Donald Newton Adams

December 22, 1936February 28, 2011

Donald N. Adams, 74, passed away on February 28 at Forsyth Hospital following complications from surgery. Don was born on December 22, 1936 in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He was preceded in death by his parents Zula and Sherwood Adams of Louisiana and by a son Donald of Winston-Salem.

Don was a family man. He loved having his extended family gather for holidays or dinner parties. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and is survived by his wife Michael; daughter Tracy and her husband John DeBenedictis of Winston-Salem; daughter Melea and her husband Rob Kreshok of Denver, Colorado; and grandchildren Neil King and his wife Julie of New York, Fielding King of Winston-Salem, Jordan Kreshok of Denver, Colorado. Troy Bernhagen of Germanton, NC.

Don attended high school in Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana College. He began his career in advertising in Nashville and then in Raleigh. In the early 1970’s Don joined long Haymes and Carr Advertising in Winston-Salem and became CEO in 1987. He remained in that position after the company was acquired by The Interpublic Group of New York in 1991. Don retired in 1995 shortly before the merged agency became Mullen Advertising. Don’s background as an art director, then as agency executive allow the firm to create many outstanding campaigns and the agency was named the Agency of the Year twice under Don’s leadership. He was active in many community affairs and served on the advisory boards of several nonprofit and for profit organizations such as Babcock School Board of Visitors and ISP Advisory Board, and had been a member of the downtown Rotary.

After retiring, Don returned to his artistic interests and received a Masters Degree in sculpting from UNCG. He loved to paint, was an excellent woodworker, furniture builder, photographer and his sense of style and design was always evident in his work. For many years Don was an avid golfer at Forsyth Country Club and enjoyed traveling both for golf and artistic interests.

Don will be remembered by his many friends from all works of life as a caring person who always had a kind word for everyone and made a friend of all he met.

A Memorial Funeral Service, Celebrating the Life of Donald N. Adams, will be held on Saturday (3/5) 3:00 PM at the Vogler Funeral Home Reynolda Chapel, A Dignity Memorial Provider, 2951 Reynolda Road (336-772-6106). Family and friends will visit at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until service time.

Family prefers no flowers and suggest memorial contributions to AIDS Care Services, P.O. Box 21373, Winston-Salem, NC 27120 (336-777-0116).

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Mitch Laurance

August 20, 2011

Don was a wonderful friend and a giving, sharing man. I just found out about his passing and my wife Ewa and I send love and our warmest regards to his family.....My memories of Don and Michael, all of them, bring a smile to my heart.

March 15, 2011

Dear Tracy and John,
We are so sorry to hear about Don.I'll never forget sharing his cigars with him and his loving,kind ways.You are in our prayers. with love,Stasia and Victor

R. DAVID Shows

March 13, 2011

A good friend with whom I played a little football back in the 50's. We both attended Superior Ave Baptist Church in Bogalusa; where his Mother was very active in all aspects of the church life.

I did not know what had happened to him after he left Bogalusa, but I did know that he had moved to the Pineville-Alexandria area. He was a good friend and I missed him and wondered where he was and what had happened to him. I sure wish that I could have touched base with him in the last sixty years or so.

Suffice it to say, my prayers are with his wife and family. It is comforting to know that we will all see him and his sweet Mother again some day.

I am going to try to send a picture of the Bogalusa High School Junior Jacks of 1951. He is standing on the back row, third player from the left (68) and I am fifth player from the left on the back row (67).

A good man and good friend gone, but never forgotten

Bobbie Lowder

March 11, 2011

Tracy, Michael and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You all will be in my thoughts and prayes.

Betty Steele

March 10, 2011

Dear Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy. I had the pleasure of working with Don at LHC and he was always such a gentleman. His wonderful smile will be missed by many.

Gwen Pardue

March 9, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a gentleman and a dear person to all.

Jan Adams

March 6, 2011

Michael and the rest of Don's Family.
I was shocked and saddened to read about Don's Passing in the Bogalusa Paper this morning. Don is my second Cousin and has Visited with My wife Valette and I in recent years. We thoroughly enjoyed his visit and having the opportunity to hear about his family and to relive old times together. I will miss Don and knowing how much his family meant to him and he to them, I know he will be greatly missed up there as well. Don and I both did a litte art work, Mine not nearly as outstanding as his but it gave us a lot in common.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all and knowing how I feel his loss I cannot imagine where all of you are.
Please take care of each other and If you need to get me. give me a call or send me an email.

Jan Adams

Karla Wilcox

March 5, 2011

Don Adams was a wonderful, kind, generous loving man. His beautiful family is a wonderful legacy. He leaves a large space in all our lives and he is dearly missed.

Jim & Tammy Webster

March 4, 2011

Jim and I ran into Don a while back at a dinner party and were able to catch up. He was, as he always had been, kind and gracious. Such a gentle spirit who loved and enjoyed life. A true southern gentleman. He will be missed. Our prayers are with Don's family.

Juliana Cobb

March 4, 2011

I was privileged to work for Don in the 90s at LHC. He was truly suave and sophisticated and such a gentleman. What a gift it was to be able to visit with him this past December. His wit and charm had deepened with age, and I will treasure the memory of that visit always. My deepest condolences to Don's family.