John Quincey Adams

October 18, 1936November 27, 2018

JOHN Q. ADAMS, 82, of Burke, VA, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Judith Starke Adams. He was born Oct. 18, 1936 in Durham, NC. He was the son of the late Charnie T. and Alpha E. Lewis Adams.

He worked in the printing profession for 60 years, starting his career as a printer’s apprentice with the VA Pilot Ledger-Star and retired from the U.S. Supreme Court Printing Office. He masterfully transitioned from hot lead type-set to advanced digital publishing. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.

He was a life-long passionate stamp collector, WWII enthusiast, and enjoyed touring the US, especially Tombstone, AZ.

He loved late night taco and 7-11 hot dog runs; the original Blues Brothers and Clark Griswold movies; organizing his stamps at the dining room table for hours on end; gardening; and Jennifer Lopez. He adored his furry daughter, Tori.

He was preceded in death by his parents, special aunt and uncle Hilda and Edgar Weaver, and brothers Charnie T., Norman Q., Melvin, and Daniel A. Adams. He is survived by his three children John Q. Adams II of Woodbridge, VA, David V. Adams (Twila) of Warrenton, VA, and Jean M. Fischer (Mike) of Oakland, TN; his brother James M. Adams (Linda) of Hendersonville, NC; aunts Beverly A. Lewis, Jane L. Dosher, Betty L. Potter, Ethel L. Jones (Mike) and Marie L. Strickland (Guy); cousin Lois Lewis; sisters-in-law Janet G. Adams, Polly S. Adams, Joy A. Peace, Peggy L. Wemyss, Frances S. Starke and Thelma A. Starke; grandchildren John Q. Adams III (Ashley), Brooke D. Brooks (Brandon), Benjamin E. Adams (Abby), Molly M. Adams and Madison L. Adams; great-grandchildren Lucas E. Adams and Sawyer R. Adams; and many additional cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the Heart Foundation at, or charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at a future date.


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Harold Pittman

December 8, 2018

John leaves fond memories of when we were growing up and our teenage adventures. The most valuable thing a person can leave behind is memories of good times and laughter.
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our best to you and your family.

wayne worthington

December 6, 2018

John was a good friend and buddy stamp collector. We enjoyed going over his WWII material. He had me searching for German WWII military postcards and when I found something we would sit together and identify and share all we could about the item. He was a positive guy and a lot of fun. I miss him and send my prayers to his family. Wayne