|Death: ||Jan. 23, 2001|
Leland C. Adams, Jr., age 67, of Adamsville, died January 23, 2001. He was a member of Abundant Life Church in Huntsville. Mayor of Adamsville for 24 years. He retired from ACIPCO where he served as Chairman of the Board of Operatives. Served on the Board of Visionland. Served over 20 years on the Board of Directors at ACIPCO and many other boards in Jefferson County; veteran of Air Force.
Former Adamsville Mayor Leland Adams was found dead at his home Tuesday night, apparently of heart failure, according to city officials.
After having placed several unanswered phone calls to Adams' home, a neighbor found him in Adams' backyard, according to city officials.
Adams would have turned 68 on Saturday.
Visitation will be today from 5:30 until 9 p.m. at Crestview Memorial Funeral Home in Adamsville. Funeral is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Crestview chapel, said city officials.
Adams suffered a heart attack in 1994. Since then, he had a heart bypass, several angioplasty surgeries and was taking blood thinning medication, according to city officials.
The six-term mayor, first elected in 1976, was remembered for attracting businesses and expanding city limits from a dozen city blocks to more than 22 square miles west of U.S. 78.
Longtime friend and City Councilman Ed Scott, who was elected with Adams in 1976, credited Adams with healing racial strife and rescuing the town, named for Adams' great-grandfather, from bankruptcy.
''We were about $15,000 in the hole after the first city audit (when he was first elected),'' Scott remembered. ''We had a broken-down firetruck and that's about all. Mayor Adams had to talk us (the council) out of disbanding the city.''
Scott said Adams soon landed the first city business, a Food Max grocery, by getting a 1 cent sales tax approved and borrowing to provide the store with sewer service. ''The loan was paid off in four months, costing the city almost nothing,'' he said.
The grocery, now a Food World, jump-started the city's continued commercial growth, he said.
Adams considered his greatest triumph the 1988 opening of the West County Marketplace Wal-Mart. Ad ams personally led a door-to-door annexation drive to stretch city limits to the Wal-Mart site, Scott said.
Adams followed up the Wal-Mart deal by commissioning a plan for controlled city growth.
That growth included annexations down Minor Parkway, east toward Cherry Avenue and west toward the incoming route of Corridor X.
Adams also was known for tightfisted control over the city police force. Current Adamsville Mayor James P. Moore and six other candidates this summer ran on platforms of police reform.
Adams declined to run for his seventh term this summer. He said of his decision that he no longer had the drive to run.
Although Adams tried to remain neutral in this year's city election, Moore said Adams supported his campaign and occasionally gave advice on city matters.
''I had just called him a week ago to invite him to lunch,'' Moore said. ''He was enjoying thispublic life.'' break from
Leland C. Adams (1907 - 2000)
Jessie L. Adams (1914 - 2000)
Carolyn Ann Adams (1934 - 1998)*
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