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Rev. William "Bill" Adams

December 29, 1937 — January 29, 2022

Rev. William Carey “Bill” Adams, of Spartanburg, SC, husband of the late Shirley Hicks Adams, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 29th, at the age of 84.

Born in Union, SC, he was the son of the late Ethel Johns Adams and Ernest Eugene Adams. He was a loving Pastor, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who always put God first in his life.

Rev. Adams attended North Greenville College, and earned a BA degree in psychology from Furman University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Seminary at Wake Forest, NC. He was a former Minister of Visitation at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg. He served as pastor of Northbrook Baptist Church in Boiling Springs, SC, Pisgah Forest Baptist Church in Brevard, NC, Gilead Baptist Church in Jonesville, SC, Jersey Baptist Church in Lexington, NC, and Atlantic Baptist Church on the North Carolina Outer Banks.

He was a past member of the General Board of the North Carolina Baptist Convention; served as moderator of the Liberty Association in Lexington, NC, and the North Spartanburg Baptist Association, and was on the Committee on Committees of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He also had served on the mental health boards of Union and Spartanburg Counties, chairman of the Davidson County Crusade for Christ in Lexington, NC, and chairman of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission in Union County.

Rev. Adams loved God and he loved people. He spent his lifetime adhering to God’s admonition to love your neighbor. He spent countless hours visiting and ministering to the sick and homebound who looked forward to his visits and prayers. He also loved good, conservative preaching, fishing and college football -- especially North Carolina, University of South Carolina, and Furman.

Rev. Adams was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Adams, who he married in 1958 and she went home to be with the Lord in 2015. He is survived by his sons C. Dan Adams of Travelers Rest, SC; John Mark Adams of Spartanburg, SC; daughters Rebecca Adams of Spartanburg, SC and Rachael Warner of Greenville, SC; granddaughters Carey Martin (Jared) Greenville, SC; Abby Adams of Birmingham, AL; Monica Bennett of Greenville, SC; Summer Derry Borrego (Nick) of Seattle, Washington; grandson Jacob Warner of Greenville, SC; great grandsons Zeb and Riv. A brother, Ernest “Twig” Adams Jr. of Union, SC. He also leaves behind his dog, Winston.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Maj. Athalee A. Lomas and Doris Mitchell, and three brothers: Ralph, Roger and Donald Adams.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank all of his caregivers over the years from Griswold Home Care. We could not have done it without the love, gentle touch, and caring attitude shared by each of you and so many others.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM on Saturday, February 5th at First Baptist Church Spartanburg, 250 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29306, with service immediately following at 1:00 PM conducted by Rev. Dr. Donald J. Wilton, Rev. Charlie Sams, and Rev. Sal Barone. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Road, Spartanburg, SC 29307.

Pallbearers will be Gene Adams, Don Adams, Reid Davis, David Allison, Jesse Gregory, Jeff Williams, Jacob Buckley. The honorary escorts will be ministers of the Spartanburg Baptist Association, The New Boys Sunday School Class, and staff of First Baptist Church Spartanburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Spartanburg Building Fund, 250 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC,  29306 or online at https://www.fbs.org/home/giving-2 or The Encouraging Word, c/o First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, 250 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC, 29306.

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Visitation

Saturday, February 5, 2022

11:00 - 12:30 am (Eastern time)

First Baptist Spartanburg

250 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

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Funeral Service

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

First Baptist Spartanburg

250 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

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