Obituary of E. Charles Adams, Sr.
E. Charles Adams, Sr. was born on October 9, 1930 to the late John and Garnella Adams. The Lord called him home on March 26, 2019.
Charles received his early education in Orange, New Jersey and later went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree from Chapman College and a Master’s degree from Webster University.
Charles enlisted in the United States Navy in 1949, remaining on active duty during the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War. He served his country for twenty-four years, retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1973.
Charles was a faithful member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church for more than forty-two years, serving in many capacities to include: singing on the Men’s Choir, serving as a Church School Teacher and as a Trustee. Most notably, Charles served as a Deacon for thirty-nine years until he was honored as Deacon Emeritus in 2017.
He led the City Parks and Recreation Commission as chairman for ten years out of his seventeen years on the commission from 1997 to 2014. Charles also served for more than ten years on MiraCosta College’s Board of Trustees. Charles crossed the burning sands of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 1987 and remained an active member of the Xi Gamma Gamma Chapter. He was also a member of the Oceanside
Charles was preceded in death by his son, E. Charles Adams, Jr. and his daughter, Moria Adams-Prather. Charles’ memory will be kept alive by: his devoted wife of sixty-two years, Lillian Adams; son, Donald Adams; grandson, Michael Adams-Prather, II; granddaughter, Majya Adams-Prather; sister-in-law, Addie S. Wood of Richmond, Virginia; brother-in-law, Eugene A. Sledge (Linda) of Richmond, Virginia; a very special friend and brother, Calvin Beale (Nora) of Honolulu, Hawaii; a very special sister, Dr. Helen M. Caldwell of Elizabeth City, North Carolina; two special nieces, Patrice Smith of Chesapeake, Virginia and Patrice Thompson of Glen Allen, Virginia; a large extended family; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at noon at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1524 Lemon Street, Oceanside, California.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North County African American Women’s Association Scholarship Fund.
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