Obituary for James "Jim" W. Adams

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James "Jim" W. Adams

September 2, 1931 - October 23, 2016

James W. “Jim” Adams, age 85, passed away Sunday afternoon, October 23, 2016 at his home in Morgantown. He was a former resident of Plainfield.

Jim was born on September 2, 1931 in Beech Grove, to the late James and Anna Liza (Stamper) Adams. He was a 1942 graduate of Emmerich Manuel High School in Indianapolis and went on to serve as a Petty Officer Second Class with the United States Navy on the USS LST 859 during the Korean War.

Jim retired in 2005 as a Project Manager for ERMCO in Indianapolis after 20 years of service. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Martinsville and formerly of Plainfield and the IBEW Local 481 in Indianapolis. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, wood working and listening to jazz music. Jim also enjoyed photography and spending time with his grandchildren and his dog, “Benny.”

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Maria R. (Adams) Adams, whom he married on December 10, 1982 in Indianapolis; children, Larry (Susan) Adams and Bret (Susan) Adams both of Indianapolis, Marcie (Monte) Sebastian of New Whiteland, Debrah Daniels of Nineveh, Steve (Estefania) Eaton of Sevierville, Tennessee and Amanda Chapman of Morgantown; 24 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Miriam Adams; son, James E. Adams; siblings, Stella Melich, Larry, Jett and Joseph Carter Adams.

Bro. Chuck Oliver will conduct a funeral service on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 201 N. Eastview Drive in Franklin. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the church. A graveside service with military rites will be held on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison, Indiana. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Jim to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96TH St. Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.     

Condolences may be sent to the Adams family at

Information: (812) 597-4670



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Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


201 N. Eastview Drive, Franklin, IN, 46131

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Time: 10:30 am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


201 N. Eastview Drive, Franklin, IN, 46131

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Born: September 2, 1931
Died: October 23, 2016

Condolences for James “Jim” Adams

Donna Thompson posted on 10/26/16

I'm sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I remember him well, quietly in the background of my childhood, growing up in the Indy 3rd ward. He was a good man.


Amanda and Reo Chatwin posted on 10/29/16

We love you Maria and Amanda. We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was an amazing man and we feel so lucky to have him in our lives. You're in our prayers


Rachel Matusik posted on 10/25/16

I am very sorry to hear about your loss. My sympathy goes out to the family of Jim Adams.


Jerry and Maggie Barber posted on 10/25/16

So very sorry for Jim's passing. Lots of love and prayers to all.


Patty (Drake) Jennings posted on 10/25/16

Maria and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep all of you in my prayers. It made me very happy that Steven found me on Facebook and Maria I would love to visit you on the future. Love you all.


Jacque Swisher posted on 10/24/16

Thinking of you. Your friend Jacque


Kristen Carson posted on 10/24/16

I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I've got great memories of his wry smile, his photography and his beat-boxing. May you find comfort at this time, Maria and Amanda.


Theresa Haneline posted on 10/24/16

So sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was so supportive of Kay during the trying times last year when Jim was sick and passed away. Deepest sympathies, Theresa (Kay's aunt)


Angela Kay Adams posted on 10/24/16

Sending thoughts and prayers for the family. We just found out today about the service, but unfortunately we won't be able to be there in person, but we will be there in thoughts. He was such a nice man and I appreciate the support he gave us. Love, Kay & Jaice.


Jim Hollenbaugh posted on 10/26/16

Condolences to the family. Good memories of Jim.


Clinton Ford posted on 2/16/17

Sorry to hear of Jim's passing! He taught my first year of seminary, helping me develop an interest in and eventually a love for the Book of Mormon. He had such a great sense of humor and was such a great example to me as a young man. My condolences to his family and friends.