Mr. Thomas L. Adamson

Published 10:05 am Friday, March 2, 2018

LaGRANGE — Mr. Thomas L. Adamson, 79, of Roanoke died Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Wellstar West Georgia Hospice, LaGrange, GA. Funeral services will be held at Rehope Baptist Church, LaFayette on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1 p.m. (CST) with Rev. H. L. Jones officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.  The remains will lie in state at the church from noon (CST) until the funeral hour.  Public viewing will be at Vines Funeral Home, Friday, March 3, 2018 from noon to 6 p.m. (CST).

Mr. Adamson was born April 19, 1938 in Roanoke to the late Raymond and Ida Adamson. He attended several schools in his early years and later  finished Randolph County Training School.  Also, in his early years Mr. Adamson was a member of Wehadkee Baptist Church.  He later moved his membership to Rehope Baptist Church where he became an ordained Deacon and a member of the Senior Choir.  Mr. Adamson was an anointed Soloist.  He sang for many years with the Old Ship of Zion singing group.  Mr. Adamson worked in the Spinning Department at Handley Mills from 1972 until the mill closed in 1980. He then went to work for Plantation Patterns as a Supervisor over Maintenance/Grounds & Housekeeping.  He retired from Plantation Patterns June 2000.  In addition, Mr. Adamson was the first black Police Officer hired in Wadley, Alabama.  He also worked as a Police Officer for the Roanoke Police Department for seventeen years.  Finally, he became a Reserve Officer for the Roanoke Police Department.

He is survived by his five children: Wesylon L. (Gertrude) Adamson, Welch; Victor L. (Betty) Adamson, Las Vegas, NV; Gwyn L. Adamson, Sasser L. (Casey) Adamson, and Kimberly L. Adamson all of Roanoke; one sister, Janie L. Adamson, Columbia, S.C.: one sister-in-law, Mattie Adamson, Roanoke; a special friend: Barbara J. Smith, Roanoke; twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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Vines Funeral Home, Inc., LaFayette, AL is handling the arrangements.