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JAMES SHERWOOD ADAMS An Altanta native, Jim was born on October 11, 1946 at Crawford W. Long Hospital to JoAnne LaVerne Paul and James Monroe Adams II. Jim was raised in DeKalb County and graduated from Cross Keys High School. He served his country in the United States Army in Vietnam. Honorably discharged and awarded for his bravery, he returned to Atlanta and graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Respess of Sandy Springs, his two children JoAnne Meghan and Sean Paul August Adams, of Suwanee, his sister Donna Adams Morgan of Lilburn, her two daughters Shana Lynn DeLuca and Helen Morgan Craig, and his two Aunts Jimmie Frances Davis of Chamblee and Marcia Paul Dillingham of Dunwoody. Jimmy was a dad first. His commitment to his children has been consistent, loving and enduring. His strong feeling about education prompted him to encourage Meghan and Sean to get their college degrees and maximize their full potential. He found the person whom he always said "saved him", the love and light of his life, Mary Lou Respess. Jimmy's basic need for public service created a solid foundation with Mary Lou's career service as a veteran police officer with Gwinnett County Government. They shared the kitchen, one a great baker, the other a great chef. Interested in fine art, great music and wonderful food, his many talents included a successful sales career in the import carpet, tile and crystal industries. He enjoyed deep sea fishing mostly for the thrill of the open sea, running and physical fitness and scholarly publications on history, new inventions and the Bible. A sensitive man, a philosopher and teacher at heart, he relished a lively debate on any topic and challenged everyone to be aware and know their facts. An aficionado of fine food, he prepared a meal that was perfect in its presentation and taste. He recruited, cajoled or drafted the entire family as his kitchen aides, and bottle washers. He was unique, loving, charming, mischievous, and determined to stay with us. We will love him always and miss his brilliant mind and smile. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday August 16, 2005 at the Grayson United Methodist Church. Dr. Phil Schroeder will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge in Nashville, Tenn. H.M. Patterson and Son Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring St. NW Atlanta, GA 30309. (404)876-1022.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Aug. 14 to Aug. 15, 2005