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Samuel Webster Adams, III

March 19, 2014
Samuel Webster Adams,  III
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Obituary for Samuel Webster Adams, III

Samuel Webster Adams, III, 64, of Emporia, Virginia died on March 19, 2014 after a long illness. Born on February 6, 1950 in Morristown, Tennessee and reared in Martinsville, Virginia, he was the son of Dr. Samuel Webster Adams, Jr. and the late Catherine Price Chambliss Adams. He was preceded in death by his first wife Barbara Wornom Adams. He is survived by his father Samuel Webster Adams, Jr. and step-mother Elva Adkins Adams; wife Shelby Pair Elliott Adams of Emporia; sons Boyce Webster Adams and his wife Katie of Charlotte, NC and William Randolph Adams and his fiancée Whitney Clarke Jester of Richmond; step-sons Logan Elliott and Jason Elliott of Emporia; sisters Susan Adams Oliver and husband Kenneth Oliver of New York, Margaret Adams Joback and husband John Joback of Leesburg; brothers William Chambliss Adams and wife Phyllis Adams of Cary, NC, John Randolph Adams and wife Mary Adams of Richmond, David Adams and wife Michelle Adams of Albuquerque, NM; George Adams and wife Kim Adams of Galax; grandson Samuel Parker Adams of Charlotte, and many nieces and nephews.
A local banker and businessman, Sam graduated from Randolph-Macon College where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. At the time of his election to the Emporia City Council in 1974, he was the youngest councilman ever elected in Virginia. He served on the Emporia City Council for 38 years, and was Mayor for 20 of them. He was a leader in Emporia-Greensville County economic development, serving on multiple boards and commissions. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Emporia YMCA. Sam was a past president of the Virginia Municipal League, and was a founding member and past-president of the Virginia Municipal League’s Insurance Programs Member Supervisory Board. He officiated at high school basketball games throughout southern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina for many years. He was a long-time member and vestryman at Christ Church (Episcopal) and later at Church of the Resurrection (Anglican).
The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 23 from 3 until 5 pm at the Echols Funeral Home Chapel located on Brunswick Ave.
Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 24 at 12:00 noon at Main Street Baptist Church with interment at Emporia Cemetery, followed by a reception at First Presbyterian Church, Emporia.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Emporia-Greensville Rescue Squad or the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department.

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