John Carter (Jay) Adams Jr.
1936 - 2019
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John (Jay) Carter Adams, Jr.
1936 - 2019
On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, Jay Adams, the loving husband of Leila Johnson Adams, father of Julie Adams Rand and Ruthie Pickett, father-in-law of King Pickett, and grandfather of Caroline Carter Rand, Leila Elizabeth Pickett, and Carly Crafts Pickett, passed away peacefully in Daytona Beach at the age of 83. He is remembered fondly by his family, friends, colleagues, and fellow community ambassadors as a visionary leader for our area, and a mentor to those who pride themselves on demonstrating hard work, a love for family, the highest ideals, and a tremendous passion for community endeavors. Jay adored his wife, children, son-in-law, and grandchildren, and served actively on the boards of directors of the grandchildren's respective schools as they were growing up, in addition to never missing any opportunity to attend sporting events, recitals or other important events in their lives. A native Floridian, Jay Adams was born the son of John Carter Adams and Anna Katharine Beall Adams in Williston, Florida, in 1936. His family moved to Daytona Beach in 1939, where he spent his childhood and where he lived through high school. A graduate of Seabreeze High School, Jay earned his B.S. in business administration, with a major in insurance, from the University of Florida. Jay was a valued member of St. James Episcopal Church and a vestry member for many years, Jay was heavily involved in fundraising and governance for St. James Episcopal Church and School, as well as Father Lopez High School, which his children and grandchildren attended. Perhaps his strongest commitment to the community was his support for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which dates to the school's arrival in Daytona Beach in 1965. As a member of the Committee of 100, the original committee responsible for bringing the University to Daytona Beach, Jay was one of the members to seek the eventual move of ERAU to Daytona Beach. Jay went on to serve on the board of directors of Embry-Riddle for 41 years - the longest tenure of anyone to serve - and later became named an Emeritus Member of the Board. He chaired the development committee and served on the academic and executive committees. As a trustee, he led the university's major capital campaigns that funded the construction of the ICI Center, the University Sports Complex and the Crotty Tennis Complex. Adams Hall, a residence hall on campus, is named in his honor. He received an honorary Doctorate degree in humane letters from ERAU in recognition of the instrumental nature of his involvement into the University's growth and success. Jay was predeceased by his mother and father and recently lost his brother William C. Adams on April 7, 2017. His brother, Guy B. Adams, is retired and resides in Missouri. Arrangements and services are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home, Ormond Beach. The Memorial Service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 38 South Halifax Drive, in Ormond Beach, Florida, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 17, 2019. A reception will immediately follow the service at the Henderson Center at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1 Aerospace Boulevard, Daytona Beach, Florida). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jay's honor may be made to the Jay and Leila Adams Family Athletic Endowed Scholarship via a link online at or mailed by check to ERAU – Office of Philanthropy, 1 Aerospace Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. Arrangements are under the care of Lohman Funeral Home Ormond Beach. Condolences for the family may be shared at

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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Aug. 9 to Aug. 15, 2019.
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August 19, 2019
Randy Rogers
August 16, 2019
My thoughts and prayers to Jay's family. I feel honored to have worked with and known Jay for many years.
Carol Smith
August 15, 2019
Kathi DeVore
August 12, 2019
Jay Adams was an outstanding individual. We both attended Lenox Elementary School and Seabreeze High School. I send his family my prayers, sympathy, and love. Although I am unable to attend the service, my thoughts and prayers will be with the family. We are all proud of what Jay accomplished in his lifetime
Mary Anne Jackson-Trumbull
August 11, 2019
Missing Jay today but wishing his family peace and comfort!
Kelly Ferguson
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