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Marshall ADAMS

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ADAMS, Marshall MARSHALL ELLIOTT ADAMS Marshall Elliott Adams, age 87, a retired senior executive with General Electric and a U.S. Navy veteran, died at his residence in Birmingham on October 22, 2013. A native of New Orleans, Marshall also lived in Philadelphia, Chattanooga, Houston, Atlanta, and Hartwell, GA during his 36-year career with GE and his long retirement. Marshall is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Anne Radford Adams of Birmingham; his children: Palmer Lynn Mitroff (Jack) of New Boston, NH, Marshanne Adams of Homewood, AL, and Heidt Elliott Adams (Paige) of Gainesville, GA; his grandchildren: Rebecca Elliott Vandenberg, Samantha Elliott Echols, Palmer Scott Adams, and Jessie Dean Adams; and his brothers: Samuel Tustin Adams and Nixon Arnall Adams (Elizabeth Marshall), both of Mandeville, LA. Marshall was a member of the Greatest Generation, leaving his studies as a sophomore at Tulane University, and, as he was underage, obtaining his parents' permission to enlist in the Navy. He was one of the first trained in the then new radar technology and served in the invasion fleet that pushed across the Pacific and stood offshore Japan at war's end. Following his discharge, he completed his Electrical Engineering degree at Emory University in Atlanta and went on to his long, successful career with GE. In the many places that he called home over the years, he was also an active participant in diverse community activities, staying deeply involved in the work of groups such as GE's Elfun Society, Golden K Kiwanis Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, the Hartwell Community Theater, Seasoned Performers, and the Hart County Senior Center Pet Therapy group. In many ways, Marshall lived a dream life for one of his generation: a lifelong patriot who went off to war, returned to a successful career, raised and took great pride in his loving family, participated fully in community life, and immensely enjoyed life to the fullest. He was also, as he would have pointed out, "a hell of an engineer!" He will be missed, but fondly remembered, by all who knew him. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or The Seasoned Performers, 571 Park Ave., Hoover, AL 35226.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 24, 2013
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