James A. Adams

July 25, 1924April 7, 2012

James Adams, 87, passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2012. He was born in Baltimore, MD and was a resident of Gloucester for eight years. John was a 23-year veteran of the US Air Force and served both in WWII and the Korean War. He retired after 20 years with the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, and was a longtime employee of the Deer Run Golf Course.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Betty) and daughter, Peggy. He is survived by his daughters, Donna Adams Nance and husband, Charles, and Mary Adams Williams and husband, Joseph Sr.; grandchildren, CDR Rachael Nance Dempsey, USN, and husband, Jack, Major in USMC, Kristie Lassiter Coleman, Capt. Elizabeth Williams Cramer, USAF and husband, Robert, and Joseph Williams Jr. and fiancée Dana Henry; Great-Grandchildren, Kaleb Barefoot, Gracie Dempsey, Mary Elizabeth Cramer, Jack Dempsey and Caroline Eva Cramer; and sister, Alice Bell of Raleigh, NC.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, April 11 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 12 at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave. in Hampton, 23666.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 11, 2012
  • Graveside Service Thursday, April 12, 2012

James A. Adams

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mary williams

May 8, 2012

I will always love you and miss you. My best friend.

Carolyn Payne

April 14, 2012

We will all miss "Adams" he was so much fun to work with. Even though he had the persona of a "Bull Dog" he was such a puppy! He was always so kind to everyone. He worked for my Dad in the Air Force then John and myself worked with him at Ole DMV in Hpt. and NN John kept up with him at the NNGCourse. We thought a lot of your dad and knew Peggy fairly well back in the 70's.

Pat Quinn

April 11, 2012

I enjoyed working with Mr Adams at the Newport News DMV. He was just a pleasure to be around. My prayers and thoughts to the family.

Lorna Ozment

April 11, 2012

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I worked with him at DMV until he retired and spoke with him often when he would stop by to visit at work. He will be truly missed by his DMV family. We all had lots of good times. My thoughts are with your family.

Lesley Moore

April 11, 2012

Jimmy is my grandmother's (Alice) brother, whom I only had the opportunity to meet once when his granddaughter was married here on the Outer Banks a few years ago. I had a wonderful time getting to know him and hearing his stories. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the family.

Allen Farabee

April 10, 2012

I am so sorry to read about your father's death today...He was a wonderful person to have known and worked beside. You know, I reckonized his picture first...My thoughts and prayers are with you...

Yolandra Curry-Webster

April 10, 2012

Peace and Blessing to you and your family, I pray you take comfort in knowing you did all you could to keep him happy and safe in his final days Please know you are blessed for that!


Don & Linda Turner

April 10, 2012

"Mary. our deepest sympathy on your loss.
James was a good friend.neighbor,and brother in arms. i will miss the phone calls we shared.
How very proud he was of all his family.

Don & Linda Turner (hampton Va.

Morgan Lewis

April 10, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May knowing that he is in a far better place bring you peace. Morgan

Chaplain Richard Reuer

April 10, 2012

I wish to extend to you and to members of your family my deepest sympathy on your loss. May the Lord's loving promises comfort you and give you strength as you walk through this difficult time. On behalf of a greatful nation as an expression of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service rendered by your loved one. "Honoring Those Who Served-Ministry“ -Chaplain Richard Reuer, 1206 6th St SW, Minot, ND 58701. (If you wish a personalized sympathy card mailed to you with information on military funeral honors please email me your address and I will be happy to mail one to you.)