Mr. James Vanderbilt Adams, 82, Gadsden, went to celebrate Jesus' birthday, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. A chapel service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday with the Revs. Mark Gidley and J.B. Wells officiating.
Mr. Adams worked for the city of Gadsden over the Sanitation Department for 30 years and after his retirement worked 18 years as a security guard for various agencies. He also served his country in World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Rosa Lee Adams; sisters, Florence Ann Lairemore, Willie Dean Bayne and Sarah Virginia "Jean" Jones; and brother, John Lewis Adams.
He is survived by his loving and very caring wife of 62 years, Lillie Mae Adams; brother, Billy Joe (Jane) Adams; best friend, "Lucy Baby," his Chihuahua whom he loved dearly; and although he had no children, he had many nieces, nephews, children of friends and children in the neighborhood who he treated with love and kindness.
Nephews of Mr. Adams will be serving as pallbearers.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Marian Giamalva, who was like a daughter who called him "Pops," for the many things she has done for us. Another special thanks to Brad Atchley who has been a very special friend and also Mary Rector. Thanks to everyone who has helped out in any way during Mr. Adams' illness, especially Billy and Jane Adams, Dot and Benny Battles and Sandy Nelson.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Webb Sledge and his office staff for their heartfelt care of Mr. Adams over the years. Thank you to the nurses and staff on the fifth floor, as well as the dietary and respiratory departments, at Riverview Regional Medical Center.
The family will receive friends from noon until service time Sunday at Collier-Butler. Collier-Butler Funeral Home and Cremation Services directing.