James Wayne Adams Jr.

July 21, 1965July 14, 2021

CREVE COEUR ~ James “Jay” Wayne Adams, Jr., 55, of Byhalia, Mississippi, passed away at 10:34 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at his residence. He was formerly of Creve Coeur.

He was born July 21, 1965 in Peoria to James Wayne, Sr. and Betty Sue (Gurgett) Adams. His parents preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Opal Adams and Orvon and Helen Grugett.

Surviving are one daughter, Amanda Adams of Tremont; one son, Jonathan of Tremont and one sister, Kelly Adams of Creve Coeur.

Jay was a volunteer firefighter for the Village of Creve Coeur Fire Department, where he was an engineer for many years and had taken EMT classes at Illinois Central College in East Peoria.

He had worked for the Street Department for the Village of Creve Coeur for five years. Jay enjoyed fishing and working on cars.

His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin. The Rev. Dwight Winnett will officiate. There will be no visitation.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 604 Groveland Street, Creve Coeur, Illinois 61610 or to the Creve Coeur Fire Department, 203 Wagner Drive, Creve Coeur, Illinois 61610.

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