Jerry Connor Adams died In his sleep on June 20, 2018, from stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Patricia Barnett Adams, son Paul Andrew Adams (Washington, DC), brothers, Brent Adams (Norcross), Larry Adams (Waynesboro, VA), Robert Adams (Gastonia,NC), uncle, Horace Adams (Elberton,GA), and 12 nieces and nephews. Jerry’s sister Carolyn Wynne, and Jerry and Pat’s sons, Patrick and Phillip, preceded Jerry in death.
Born in Anderson, SC, in 1937 to Inman C. Adams and Sarah Dye Adams, Jerry grew up and graduated from high school in Elberton, GA. In 1960, he graduated from GA Tech in Industrial Engineering and an AF ROTC 2nd lieutenant. After pilot training near Valdosta, GA, the man who joined the Air Force to see the world flew KB50s at Langley AF base in Virginia until 1963. When his chance to see the world came, he was assigned to Yokota AFB in Japan flying with 310th Air Refueling Squadron, and later with 6485th Air Evac Squadron, flying throughout Vietnam and Asia. Both those squadrons were honored several times , but some awards could never be acknowledged. He was honorably discharged as a Captain USAF in 1967.
Jerry continued to fly when he was hired by Northwest Air Lines in Minneapolis, MN, retiring after 27 years as a 757 Captain. Throughout his flying career his love of engineering evolved into creative remodeling the homes he returned to between long flights. He Americanized a small Japanese house off-base at Yokota and created a 2 story barrier-free house from a rambler in Minnesota. His last project began after finding a 16 ft., 100-year-old beam for a great room in his Watkinsville house.
Jerry’s love of music followed him his entire life, playing in his high school band, singing in Georgia Tech choirs, even a church choir while in pilot training in Valdosta, GA, and Unitarian Fellowships in Bloomington, MN, and Athens, GA.
A celebration of Jerry’s life will be at his home in mid-August. Memorial donations are suggested to Muscular Dystrophy Assoc, Multiple Myeloma Foundation , the UU Fellowship of Athens choir or the Minnesota Valley UU Fellowship choir.