Joseph Mitchell Adams

May 13, 1954April 4, 2021

Joseph Mitchell Adams, 66 of Shallotte died Sunday, April 4, 2021 at his home.

Mr. Adams was born May 13, 1954 in Lumberton, North Carolina, son of the late James Adams and Dixie Ivey Barrington. He had an extensive career in law enforcement that spanned over thirty-three years. In 1978 until 1984, he was an officer with Lumberton Police Department. He began working with Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 and worked for several years until beginning to work in 1995 with Sunset Beach Police Department. After twenty-two years, he retired from Sunset Beach where he had served as the Deputy Police Chief. In his spare time he enjoyed working with his hands making crafts and participating in many local craft shows.

Survivors include his wife of twenty-six years Eileen Adams of Shallotte; children, David Adams and wife Kimborli of Supply, Richard Adams and wife Angie of Fairmont, Jennifer Cox and husband Terry of Shallotte, Anna Dale and husband Jody of Supply, Lisa Potter of Shallotte, Joseph Adams and wife Summer of Shallotte, Christine Heintz and husband Brett of Ash, Michael Adams and wife Michelle of Ash, and Michelle Adams; brother, Jamie Adams and wife Gail of Wilmington; sisters, Nancy Coble and husband Ted of Charlotte and Mary Jones and husband Bob of Lumberton; and 13 grandchildren.

Because of the current health conditions, no services are planned at this time.

You may offer online condolences at

White Funeral and Cremation Service, 3660 Express Drive, Shallotte, North Carolina.


  • Because of the current health conditions, no services are planned at this time.


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Shelton Hill

April 8, 2021

Joey was a true friend and I always enjoyed spending time with him. I certainly do appreciate the great times and conversations I had with him. Wishing God's peace, rest, and comfort to the family.

Gail & Earl Hoffman

April 6, 2021

Earl & I are going to miss seeing Joey at the coast. We always looked him up while we were at the beach to see how he was doing until his declining health. Rest in peace our friend after your long health battle & may your family find peace & comfort knowing you are in God's arms now.

Burnis Wilkins

April 6, 2021

I have had the pleasure of knowing Joey for decades and worked with him on several occasions. A great guy and public servant that dedicated his life to serving others. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Sheriff Burnis Wilkins
Robeson County, NC

Lawrence Ivey

April 5, 2021

Joey has been a significant person to me my entire life. I offer my hope to the Family that you find comfort in how he touched so many lives and rarely asked for anything for himself and instead sought to make the lives of those around him better and easier.

Tara Clemmons

April 5, 2021

Joey was a wonderful man with a big heart he had a contagious laugh and was loved by many may God give his family peace and comfort in the days ahead