OBITUARY: Married Couple of 69 Years, James and Patricia Adams, Pass Away 24 Days Apart

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The couple Moved to Rockledge in 1965

James M. “Woody” Adams, 86, of Rockledge, and his wife of 69 years, Patricia Ann “Pat” Kimbro Adams, 85, recently passed away just 24 days apart. James died peacefully in the care of Health First Hospice at Cape Canaveral Hospital on August 5, 2021, following a long period of decline, and Pat passed away unexpectedly on July 13, 2021.

Meeting at a school dance, Pat and Woody had a brief courtship while in high school before they eloped to Mississippi. Their combined service to Brevard County Schools exceeded 50 years and impacted positively the lives of thousands of children over the course of their careers.

BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – James M. “Woody” Adams, 86, of Rockledge, and his wife of 69 years, Patricia Ann “Pat” Kimbro Adams, 85, recently passed away just 24 days apart.

James died peacefully in the care of Health First Hospice at Cape Canaveral Hospital on August 5, 2021, following a long period of decline, and Pat passed away unexpectedly on July 13, 2021.

Woody was born on January 27, 1935, in Kingsport, TN. Pat was born in New Concord, KY on September 12, 1935. They met as teenagers in Oak Ridge, TN where both families had moved enabling both of their fathers to work on The Manhattan Project.

Meeting at a school dance, Pat and Woody had a brief courtship while in high school before they eloped to Mississippi. Woody had graduated from Oak Ridge High School, and Pat had one year remaining.

Pat was not thrilled with the idea of her husband having to sign her permission slips to participate in extracurricular activities, or with him signing her report cards. Defying all the odds, Pat and Woody celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on June 28, 2021, the day Woody was admitted to hospice.

Meeting at a school dance, Pat, right and Woody, left, had a brief courtship while in high school before they eloped to Mississippi. Woody had graduated from Oak Ridge High School, and Pat had one year remaining. Moving to Rockledge in 1965, Woody accepted a teaching/coaching position at Cocoa High School, later to become Rockledge High School. Pat accepted a role as Guidance Counselor at Rockledge High School where she served for many years.

Moving to Rockledge in 1965, Woody accepted a teaching/coaching position at Cocoa High School, later to become Rockledge High School. Before leaving Rockledge High School, Woody would serve as Assistant Principal.

In addition to serving as Assistant Principal at Rockledge High School, he also served in the same role at Merritt Island High School. He would later serve as Principal at Clearlake Middle School, and Kennedy Middle School, before advancing to the Central Office.

After entering back into the workforce after rearing their children, Pat accepted a role as Guidance Counselor at Rockledge High School where she served for many years.

Their combined service to Brevard County Schools exceeded 50 years. They impacted positively the lives of thousands of children over the course of their careers.

An ordained Baptist Minister, Woody and Pat instilled within their children a love for the Lord. Their family rejoices that they are together again in the presence of God.

They are survived by their four children, Debbie Bird and husband Tom of Ormond Beach, David Adams and wife Barbara of Jefferson, NC, Rick Adams of Rockledge, and Randy Adams and wife Annette of Lawrenceville, GA: Eight grandchildren, Katie Peters and husband Josh of Marietta, GA, Cydne Reeves and husband Christopher of Brevard, NC, Ben Adams and wife Gabby of Cary, NC, Lian Blackwelder and husband Nolan of Riverview, Jonathan Martin and wife Grace of Riverview, Nathan Adams of Lawrenceville, GA, Colby Adams of Huntsville, AL, and Avery Adams of Lawrenceville, GA: Ten great-grandchildren Olivia, Charlotte, Creighton, and Lincoln Peters of Marietta, GA, Sam, Miles, and Everett Reeves of Brevard, NC, Ruxin Blackwelder of Riverview, Cameron and Caleb Martin of Riverview.

A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date. The family would like to express a special thanks to the staff of Health First Hospice who provided compassionate care to Woody and the family through the most difficult time of loss.

Donations to Health First Hospice can be made at hf.org/hospice

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