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Colonel William Adams, Jr (USAF Retired)

November 1, 1919 - October 18, 2017

WINTER PARK, FLORIDA – Louise (Blondie) Walker Adams, 95, passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014. Born in Ahoskie NC to Dr. Louis Kyle and Grace Stoneham Walker and educated at St. Mary’s Junior College, the University of North Carolina, and Duke University; Louise worked as a medical lab technician and researcher.

Colonel William (Bill) Adams, Jr., 97, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. He was born November 1, 1919, to William and Emily Edwards Adams in Surry, VA.

Bill attended Fork Union Military Academy, Wake Forest University and then joined the Army Air Corps.  He went to Primary Flight School in 1941, was commissioned in 1942, and retired from the USAF as a Colonel in 1967.  He was a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.  He was a pilot who flew bombers, as well as other planes (B17, B24, B25, B29, C45, and C47).  He was also in unconventional warfare and later strategic intelligence.  After retiring he graduated from Rollins College at the same time his son, William Kyle Adams completed his MBA.  He lived in Winter Park, FL since his retirement from the service.

Louise and Bill met in 1934 and the rest was history. They married in 1942 at the very church where their memorial service to celebrate their lives will be held. Blondie and Bill began an adventure of travel, family, and friends. Louise enjoyed entertaining friends and family, playing golf and bridge, and sharing adventures with Bill. She was always the life of the party. She is remembered for her warm smile, her amazing hospitality, and her gracious care for others.

Bill was the head of a very close knit and loving family.  He was a wonderful husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a true gentleman who was wise, kind, and generous.  He lived a remarkable life.

It is certain Bill and Blondie had a love like no other. They will be missed by all who knew them. We celebrate their love through our families daily.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Louise Adams, his daughter, Dorothy Adams, and his sister, Emilie Holroyd.  He is survived by two children; Kyle Adams and Margaret Bambrick; his five grandchildren Rod Allan, Emily Roberts, David Roberts, Jennifer (Bambrick) Russo, and Jeffrey Bambrick; and their families. He is also survived by extended family and friends that were close to his heart.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Ahoskie United Methodist Church where he and Louise were married.  Inurnment will follow at the Ahoskie Cemetery with Military Honors.

Donations in his memory can be made to the American Heart Association, Wounded Warrior Project, or Alzheimer’s Association.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in is assisting with arrangements in Ahoskie for the Adams family

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm

Location:

Ahoskie United Methodist Church

212 W Church St
Ahoskie, NC 27910


Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Location:

Ahoskie Cemetery

First Street
Ahoskie, NC 27910


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