John Quincy Adams V
August 3, 1949 – November 2, 2010

Published 3:26 am Friday, November 5, 2010

By Staff
John Quincy Adams, V, a wonderful father, husband, and brother passed away peacefully on the evening of November 2, 2010, surrounded by family and friends.
John’s life was cut short by cancer, but the years he lived were rich and full. He walked the Great Wall of China, had dinner in Cuba with Castro, was entertained at the White House, traveled with the President of Mexico and played a mean Bocce ball game. John could never be still and was always ready to serve and get the job done.
He was an active member of the Greene County Extension Service Advisory Board for 18 years, a 4-H leader, and recently named to the N.C. Extension Advisory Board. He received the Governor’s Award for community service and the N.C. Outstanding Pork Producer Award. John served as a N.C. Barbecue Judge, one of the first to be appointed and recognized. Later, he became a Certifier of New BBQ Judges, and was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the certification process for BBQ judges in North Carolina.
John served on the N.C. Pork Council Board of Directors for nearly 30 years and was president of the N.C. Pork Council (1987). He was also a member of the N.C. Ag Advancement Consortium (2002-present), U.S. Meat Export Federation Board of Directors (2002-2008), appointed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary as a Director of National Pork Board, a member of the N.C. State University Ag Foundation Board (2010), and Eastern Food Board of Directors (1994-1998).
Calvary Memorial United Methodist Church was his church home and he loved everyone there and so appreciated the kindness shown to him during his illness.
John loved N.C. State University and graduated in 1971. He was an active member of the Greene County community since moving to Snow Hill in 1975 from Beaufort County. His many friends will remember him for being quick to laugh, smile, and always ready to roast a pig on special occasions. He loved to cook bacon, or “pig candy” as he called it, for hours at the beach so everyone could have that cherished BLT on the porch overlooking the ocean!
John was a loving husband, father, and brother, and is survived by his wife of 35 years, Patricia Lee Adams of Snow Hill; and his daughters, Meredith Adams, Executive Chef of Eurasia CafĂ© in Mt. Pleasant, SC and Lauren Adams, Assistant Professor at Washington University, in St. Louis, MO. His nickname, given by his girls, was “Daddy Wild Root” and would always sign correspondence, “DWR”. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Adams of Washington, NC; Gale Mayberry and husband, Wally Mayberry of Virginia Beach, VA; brother, Harry Adams, Jr. and wife, Dianna of Washington, NC; a very special mother-in-law, Geraldine Lee of Four Oakes, that he loved dearly, especially her fried chicken and cornbread; brother-in-law, Parlie Lee Jr. and wife Kim of Four Oakes, NC; sister-in-law, Michelle Lee Barbour and husband, Michael of Four Oakes. Dear nieces and nephews include, Brandon Barbour, Madison Barbour, Pamela Lee, Preston Lee, and Stephanie Hale. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Adams, and mother, Margaret Wood Adams.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 6, at Calvary Memorial United Methodist Church, 109 W. Greene Street, Snow Hill, with Reverend Martin Armstrong officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.
Though flowers are appreciated, memorials are encouraged to the “John Quincy Adams V Agriculture Scholarship”, NC Cooperative Extension, 229 Kingold Blvd, Snow Hill NC 28580, or to the building fund of Calvary Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 445, Snow Hill, NC, 28580. Online condolences may be expressed at
Arrangements are by Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service.
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