Harry E. Adams

harry adams

April 30, 1942 ~ November 23, 2002

Resided in: Black Mountain, NC

Harry E. Adams, 60, of 112 Fairway Drive, Black Mountain, died Saturday, November 23, 2002, following a period of declining health. Born on April 30, 1942, he was a native of Buncombe County and the son of the late Ralph Adams and Thelma Lancaster and the grandson of the late Spurgeon and Mae Rhymer Sluder. Mr. Adams is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cecelia Wyrick Adams; daughter, Teresa A. Parsons and husband Chris of Asheville; sons Sheldon M. Adams and wife Mary Jo of Black Mountain and Seth M. Adams and wife Laurie of Topsham, ME; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Parsons, Lucas, Sydney and Michael Adams; two step-grandchildren, Danielle and A.J. Kavanaugh; two sisters, Leah Mae Embler and Linda Rae Hamer of Asheville and mother-in-law, Mildred M. Wyrick of Black Mountain. He was a member of Black Mountain United Methodist Church having served on the Administrative Board, PPR Committee, choir member and usher. He was educated in the Asheville City Schools and attended many courses in municipal government. He retired from the City of Asheville after serving as Safety Director for 10 years, Code Enforcement Officer for 2 years and City Firefighter for 10 years. He was also an administrative liaison for the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Deptartment for 8 years. Active in many areas of civic and political life, Mr. Adams served as Alderman for the Town of Black Mountain from 1989 to 2001, four of those years as Vice-Mayor. He was extremely proud to have served on the Town Board during the years of establishing the present Public Safety Building, the Town Recreation Park, the beautification of Lake Tomahawk and many other improvements to the town and community. He won many awards in the Jaycee Organization, serving as president of the Asheville Jaycees, 1975-76, outstanding local President of the NC Jaycees 1976, State Vice-President 1977 and Vice President of the US Jaycee Senate 1982. He was listed in Who’s Whos in America 1976-77. Mr. Adams was a present or past member of the Black Mountain Lions Club, Black Mountain Golf Course, Black Mountain Moose Lodge, Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce, Black Mountain Masonic Lodge, NC State Firefighter’s Association, The Owen Foundation, Community Resource Council, Black Mountain Correctional Center for Women, Black Mountain Community Endowment Fund, Asheville Shrine Club, a 3rd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite and Oasis Temple AAONMS. He served on the Board of Directors with the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Buncombe County, American Red Cross, Quality Forward, Western NC Safety Council, Land-of-the-Sky Regional Council and NC Department of Transportation. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday at Black Mountain United Methodist Church with the Revs. Gerald Collins and Rick Mills officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Memorial Park. Pall bearers will be Walter C. Dillingham, John Parris, Bob Thompson, Herb Edwards, Al Richardson and Gary Bartlett. The family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00 pm Monday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue and other times will be at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Building 1, Asheville, NC 28801, the American Lung Association, PO Box 2702, Asheville, NC 28802 or Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

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  1. Cecelia and Families:
    Our sincere sympathy is sent to
    you with Love.
    J.T. and Joanne Davis

  2. Cecelia and family: I am so sorry for Harry’s passing. I’ve known him for almost 30 years and he was a great person. He always had a smile, a cute story, or the like. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Harry, did a lot for The Land of the Sky Shrine Club and will be sadly missed. Our Prayers and thoughts are with the family. Tom Boutwell President Land of the Sky Shrine Club.

  4. I have many fond memories of Harry and Cecilia during the heyday of the Asheville Jaycees in the 1970’s Harry will be missed by a lot of aged-out local Jaycees. We will treasure the moments we spent with Harry.

  5. My deepest sympathies and condolesces go to the family of Mr. Harry E. Adams.

    It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love. And when it happens, the thought of never again being able to talk to, laugh with, or hold your loved one can be most difficult to bear. That pain is not necessarily erased by being told that your loved one is up in heaven.

    When death takes your child, your husband, your wife, your parent, your friend, it is truly what the Christian writer Paul called it, ‘the last enemy.’ There is hope. Death will not continue to rob mankind of their loved ones indefinetly.

    When Jesus was on earth there was an occassion that deeply grieved him. He met a widow of Nain and saw her dead son. The Bible account tells us: ‘As [Jesus] got near the gate of the city [Nain], why, look! there was a dead man being carried out, the only-begotten son of his mother. Besides, she was a widow. A considerable crowd from the city was also with her. And when the Lord caught sight of her, he was moved with pity for her, and he said to her: ‘Stop weeping.’ With that he approached and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still, and he said: ‘Young man, I say to you, Get up!’ And the dead man sat up and started to speak, and he gave him to his mother. Now fear seized them all, and they began to glorify God, saying: ‘A great prophet has been raised up among us,’ and, ‘God has turned his attention to his people.” – Luke 7:12-16. Notice how Jesus was moved with pity, so that he resurrected the widow’s son! Imagine what that portends for the future!

    This example was just a small foregleam of what Jesus will do in the very near future. Millions therefore can have the solid hope of seeing their loved ones alive again on earth but under very different circumstances. Yes, Jesus Christ promised that millions now dead will live again on this earth and have the prospect of remaining on it forever under peaceful, paradisaic conditions. May Mr. Adams be among them.

    May the God of comfort be with you.

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