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Newport, TN - Jerry Keith Adams, age 66, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital after a lifelong battle with kidney disease. He resided in Newport, TN since 2002 with his wife, Cynthia J. King. Jerry is the son of Garland Adams and the late Lula (Leake) Adams of Marshall, NC. His two children, also of Madison County, NC are daughter, Lucinda Adams, son, Samuel Adams and daughter-in-law, Holly Chandley Adams. His grandchildren are Sammy Adams, Jackson Adams, and Asher Blankenship. His former wife is Katherine Wallin Adams. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Thomas King of Franklin, TN, and sisters-in-law, Elizabeth King and Amy Higginbotham, both of Gastonia, NC.
After graduating from Mars Hill College and the University of Georgia's School of Pharmacy, Jerry worked as a pharmacist for over 35 years. He was a talented two-finger banjo picker in the Old Time tradition and was recognized in the region of western North Carolina as a leader in preserving traditional mountain music.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Madison Funeral Home 1750 Hwy. 213, Marshall, NC. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The
(www.kidney.org) or the Madison County Arts Council (www.madisoncountyarts.com). Brown Funeral Home is honored to serve the Adams Family.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 26, 2013