larry and Jo spent time traveling, which was a great passion they shared together. Some of their favorite trips included visits to Israel, Italy, China, Russia, and South America. In addition, Larry developed a great interest in growing native Azaleas. This led to his membership in the Azalea Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society and becoming their long standing treasurer. Larry was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. He took great pride in driving the van for Lutheran Towers, a church supported residence for senior citizens. The residents always appreciated his ready smile and kindness. Twice a month Larry served at the “Red Door Café,” Redeemer’s soup kitchen. Larry also worked with Redeeming Grace, an outreach ministry focused on rehabilitating young girls who are victims of the sex trade. Beyond serving on the Redeeming Grace church committee, Larry volunteered at one of the Wellspring Living thrift stores, whose income supports the program Redeemer partners with in its outreach ministry.

Larry’s greatest passion and commitment was to his family. He believed the strength of an individual comes from one’s family. Travels to see family, family trips, celebrations, and events were always of prime importance to him.

Larry is survived by his wife Jo (Atlanta), son Jeff and wife Sharon (Clarkesville, GA), and daughter Julie McClellan and husband Dudley (Austin, TX). His grandchildren include Amber, Marlee, Kristin, Emily, Anna, and Audrey. Larry is also survived by his sisters, Roberta (Don) Karger, Sandy (Steve) Cox, brother, Richard Adams, and sister-in-law, Jane Holt, as well as many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Elfreda Adams, and brother Dean Adams.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that memorials be given in Larry’s name to Redeeming Grace; c/o Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer; 731 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 2pm.

H.M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home – Oglethorpe Hill Chapel in Atlanta is in charge of arrangements.

Online guestbook at


  • Visitation Thursday, July 31, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 1, 2014

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August 5, 2014

Jo and family,
You are in my thoughts and heart. The memories are special.
Jan Breiland (Thief River Falls, MN)

Roxanne (Adams) Holst

August 2, 2014

Uncle Larry was a wonderful reminder of my dad Dean Adams (Larry's younger brother). I would look at Larry and see my dad imagining what he would have looked like as he aged. I loved listening to Larry's stories and hearing his laugh. He was a very knowledgeable man with a passion for life. I loved him dearly. Love and hugs to Jo, Jeff and Julie and their families.

Roxanne (Adams) Holst

August 2, 2014

Uncle Larry was a wonderful reminder of my father Dean Adams, Larry's younger brother. When I looked at Larry I could imagine what my dad would have looked like... I enjoyed listening to his stories and listening to his laugh. Larry was such a knowledgeable man with a passion for life. I loved him dearly.

Jan Strand

August 2, 2014

Jo and family.... You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories!

Rachelle Kern

August 1, 2014

Larry is my Uncle and I have soooo many memories of him and Jo Jeff and Julie. The family reunions at the farm in Verndale staying up late and visiting and all the horse back riding! Larry reminded me of my dad Dean, his younger brother so much it was like having my dad around when Larry was home. Thank You Uncle Larry for all the great times and wonderful memories you helped us create over the years, I love you and will miss you dearly!!! Love your Niece Rachelle

Jonathan Sard

August 1, 2014

Larry will be greatly missed. I am so happy to have met him years ago and had the opportunity to spend time with him. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Adams Family.

Geri Laufer

July 31, 2014

I am saddened to learn that this world is a bit less kind with the departure of Larry Adams. I met him as a New Member of the Azalea Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society in Atlanta. Whenever we had a raffle at a Chapter meeting, Larry would wink and give me the small plants he won. He told me about the massive native azaleas he had moved from his longtime home off of Lenox Road to their new home. Larry always organized carpools to meetings from the N. Decatur area. What a sweet man! He will be missed. Geri Laufer

Charlie Andrews

July 31, 2014

Longfellow said it well:

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time

Footprints that perhaps another
Sailing o'er life solemn main
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Azalea Chapter, American Rhododendron Society

Annie A

July 30, 2014

To the Adams Family
May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
Psalm 145:18

Ken & Delores Gohring

July 30, 2014

Larry had those qualities that we admire in people. We only knew him through the Azalea Chapter but that was enough to know that he was a sincere and faithful friend. We will miss him and the good work that he did for the Chapter. May God bless Jo and the family.