William Erlon Adams Sr., 82, Korean War veteran

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william adamsWilliam E. Adams, Sr., of Williamsburg, passed away Sept. 13, 2015 at the age of 82.

Born in Richmond to the late Erlon H. Adams and Ocie B. Adams, he is also preceded in death by his son, Willie Adams, and his best buddy, Barney.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and retired from the civil service in Ft. Eustis. He was a longtime member of James River Baptist Church and had served as past pastor and director at the Bread of Life Book House in Toano.

William is survived by his wife, Lois R. Adams; daughter, Sharon L. Adams; daughter-in-law, Dawn Adams; four grandchildren, Erin Chaney, Rebecca Desper, Laura Dear, and Erlie Adams; nine great-granddaughters and one great-great-grandson.

A visitation will take place Thursday, Sept. 17 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, from 6 to 8 p.m. A service officiated by Pastor Scott Salsman will be held Friday, Sept. 18 at James River Baptist Church, 4931 Centerville Road, Williamsburg, beginning at 11 a.m., with burial at Williamsburg Memorial Park.

A special thanks to the staff at Patriots Colony for their loving and kind care given in William’s final days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the James River Baptist Church Multi-Ministry Building Fund or Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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