Salem Funeral Home
120 S. Main St.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
- 7:30 p.m.
Salem Funeral Home Chapel
120 S. Main St.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Floral Garden Park Cemetery
1730 W English Rd, High Point, NC 27262
Thomas Earl Adams passed away on Friday, May 18th at his home. He was born January 27, 1947 in Raleigh, NC to La Rue Blackley and Delmer Adams.
Mr. Adams was a decorated veteran and served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. He was one of the first paramedics in Guilford County. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Winston-Salem State University.
He was a member of the Winston-Salem Shag Club and the Greater Triad Shag Club in Greensboro and also a friend to the Competitive Shaggers Association. He enjoyed his dancing and the friends he met through his dancing.
Mr. Adams was a member of the Winston-Salem Elks Club and the Winston-Salem Chapter of the H.O.G.S. Motorcycle Club.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Jack Besosa.
He is survived by his significant other Vickie Chambers, two sons: Jonathan Adams (Jennifer) and Jeffrey Adams; four grandchildren: Cole, Isaac, Kylah and Ava; one sister-in-law Diane Besosa, one half-brother Edward Besosa, Jr. and an aunt, Joyce Rine.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at Salem Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Floral Garden Park Cemetery in High Point.
Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
I am so sorry to hear of Thom’s passing. I have known Thom for many years and enjoyed dancing with him, laughing at his jokes and discussing politics! We all in the Winston-Salem Shag Club will miss him very much! So sorry for your loss!BPXV
I am deeply saddened by the death of Thom. As a young medic in 1982, Thom was a great partner and great mentor. I not only learned a lot about EMS, but learned a lot about life and people from him. I always treasured the time I spent with those High Point boys and Thom was one of the reasons for that
I was so happy to reconnect with him when we started having reunions. His wit and knowledge will be missed by all who knew him.
Tom was a good man and I always enjoyed working with him during my 10 years with Guilford County EMS.
Tom had many friends at GCEMS and was respected for his work, knowledge, leadership and commitment to doing the right things for the right reasons. Personally, I enjoyed coming to know him during the early days of paramedics in our nation. It was a great time for all of us direclty involved and a turning point in the history of what would become emergency medical services (EMS) in Guilford County and across North Carolina and the nation.
I have also always appreciated Tom's service to our nation in Vietnam. To the few - certainly including Tom - much is owed.
My thoughts are with Tom's family and - for sure - all who have served or are still serving in GCEMS and knew and loved Tom Adams.
I am sure Tom has already been welcomed to Heaven and is surrounded by GCEMS leaders and medics who are now also there. Some very good people and freinds are "up there" with him - so I know he isn't alone.
Thanks Tom for all you did for your family and others, as well as your commitment and leadership in EMS and at GCEMS.
- BIll Atkinson
Norma Messick; Larry Messick
Goodbye, my friend. To Jon, Jeff and Vickie: May God's grace and strength be sufficient during this most difficult time.
To Thom: We know you are dancing in the sky.
I thought so highly of Thom, he was always so nice and had a kind word to say. He will be sorely missed. I will miss our conversations while out dancing. Vickie and family my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Eric & Cheryl Widenhouse
We are saddened by the loss of such a sweet man. Tom was always so kind to Eric and I when we began shagging and always took time to spend a few minutes with us at the competitions that we were at. We are praying for your family, and Vickie as well. God bless you all at this difficult time.
Mike and Debbie Pace
Our prayers for comfort during this time are being sent up for family and friends of Thom. It was an honor to know such a man. I don't think he ever met a stranger. Such a kind person and he will truly be missed in the "fas' dancing" community. Peace be with all of you. Mike and Debbie
Sharon Bell Walker
I am so sorry to hear of Thom's passing. I met Thom three years ago at Winston-Salem Shag Club. He helped me learn shagging steps when Vickie was teaching a group class in Clemmons. He was always so kind and friendly. He will truly be missed by so many.
Charlie & Bety Moore
We are sad to learn of Thom's passing and know he will be missed by everyone who knew him You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.