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 Martha <I>Clevenger</I> Adams

Martha Clevenger Adams

Death 9 Jun 2011 (aged 60)
Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee, USA
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Martha Clevenger Adams

Martha Clevenger Adams, 60, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Thursday morning, June 9, 2011, in a local hospital.

She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd S. Clevenger and her brother, Lt. James F. Clevenger.

She was a graduate of Bradley Central High School.

For several years she was a real estate agent with Prudential Botts. She formerly taught preschool at Candies Creek Baptist Church. She was well known in Cleveland and Bradley County area as the manager of The Spot restaurant, since its reopening in downtown Cleveland.

Survivors include her husband, Mike L. Adams of Cleveland; her mother, Ruby J. Clevenger of Cleveland; her sister, Brenda Elrod and her husband, Dale, of Charleston; sister-in-law, Sherry Clevenger of Cleveland; brother-in-law, Scotty Adams of Cleveland; mother-in-law, Carolyn Grossberg and her husband, Irving, of Las Vegas, Nev.; nieces and nephews: Beth Clevenger of Wheaton, Ill., Christopher Elrod of Cleveland, Allison Elrod of Charleston, and Emily Adams of Cleveland; special friends, John and Linda Tyler of Cleveland; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of Spot employees current and past.

A Remembrance of Life graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2011, in the Candies Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Lanny Tayloe officiating.

The family will receive friends today, from 5 until 8 p.m., at the North Ocoee Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes.

The family requests that memorials be made to American Cancer Society c/o Bradley County Relay for Life 850 Fortwood St., Chattanooga, TN 37403.

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The Spot manager Martha Adams dies

One of Cleveland's most popular personalities will be sadly missed by patrons and employees of the city's oldest restaurant.

Martha Adams, manager of The Spot on Ocoee Street, passed away June 9.

The Spot — originally called Orange Teaco — opened in 1937. Although the restaurant's homemade hamburgers and old-fashioned milkshakes have garnered much fanfare, Nicholas Lillios, current owner of The Spot, said Adams was just as important as the good food and nostalgia.

"The Spot's popularity in recent years revolved around Martha's colorful personality," Lillios said. "She had an amazing smile and could tell you what you ordered on your last visit, and if you loved root beer or hated onions."

Lillios said Adams was able to establish a personal connection with anyone, including judges, attorneys and government officials. She was also able to remain calm when the atmosphere at the historic landmark became hectic.

"Martha was one of the few people who could handle the crowds during the downtown automobile cruise-ins," said Lillios. "On some days we would see a thousand customers and she never lost her cool. Martha made it look easy."

Lillios bought The Spot from local entrepreneur and philanthropist Allan Jones three years ago. Jones hired Adams in 2005 and remembered her as one-of-a-kind.

"Martha was one of the people who made Cleveland such a special place to live and work and she will be sadly missed," Jones said. "I have fond memories of eating at The Spot and always enjoyed seeing her. She was a friend to anyone who walked through the door."

Samantha York, 19, worked with Adams for nearly two years at The Spot. York characterized Adams as an advice-giver, teacher and best friend.

"Martha taught me to believe in myself and told me not to care about other people's opinions," York said. "A piece of The Spot is going to be missing without her. I keep expecting her to walk through the door."





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 71227926
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Martha Clevenger Adams (16 Mar 1951–9 Jun 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71227926, citing Candies Creek Cemetery, Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Glenda Rowland (contributor 47074600) .