McLaurin Funeral Home & Pinecrest Memorial Park

12830 US 70 Business Hwy W, Clayton, NC


Jeffrey Lynn Adams

May 7, 1940July 30, 2020

Jeffrey Lynn Adams departed this life on July 30, 2020. Jeff was a man of deep faith, humility and generosity of spirit. Quick-witted and warm, he was devoted to his family, beloved late wife of 44 years, Miriam, and his church, Horne Memorial United Methodist Church.

Jeff was born on May 7, 1940 in Bentonville, North Carolina, to Gilbert and Sallie Adams. After graduating from Meadow School in 1958, he completed his associate's degree at Campbell College in 1960, a degree in Biology from Atlantic Christian College in 1962 and began teaching at Benson School. In 1966, he began his 25-year career at Clayton High School, teaching science and coaching basketball, football, baseball, cross country and golf. In 1976, Jeff lead the basketball team to win the NCHSAA 2A Championship. A former CHS principal described him as: "Above all, he exudes warmth and caring for students, which has earned him the respect and admiration of both students and colleagues...He is quiet but firm, disciplined yet flexible, straightforward yet patient, rational yet tolerant, stoic yet humorous, Christian yet human, and displays that unique insight into humanity that enables him to help the individual needs of his fellow man."

Jeff and the love of his life, Miriam, served the Clayton community as educators and leaders for over 50 years. With joy, faith and love, they worked as a team to raise their family and serve their church. They welcomed all into their home where they cooked, gardened and spent time in fellowship with the Lord.

Jeff leaves behind his adoring children, Cynthia (Randy), Tony (Paula) and Bryan (Kelli), brother, Charles (Eloise) and sister, Jean Williams, eight grandchildren, Adam, Graham, Maria, Alexandra, Grace, Ava, Robin and Diana, as well as a host of extended family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Jeff's memory to the Horne Memorial UMC Building Fund. If you would like to leave a message of condolence to the family, you may do so below within "add a memory".


  • Cynthia Ford (Randy), Daughter
  • Tony Adams (Paula), Son
  • Bryan Adams (Kelli), Son
  • Charles Adams (Eloise), Brother
  • Jean Williams, Sister
  • Adam Ford, Grandchild
  • Graham Ford, Granchild
  • Maria Adams, Granchild
  • Alexandra Adams, Grandchild
  • Grace Adams, Grandchild
  • Ava Adams, Granchild
  • Robin Adams, Grandchild
  • Diana Adams, Granchild
  • Miriam Adams, Wife (deceased)
  • Mr. Adams leaves behind a host of extended family members and friends to cherish his memory.

  • Tony Adams
  • Bryan Adams
  • Adam Ford
  • Graham Ford


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


Jeffrey Lynn Adams

have a memory or condolence to add?

Lori Lynch-Remmert

August 4, 2020

Tony, Cynthia, and Brian,

I have very fond memories of your Dad from my days at Clayton High School. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. Keep his memories close to your heart!


Jerry Mangum

August 4, 2020

Rip in peace Coach Adams from the Mangum’s family.

Greg Downs

August 4, 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss! My prayers and condolences.

Don Poole

August 4, 2020

Jeff Adams impacted my life tremendously as I grew up in Clayton from the junior high school years to high school graduation. He coached me as I played JV football and basketball at Clayton. He knew me as an individual. He knew my family situation, our poverty, and showed compassion but maintained firm expectations of me. He purchased the Converse basketball shoes that I wore to play basketball at Clayton. Mr. Jeff Adams...... a great man, teacher, and mentor. I will miss you coach.

JoAnn Batten Hardee

August 3, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with all the Adams family. He was such a kind and compasoniate man and a true family man.

Eric Montijo

August 3, 2020

Loving Husband that cared deeply for his wife. A regular visitor to our pharmacy, a real treat to interact with and take care of. It was not uncommon to have other customers come up and strike up conversations with. Will forever miss him. Sincerely,
Eric Montijo and staff at Beddingfield Drugs

Jesse Parrish

August 2, 2020

My wife and me are so sad to hear of Jeff’s passing, he taught Barbara in the 7th grade in benson and she and her classmates thought the world of Jeff. I have played many rounds of golf with Jeff and he was always the consummate gentleman. We always had conversations about basketball since that was my background as well. Jeff will be missed but know he is in heaven and no longer in pain. Jesse and Barbara Parrish

Frankie Medlin

August 2, 2020

Cynthia, Adam, Graham, Maria, I just learned of Mr Adams' death. Even though he wasn't that much older, I looked up to him in more than height. He was a great example for those his age and the many students and younger people whose lives he touched. It was always a pleasure to run into him anywhere. Graham, I believe you took lessons from him, as I see much of his nature in you. My prayers are with all of you as you go through another time of grief in your lives. God has richly blessed all of you and the rest of your family by having Jeff Adams as a father, grandfather or father-in-law. God be with all of you at this time.
Frankie Penny Medlin

Bob and Margaret Hunt Hunt

August 2, 2020

We worshiped with Jeff and Miriam at Horne. We just learned of his passing or would have been at the service. Margaret worked with Cynthia at Wake Med .what a great family!

Jeff Johnson

August 2, 2020

Coach Adams had a wonderful impact on my life. He coached me in Life, Football, Basketball, and Golf. We always managed to be winners under his leadership. For me , we were closest in Golf. He taught the game of life. I was able to tell him how much he meant to me in life, for that I am so grateful.

As the Obituary says, he was rigid but flexible. Such an influnece on me me, he was but in a quiet, but affirmative way. Always kind and available. The world is less without him.

To the family (I know many) : You were blessed by this mans presence. I lament this loss. I loved that man.