Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - Columbus

4071 Macon Road, Columbus, GA


Dr. William E. Adams, Sr.

June 9, 1949December 2, 2019

William Earl Adams, M.D. was born in Phenix City on June 9, 1945. The second son of William Barney Adams and Frances Blackmon Adams. Dr. Adams was born with a congenital heart defect that led to open heart surgery in the early 1950’s. From that point forward, he knew what he wanted to do with his life. After graduating from Central High School, Dr. Adams attended the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and continued on to medical school at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

While in medical school, he met Sharon Blount, who was a nurse at University Hospital, and they married on November 22, 1969. During his initial residency, Bill, Jr., the first of their three sons, was born. Clayton, their second son, followed during post-graduate training in Richmond, Virginia. After completing his neurosurgical training, Dr. Adams and his family returned home to Chattahoochee Valley in 1975, and shortly thereafter, Dr. Adams and Sharon welcomed their third son, John, in 1976. For the next four decades, Dr. Adams cared for thousands of patients from throughout southwest Georgia and southeast Alabama, fulfilling the vision he had as a little boy. He often said that he had lived through his own surgery so that he could help others.

In caring for his patients, Dr. Adams held himself to high standards and demanded the same from those who assisted him. When not at the hospital, Dr. Adams could always be found at his sons’ athletic events, prowling the sidelines or the mats, usually chewing on a cigar. Of all of his accomplishments, he was proudest of his sons and did not miss an opportunity to advise anyone of their latest achievements or escapades throughout high school, college and beyond.

In retirement, Dr. Adams left it all behind and went fishing. Doc, as he became known and Sharon spent their days on the Gulf, enjoying time together and with their many beloved friends at Alligator Point. Immersing himself in all things in Franklin and Wakulla Counties, Doc soon found himself a proud member of the Wakulla County, Florida Lodge of the Loyal Order of the Moose, which attracted him through its many good deeds in the community. Dr. Adams is survived by Sharon, his beloved wife of 50 years, his sons Bill [Claudia], Clayton [Jennifer], and John [Angie] and his seven grandchildren Sara Frances, Charlotte, Annie, Allison, William, Clayton, Jr. and Lauren.

A viewing will be held at Striffler-Hamby 4071 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia 31907 from 10:00 am through noon on December 4, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to MercyMed, 3702 2nd Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31904 or the Wakulla County Moose Lodge 2510, 44 Jer-Be-Lou Boulevard, Panacea, Florida 32346, or Koart Academy at First Baptist Church of Columbus 212 12th Street Columbus, GA31901. All these organizations provide amazing services to their communities and Doc would be thankful for your support of their missions.


  • William Barney Adams, Father (deceased)
  • Frances Blackmon Adams, Mother (deceased)
  • Sharon Adams, Wife of 50 Years
  • Bill Adams (Claudia), Son
  • Clayton Adams (Jennifer), Son
  • John Adams (Angie), Son
  • Sara Frances Adams, Grandchild
  • Charlotte Adams, Grandchild
  • Annie Adams, Grandchild
  • Allison Adams, Grandchild
  • William Adams, Grandchild
  • Clayton. Adams, Jr, Grandchild
  • Lauren Adams, Grandchild

  • MercyMed
  • Wakilla County Moose Lodge 2510
  • Koart Academy at First Baptist Church of Columbus


  • Visitation for Family & Friends Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Dr. William E. Adams, Sr.

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Gil Maulsby, MD

December 6, 2019

Whatever Bill was up against, he was ready and willing to take it on.
He won most of his battles.He always encouraged me. I miss him.

Gil Maulsby, MD

Sandra McCann

December 5, 2019


Martin and I have been away from Columbus for several weeks, but Sherry Wade wrote to tell us about Bill's death. We both practiced with him for many years and were saddened and surprised to hear this, as Martin had just seen him at Monday Cancer Conference a few weeks ago. You and your boys and families are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve.

Sandy McCann


December 5, 2019

So very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. I worked in the ER at Cobb Memorial Hospital and had many opportunities to work with Dr. Adams. My prayers for comfort for y'all.

Martha Dollar

December 4, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family in their time of sorrow. I worked with Dr.
Adams for many years in the radiology depts and in the operating room. He was a great surgeon who helped in the healing of many patients. He will surely be missed by so many. Love to Sharon and family!

Denise Parrish

December 4, 2019

Our hearts go out to the Adams family in the loss of "de Doc." While we were only around him a few times, we saw the impact he had on John, (my sister) Angie, (our nieces) Alli and Lauren. May you find comfort and strength in all the wonderful memories and in knowing he is now with the Great Physician! I wonder if they are comparing notes yet?!! Prayers and love from the Parrish Family - Denise, Robert, Hunter and Sam.

Belinda Long

December 4, 2019

He was a great man and a great influence in my life. I will truly miss Dr. Adams

larry morgan

December 3, 2019

Doc was simply the best supporter Brookstone wrestling ever had.He loved his sons and their accomplishments and all the Cougar wrestlers. I'll never forget the party in Armuchee when John won his fourth title.(and I'm glad I still had a job that Monday). Elaine and I mourn your loss but will always remember Doc and his cigar, cheering on the boys. Love from both of us. Coach and Momma Mo.

Jack Hall

December 3, 2019

I have known Dr. Adams since 1994 when he performed my first spine surgery. During the years that followed he had to perform 3 more spine surgeries and two neck surgeries due to spinal stenosis. We knew each other well and he had a great sense of humor. If not for Dr. Adams I would be in a wheelchair. I though the world of him and my prayers go out to all of his family and friends. He was a great man.

Nancy Bunton

December 3, 2019

A great doctor and a great person for me. We worked together for many years as nurse and doctor. Then he saved my life when I had a brain tumor and that relation became a different life style. We were always RTR and several times he called me to share different alumni things if he couldn't go. Many blessings to his family and a special blessing to Sharon, so glad you were able to share that 50th. My heart is heavy but God is busy going to find that special place for him so he won't tell someone just how it's going to beee. Love to all and many prayers, we are blessed to have him for many years on earth and he has touched so many. So glad I was one of the blessed one.
Tears, Nancy Bunton

Tom Walsh, MD

December 3, 2019

Dr. Adams and I were spine surgery partners at St. Francis the last several years. It was an honor to know him, work with him and learn from him. He spent decades going above and beyond the call of duty in caring for the neurosurgery needs of the citizens of the valley. He tended to emergencies 24/7, and treated everyone with warmth and humor. He had a brilliant medical mind matched only by his surgical skill and his wit. Bill was loved by his loyal office staff, OR nurses, ward nurses, and colleagues. I followed some of his patients after he retired, and it was clear how much they missed him. But most of all, it was obvious how much HE loved his precious family. His loss is deep. We will miss him.