Celebrating the life of Samuel Webster Adams, III
Be the first to share your favorite memory, photo or story of Samuel. This memorial page is dedicated for family, friends and future generations to celebrate the life of their loved one.
We ask on behalf of the family that you keep your comments uplifting and appropriate to help all who come here to find comfort and healing.
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.
To plant a tree in memory of Samuel Webster Adams, III, visit the Tribute Store.