Willie James Adams was born November 18, 1937 in Earle, Arkansas to the late Hudson Adams and Cora Hemphill. Willie attended school in Earle, Arkansas and graduated from Earle High School in 1955. After high school, he served his country in the US Air Force for three years and received an Honorable Discharge. In 1959, he attended Arkansas AM&N College and during his junior year reenlisted in the US Army and served in Vietnam War which he received an Honorable Discharge.
Willie moved to Austin, TX and was employed as a Correctional Officer with the Travis County Jail. In 1973, he was employed by the City of Austin and retired in 2005. After retirement, he worked as a School Crossing Guard and enjoyed life while vacationing and blessing others.
Willie accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and faithfully served the Lord as a Deacon at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church. His tenure at Mount Pilgrim was over 45 years and he later joined Greater Ulit Missionary Baptist.
Willie is preceded in death by his mother Cora Hemphill and father Hudson Adams and leaves to cherish his memory; Sister - Francile Lofton, four sons - (Joe Burton, Wynne, Arkansas), (Ralph Adams (Mary)), Grand Prairie, TX,) (Kendrick Antione, Austin, TX) and (Adrian Bradford, Austin, TX) three daughters - (Jackie Adams-Wilds, Chicago, Illinois), (Gaynell Smith (Melvin)), Austin, TX) and Monique Wilburn, fifteen grandchildren - Quentin D. Adams, De’Andre Adams, Angelia Holcomb, Ahkeliah Wilds, Melvin Smith, Maurice Smith, Michael Smith, Helen Smith, Demoine Adams, Quionna Love, Quentin Washington, Tori Adams, JaRavia Adams, Colby Adams and Kelsey Adams, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, childhood friend Devon Settlers and a host of beloved friends.