Celebrating the life of

James R. Adams

Passed away on October 17, 2021

James R. Adams

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James Rulon Adams, age 91, passed away peacefully at home with family on October 17, 2021 as a result of complications from stroke. 

Mr. Adams was born in Glassboro, NJ, where he attended primary school, followed by Temple University in Philadelphia.  He served in the U.S. Navy, and is recognized on the Korean War memorial on Tybee Island. Throughout his colored past, Mr. Adams has been a sailor, an actor, a restaurant/bar owner, a car valet, a casino dealer and an exotic pet owner.  This made him a social butterfly who could talk to anyone and everyone, regardless of race, creed or religion. 

Mr. Adams moved to Tybee Island in 2004 following the death of his wife, Mary.  He made fast friends with numerous locals during his employment at IGA.  For the last several years, Mr. Adams passed his time at Oceanside Nursing Home, particularly enjoying his care from Amanda and Edward.  He absolutely loved the sun and fresh air from the gazebo at Tybee Park. During the COVID pandemic, it has been tough to get out, but visitors still knocked on the door and connected as often as they could. Special visitors, daughter Chrissy, granddaughter Shelly, friends Jan & John, Lindsey, and niece Jennifer really brightened his day. 

James was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary, and daughter Chrissy who is survived by her husband David.  He is surrounded with love locally by his son-in-law David; grandchildren Michelle and Cory Dodge and Dave and Ina Iannuzzi; great-grandchildren Connor, Mazzeo, Cj and Alexander.  His extended family includes, but is not limited to daughters Ellie, Kathy and Diane; nieces and nephew Jennifer, Marian, Kathy and Glen; grandchildren Jeff, Julie,Tommy, and Teddy.  James was blessed to have “forever friends” in his life who share in our sadness – Nancy Jane Doyle, Bill Ragsdale and Lovey McCoy.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Inurnment will follow in the Greenwich Cemetery Columbarium.




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- Michelle Dodge, Savannah, Georgia

Loved Jim. He handled adversity with such grace

- Fr. Gerald P. Ragan, Tybee Island, Ga

Michelle and family, I'm very sorry for your loss. Many prayers are sent your way.

- Amy Mora, Chapel Hill, NC

So sorry for the loss of “grandpa” He was a wonderful person. I will miss seeing him around the holiday season.

- Susan (Dodge)!Cooler, Savannah , Georgia

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He was awesome grandpa will be missed dearly

- Debbie Cardinal, Kissimmee , Florida

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You will be missed dearly Uncle Jim. May you rest easy among the Angel’s.

- Cathy Casella, Key Largo, FL

Much prayer and love being sent to all of you. I am blessed to have known Jim. He was a wonderful man. God bless him and all his family and friends.

- Connie McBride , Tybee Island , GA

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Uncle Jim you will always have a special place in my heart.

- Jennifer Bradler, New Port Richey , Florida

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- Jim Bradler, New Port Richey , Florida

Dear Michelle and family, so very sorry for your loss. It sounds like James was quite an amazing person. I know he will be missed. Thoughts are with you during this sad time.

- Gena Stiver Stanek, Columbia, MD

Jimmy was apart of our family from the time I was 8 years old and Jim was 10. We shared a lifetime of memories and Jimmy always had a special place in my heart. Peace be with him.

- Nancy Jane Doyle, Pitman, New Jersey

I first met Jim about 50 years ago and he was one of those people you just had to like, tough on the outside and tender on the inside, living and enjoying life on his own terms and always with a good story. R.I.P. my friend

- Gary Doyle, Pitman, New Jersey

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel