James William Adams

March 22, 1921January 22, 2012

James William Adams was born on March 22, 1921 in Swifton, Arkansas to Noah Edward and Ida Mallow Adams. He grew up as a cotton farmer plowing the fields for his father. He left Arkansas to join the Army and served in WWII from August 1942 – December 1945. He traveled with the 194th Field Artillery Group through Italy, Germany, and Austria and earned several decorations including: 5 Bronze Service Stars, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and WWII Victory Medal. He is survived by his “beautiful bride of 62 years”, Virgie Adams; 4 children: Judy McVay, Linda Eloi and husband Lloyd, Wayne Adams and wife Leslie; numerous nieces and nephews and THE METRO DINER. He also enjoyed spending time with his 6 grandchildren; April Whalen, Jason Bailey, Ben McGlaun, Darby McVay, Heather Adams and Noah Adams and his great grandson, Andrew Whalen. James began his long food services career with the Toddle House Corporation before founding his own company, Metro Food Shops, Inc.. He opened the first Metro Diner in Preston Center in 1963 and operated as many as 14 restaurants during the next 30 years. He continued to stay involved in an advisory role for Metro Diner working with his son until 2011. Visitation will be held 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday at Sparkman/Hillcrest. Funeral services 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Hwy. Chapel Interment to follow Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please support the Veterans of Foreign Wars in his honor.


  • Visitation Monday, January 23, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Kevin Rosser

February 4, 2012

Our sincere commiserations go out to Virgie and the whole Adams family. May James rest in peace. As a close childhood friend of Wayne, I remember many things about his father. He was a dedicated father, husband and businessman who had a strong work ethic who built a now legendary diner chain and a great sense of humor. He always gave me a hard time in the most sincere and funny ways which I always appreciated. He will certainly be missed, but leaves behind a lovely family and Dallas business legacy.

Carol Montgomery

January 24, 2012

My girls and I have been blessed to live next to Jim and Virgie Adams for the past few years. Jim always had a smile, a "guardian angel" pin and a candy bar to share (which he did often). We will miss him greatly. Virgie, may God's grace and love surround you and your family now and through the days ahead. Much love to you all!

Jimmie Jones

January 24, 2012

My condolences to the Adams family. Mr. Adams will be missed.

January 23, 2012

I offer the Adams family my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one and pray that the "God of all comfort" will be with you in this time of sadness. Your husband/father will surely be missed.

Deepest Sympathy

January 23, 2012

I have known Jim Adams, as a friend and business associate for over 25 years. Not a finer man has walked this earth and been more giving to family, country and friends than James W. Adams. I will miss him and all the great conversations we have enjoyed through the years. With love and admiration, Pam Burdine

Gene McCutchin

January 23, 2012

My condolences to the family. Mr. Adams was a great man. You are in my prayers.

Cindy Mills

January 23, 2012

Uncle Jimmy was an amazing person who I truly admired. Aunt Virgie, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him very much. It's amazing you were married 62 years. That is awesome! I love you and please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. You both will always be in my heart. Judy, Linda, and Wayne, I pray for peace and comfort for each of you and your families. It is not easy losing a parent, I know you will miss your dad so much. He was a wonderful man. Always know that I love you all and you will always be special to me. Uncle Jimmy had a beautiful smile. Cherish those memories forever

Barbie Clay

January 23, 2012

Mr.Jimmy was a very fine man and will be missed tremendously by not only his family, but also all the lives that he has touched. Momma Virgie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family at this time. Heaven is a much brighter place with Mr. Jimmy there. One sweet day, ya'll will join each other in sweet harmony and walk those Heavenly streets together arm in arm.

Cheryl Pucci

January 23, 2012

Our love and prayers are with the Adams Family. Thank You JW for being part of our lives. We will always remember you in our hearts.
Rick, Cheryl, Andrei, & Juls.

lucy mcbride

January 23, 2012

PAPA ADAMS you will be missed by alot, and loved by many. We will talk of you for years. You were blessed to love Virgie for so many years, if only we could have learn the secert you two hold. You taught me alot .THANK YOU! I'll miss you voice saying-- 'you know Lucy'--My prayers are with the family. THANK YOU PAPA., Love Lucy