William Jerome Adams, Sr. was born on April 24, 1948 to James and Thelma Adams in Jenkinjones, West Virginia. He was affectionately called Jerome. Jerome graduated from Gary District High School, in Gary, West Virginia
After graduating from High School, Jerome enlisted into the United States Army on April 24, 1968 with an honorable discharge on April 11, 1970. As all of his siblings before him Jerome migrated to Boston, Massachusetts. His first employment was with Schrafft’s Candy Factory in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Jerome met and fell in love with the late Shirley Davis. They were joined in holy matrimony in August, 1971. From that union they were blessed with two children, Michelle and William Jerome (J J).
From an early age Jerome was a believer in Christ Jesus. Often attending Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Jenkinjones, West Virginia with his mother. In his later years he would frequently attend worship services at Charles Street A.M.E. Church with his older siblings Robert Adams and Deaconess Nancy Norflett, where he eventually became a member.
Jerome was the life of the party. When he walked into the room you knew to expect something funny to happen. If the music was playing he would be in the center of the room with his own special spin to dance moves (electric slide would become the Jerome slide). He considered himself the banter professional. You would wait for him to say something off the wall and hilarious. His humor didn’t allow you time to be mad at him, nor did he allow himself time to be mad at you.
Jerome was one who was always willing to help others. Each Christmas he would faithfully help his sister Arminita give out Christmas bags to the homeless and to his fellow residents at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior building.
Jerome was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, his father James Adams, his mother Thelma Adams-Green, his sisters, Algie Adams, Zetta Lovelace, Helen Holman, and Sylvia Pryor; brothers Thomas Baker, James Adams, Ernest Adams, and Maurice Green.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his children Michelle Adams and William Jerome Adams, Jr; grandchildren Shawn Wiggins, Jr. (Juanita), Wayne Adams and Malaika Adams; his sisters Nancy Norflett and Arminita Harrison; brothers Robert Adams and Calvin Green and a host of relatives and friends.
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