Henry Adams
1934 - 2021
Henry Lee Adams

November 14, 1934 - October 15, 2021

Salt Lake City, Utah—Our wonderful father, brother and grandfather passed away on October 15, 2021. Born in Greenwood Mississippi to Eddie and Annie Adams, Henry was the second of four children. The family moved to Utah in 1942 in search of greater opportunities and education. Henry became the first African American to graduate at the University of Utah School of Law and went on to be the first African American Assistant Attorney General in the state of Utah. Henry married his high school sweetheart Jennie L. Davis in 1954 and together they raised four beautiful children in Bountiful, Utah. After a long career with Kennecott Copper, Henry and Jennie moved to New Mexico where he spent fourteen years as attorney and hearing judge with The Navajo Nation, returned to Utah upon retirement and continued to take cases pro-bono. Henry was know for his dashing good looks, beautiful smile, quick wit and desire to never stop learning. He will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie, son, Henry, sister Afesha Adams, brother Eddie Adams and two granddaughters. He is survived by his children Anthony Edward (Sheryl) Adams, Natalie Ann Adams and Karen (Jeffrey) Sisson, brother Charles (Ifoma) Adams, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held October 25th, 11am at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1090 S. State Street, SLC. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Eddie and Annie Adams Educational Foundation.
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Oct. 21 to Oct. 26, 2021.
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Celebration of Life
the Calvary Baptist Church
1090 S. State Street, SLC, UT
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Hank (as we called him) was one of my best friends in law school and we remained friends forever thereafter. I just learned he had passed away. I sent him an e-mail a few weeks ago to ask how he was doing. He will be missed.
Felshaw King
January 18, 2022
To my amazing Grandfather, the strongest man I know. I´m going to miss you so much. Give Hank and Grandma a hug for me. I love you Grandpa; `till we meet again.
Anthony Adams
October 24, 2021
I worked at Kennecott when Hank was there and I was a Union Rep. He was always calm and fair minded when it came to Company-Union matters! I admired him and wish his family and friends sincere condolences on his passing.
Terry Thomas
October 22, 2021
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