Charlie Brooks Adams, 77, passed away February 23, 2012, in Decatur after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. He maintained his innate kindness and dry wit to the end and will be long remembered for the oft-quoted truisms he threw into conversation.
The family will receive friends and family at St. John's Episcopal Church (in the parlor), 202 Gordon Drive SE, Decatur, from 1 to 3 p.m. today. A private graveside service for family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. at Hopewell Cemetery in Hanceville.
Charlie was born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1934, but spent his formative years in Cullman. He showed early musical talent and quickly learned to play several instruments and sing as a child. As a music major at David Lipscomb College in Nashville, he learned to play all of the instruments in the orchestra and directed both band and theater productions. Upon graduation, he became the assistant band director at Cullman High, a position he held for several years.
Charlie served in the Air National Guard as a medic in Dreux, France, during the Berlin Wall crisis. He purchased the Dairy Queen in Decatur around this time and became well known in the local community as The D.Q. Man. His store was frequently ranked among the best in the state. Charlie ran the store for nearly 35 years and retired due to ill health.
Many will remember Charlie for his avid interest in music, travel, photography and motorcycling, preferably in one combination or another. He also believed in service to others, and made several medical missionary trips to Bolivia to provide dental and medical care to villagers there. As a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, he taught Sunday school, served on several committees, sang in the choir and served on the Vestry.
Mr. Adams was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Carl and Esther Fanning Adams. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Murphy Adams; his children, Brooks Taylor Adams (Carol Copeland) and Carol Ruth Adams (John Cunniff); and three grandchildren, Elizabeth Adams Cunniff, Noah Brooks Adams and Rebecca Claire Adams.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the National M.S. Society.
This obituary was originally published in the Decatur Daily.