James Edward Adams, 69, of Crossett, died on September 17, 2015 at Ashley County Medical Center.
He retired from the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill after 36 years of employment and was a member of Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church where he served as an usher.
Mr. Adams was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved people and people loved him back.
He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, which he had ridden all over the country, and was the road captain of the Nubian Kruzers Riding Club. He was also a former cub scout master, a member of the Ashley County Rescue Unit, Little League Baseball coach, member of the Elk’s Lodge and a Silver Air Patrol leader.
Mr. Adams was preceded in death by one son, Sean Adams; his parents, Leonard McClain and Daisy Mae Daniels; his grandmother Pauline Lindsey, who helped raise him; three brothers, Kenneth Ray Harris, Willie James Williams and Rogene Adams; two sisters, Martha Sue Adams and Freddie Mae Harbison.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Edna Williams Adams; three sons, Eric Adams, Lazarus Adams and Devins Adams, all of Crossett; three sisters, Shirley Sims and Pauline Minnieweather, both of Crossett, and Diane Adams of Oakland, California; four grandchildren, Brittany, Paytience, Lazarus Jr., and Lazaria Adams, all of Crossett; three great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends.
Funeral services will be held on September 21 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Multi-Purpose Building, located at 703 Pine Street in Crossett. Minister Edna Adams, Rev. Harriel White, Rev. Ethalbert Slater and Dr. Abigail Slater will officiate the service.
Active pallbearers are Jesse Crosley, Jimmy Thornton, James Adams, Gordon Kidd, Larry Robers, Billy Reyland, Keith Martin and Clay Ellison. Honorary pallbearers are the Nubian Ryders, the Ashley County Rescue Unit, Cub Scout Pack 150 and the T.W. Daniels Class of 1964 and 1965. Burial will be at Westview Cemetery.
Viewing is September 20 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home in Hamburg.