James Cooper Adams ’69

James Cooper Adams, 75, of Mount Airy, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, at Northern Regional Hospital. He was born June 1, 1947, in Forsyth County, the son of the late Allie Cooper and Margaret Greble Adams.

Mr. Adams graduated from Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem and later graduated from Davidson College, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He served in the United States Navy from 1970 until 1973.

He joined First Citizens Bank in 1973 and worked with the bank as the City Executive of Mount Airy until his retirement. Mr. Adams served on the North Carolina Banking Commission and served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Surry Arts Council and was a member of the Mount Airy Rotary Club. Mr. Adams was a pillar of the Mount Airy community. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia “Ginny” Beddall Adams; his daughter and son-in-law, Frances Brooks and Philip Voss; his granddaughter, Greta Beekman Voss; and his sister, Katherine Elizabeth Adams.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Danny Miller officiating. A private interment will be held at Forsyth Memorial Park in Winston-Salem. The family will receive friends Friday from 1 until 2 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 1909 North Main Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030; The Surry Arts Council, 218 Rockford Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030; Mountain Valley Hospice, 1427 Edgewood Drive, Suite 101, Mount Airy, NC 27030; or Surry Animal Rescue, 1106 South South Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030. The funeral arrangements are entrusted to Moody Funeral Services in Mount Airy. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.