Alva Mae Murray Adams

January 9, 1922November 8, 2011

Alva Mae Adams, 89, passed away on Tuesday evening, November 8, 2011. Born in Nash County, NC; she was one of ten children of William Albert Murray and Mary Autney Morgan Murray. Alva Mae retired from Kerr Drug as a Pharmacy Assistant and was also a private nanny.

She is survived by her children: Pamelia Matthews and husband Dan, of Raleigh, Kirk Adams and wife Amy, of Raleigh and Kelly Adams and husband Michael Voors, of Winterville, NC; grandchildren, Joseph Matthews, Jr. and wife Christy, Byron Matthews and wife Martha, Julie Cowan, Jeni Lowrance and Ben Grant; great-grandchildren: Abigail, Elysia, Paul, Victoria, Kayleigh, Cameron, Karsyn and Mary Kathryn; and by numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Alva Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm Byron Adams; six brothers, two sisters and an infant sister; and by a grandson-in-law, Doug Cowan.

Visitation will be held on Saturday afternoon, November 12, 2011 from 2-3 PM at Mitchell Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 3 PM, with interment to follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Saturday, November 12, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 12, 2011

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November 16, 2011

To all of Mae's family-

Visiting Raleigh will never be the same again without seeing Mae. We enjoyed each other's company so much in the 6 years I lived in NC. Sometimes we laughed so hard about all my happenings, ect. that I thought she'd have a heart attack! She loved for me to fix her hair and just drop in when I stayed in her appartment.

I'm glad she isn't suffering now and I know she is in goods hands. I hope she meets my Dad up there and they can compare stories about me and laugh some more!

I hope all of you are doing well and again accept my heartfelt sympathy.

Much love to all,

Kathy Hendricks

Bob and Mari Adams

November 12, 2011

Our sincere condolences. Her recent pictures bring back positive memories of a very gentle and considerate person as I knew her.

November 11, 2011

Kelly, Jennie & Ben,
Just wanted to let you know what a "special lady" your mom/grandmother was every time we met her! I'm sorry we are not able to be with you. However, you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sam & Kathy

Joe and Mary Voors

November 11, 2011

Kelly, we are so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. You were blessed to have a Mom that was so spirited and active for most of her later years. Michael spoke about many big breakfasts she would fix during visits...even in recent years. We will be thinking of you and keeping all of your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

November 11, 2011

Guila Adams-Armstrong

November 10, 2011

Dear family:

So sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Lots of love and prayers go out to you all.

The Adams cousins

byron matthews

November 10, 2011

we love you, granny. we remember your homemade snake biscuits - nobody could make biscuits and love me like you. I still use your phrase with my kids: "you're gonna draw back a nub!" and thanks for always giving us cereal before bedtime. we look forward to seeing you again one day in heaven.

Janice Murray Mills

November 10, 2011

I remember so vividly Mae's sweet smile and calm voice. She loved her family dearly and always enjoyed so much the Murray reunions. May the Lord comfort you in this time of sorrow.

William & Liz Lowrance

November 10, 2011

Kelly, Jeni and family,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. She left you'll with some beautiful memories, we are sure.
She was a delightful lady and we are glad we got to know her. Mom always enjoyed talking with her when she came with us to visit.

Sheila Perkins

November 10, 2011

Kirk and Amy,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. You both are in our thoughts and prayers.
All our love,
Sheila and David