George Raymond Adams
May 28, 1933 – July 8, 2018
George (Ray) Raymond Adams of Trussville, Alabama passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at the age of 85.
He was predeceased by his son, Jeffrey Raymond Adams.
Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 20 years, Dianne Betty Adams; Daughter, Rebecca Lea Adams; Son, Kenneth Richard Adams (girlfriend, Elner Melvin); his loving step-children, Cynthia (Jim) Clark, Mark Schaefer, David (Anna Marie) Schaefer; Grandchildren, Jacob Schaefer, Dakoda Clark, Kyle Schaefer, Hailey Garcia, Caleb Schaefer, Gabriella (Gabby) Garcia, and Arielle Schaefer. Also surviving George are his very special family members, Katherine and Joe Jones.
George was a self-made man who, out of necessity, dropped out of high school and became a welder in Detroit, Michigan. After serving in the Army, he worked for the Birmingham Post Office while attending and graduating from Birmingham Southern College. He graduated with a MBA degree from the University of Alabama. After working for the IRS, he passed the CPA Exam and joined the faculty at Jefferson State College as an instructor and later as the Business Division Chairman. He loved and respected his students, set high standards and worked hard to motivate them. Some of his students became CPA’s, college professors, and one a Treasurer of a major corporation. The students rewarded his dedication and affection by nominating him as Outstanding Instructor many times. George also had a CPA practice, from which he only retired a few years ago. Some of his clients were of three generations in a family.
George loved his church, The Church of the Holy Cross, and loved Nature. He felt that in working with Nature, he was working with God. He and his wife Dianne created a small botanical garden in the back yard, where they spent much time on their swing. He loved helping others, often anonymously. He loved traveling, ballroom dancing and playing cards with Dianne and friends. They travelled to many countries together and most of the states; although, George had been to all 50 states. He loved spending time with family and his grandchildren. He was very fond of being called Grandpa and will be missed by family and many friends.
Visitation for Mr. Adams will be at Ridout’s Trussville Chapel on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 1-4 pm with a funeral service on Sunday July 15, 2018 at 2:30 pm at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Trussville with burial to follow at Jefferson Memorial Gardens with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or Holy Cross Episcopal Church 90 Parkway Dr. Trussville, AL. 35173
- Visitation Saturday, July 14, 2018
- Funeral Service Sunday, July 15, 2018