Jimmy L. Adams December 7, 1939 - August 22, 2008 COLUMBUS, GA
Jimmy L. Adams, 68, of Columbus, GA. died Friday, August 22, 2008 at his home. Graveside funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. today, Saturday, August 23, 2008 in Parkhill Cemetery according to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Columbus, GA. the family will receive friends this afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A life lived so well ended sooner than hoped by all who knew him when Jimmy Lowell Adams lost his short, but courageous battle with cancer. Passing peacefully in his home in the early morning of Friday, August 22nd. He was born December 7, 1939, son of the late John Wesley Adams, Jr. and Lillian Louise Douglas Adams near Columbia, Alabama, where he lived until moving with his family to Columbus, Georgia at about age two. While attending Jordan Vocational High School where he graduated in 1957, Jimmy got his first job at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Newspaper Co. in circulation department, but later moved to the press room where he acquired an interest in printing that would later become his career. A more significant beginning, however, occurred when he met the person with whom he would share the remainder of his life, including fifty-one blessed years of marriage, Charlotte Ann Armstrong Adams. Immediately following his graduation, they were married in Phenix City, Alabama on June 7, 1957. The following year saw the birth of their daughter Cynthia Ann on July 23, 1958 and then in 1959 Jimmy began working with IBM, which led to the family moving to Atlanta where they spent the next ten years. On December 2, 1963, Ann gave birth to their son, Mark Alan, completing their family of four that would share so many joyous times together there, later in Maryland and Virginia where they moved with IBM and finally settling back in Columbus to open Edgewood Printing Service on their 14th wedding anniversary date, June 7th, 1971. The next 27 years brought much prosperity through the growth of their business and very special additions to their family. August 6th, 1979, marked the birth of Cindy's daughter Sheri Lyn and soon thereafter Tony Pitt came into their life and remained as a loving husband and father. On August 3, 1987, Mark's daughter, Alisa Brooke, was also born. The love Jimmy had for his grandchildren was equal to that of any parent. Away from work, the family remained very close, spending many weekends together at their cabin on Lake Harding and at their camper across from the beach in Panama City, Florida. Jimmy's retirement years were highlighted by the celebration of the golden anniversary of his marriage to Ann and the birth of his great-grandson by Brooke, Anthony Alan Lowell Garreau. Despite the seriousness of his eventual illness, Jimmy never lost his most loving smile, heart-felt concern for the well being of his family and the ever-present sense of humor with which he blessed his family over the years; all of which shall remain an endearing legacy of what a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather that he was and will always be in the hearts of those that miss him so much now. The family would like to express how grateful they are for the compassionate and attentive care that was given to Jimmy during his treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX and here in his home by the amazing people of Columbus Hospice.