LeRoy S. Adams

LeRoy Shealy Adams, 80, of Clemson, SC, passed away at his home on Sunday night, July 11, 2021. He was born in Newberry, SC, on April 27, 1941, and was the last surviving son of the late Virgil LeRoy and Julia Mae Shealy Adams.


A graduate of Newberry High School, LeRoy went on to earn a degree in Modern Languages from Clemson University in 1963, where he was also a member of Mu Beta Psi, a bassoon player in the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra, and the only cymbal player in the Clemson University Tiger Band. After graduating college, he worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years, eventually moving into insurance consulting. He later worked as a development officer for the School of Architecture, was the Executive Director of the Clemson Advancement Foundation for Design & Building, and he was a Life Donor to IPTAY. He retired in 2015. LeRoy was an active member of First Baptist Church of Clemson and sang in the church choir.


LeRoy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Geraldine B. Adams, his daughters Anna Adams Hirth and husband Chris of Chapel Hill, NC, and Amy Adams Moore and husband Kim of Greenville, SC, and his grandchildren Blake Hirth and Addison Moore.


A visitation celebrating LeRoy’s life will be held Friday evening, July 16th, from 5-7pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home, 1724 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108. There will be a graveside service at Newberry Memorial Gardens, 15127 C. R. Koon Hwy, Newberry, SC 29108, at 11am, Saturday, July 17th. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Clemson on Sunday, August 1, at 2pm, and in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to FBCC Music Ministry, 397 College Ave, Clemson, SC 29631.


In BD’s words, MOST IMPORTANTLY, he was a Christian, a husband, a father, and a grandfather!


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#14 Robert Benedict 2021-07-21 14:12
Geraldine, Amy and Kim:
I'm very saddened by LeRoy's passing. He was a wonderful colleague at Clemson and his friendship was so meaningful to the MRED family.
Our prayers are with you.
#13 Barnette Adams Golden 2021-07-19 17:32
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
#12 Connie a Rayfield 2021-07-17 16:36
Thinking of you all... what a honorable man.
#11 Donna Mills 2021-07-16 21:12
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! He may be gone from our sight, but never from our hearts! May the sorrow you feel in your heart be lighten by the love that surrounds you!
#10 Jennifer Travis 2021-07-15 20:58
My heartfelt sympathy for LeRoy family. I had the privilege to work with him at CU and always enjoyed knowing him. I will forever cherish the pearl earrings he brought me back from Hawaii. Rest in peace.
#9 Dan Beaman 2021-07-14 19:27
Oh! We are so sorry to hear this! May he Rest In Peace and Rise In Glory.
#8 Gary Black 2021-07-14 12:04
Geraldine, Anna and Amy
So sorry to hear about LeRoy. He was truly one of the good guys. In the many years we worked together I never once had cause to question his commitment to you, his company or his God. He showed us all how a Christian is to conduct themselves regardless of where they are and who they are dealing with. I am so thankful for LeRoy having been a part of my life. May he Rest In Peace and may you also find peace in the days to come. Gary Black Sr
#7 Judy Tyndell 2021-07-14 11:22
We are so sorry for this great
loss. My deepest condolences
to Gerrie and family. What a
legacy LeRoy leaves and we will
miss him dearly! May God's love
surround you.
#6 Annie Yukish 2021-07-14 08:35
LeRoy was the best BD ever! He was one of our favorite Tiger fans. He opened his home and heart to our family and we are grateful. I'll always remember his typed out menu for the weekend we spent at the old lake house. He was a planner, a musician, he was a master sangria maker, a loyal Tiger fan, loving husband and father, and you knew how proud he was of his grandchildren. He served and he loved and we are so grateful for the memories we have of him. May God be with all of you during this most difficult time
#5 Mary Linda Hill 2021-07-14 08:09
Geri and family, I'm so sorry to learn of Leroy's passing.He was one of the good guys growing up in Newberry, and was a joy to be around. Always happy, smiling, with a good word for everyone. He'll be missed by everyone who knew him. Sending my love to you all, Mary Linda
#4 Scott & Marcia Schweitzer 2021-07-13 23:58
Sending our sincerest condolences for your loss. May the Peace of the Lord be with you and your family. Love and prayers - Scott & Marcia Schweitzer
#3 Brian P 2021-07-13 23:34
I worked with LeRoy for several years and will always remember him as a generous and kind individual who was a remarkable husband, father and friend. May the blessings LeRoy gave us all on earth be returned tenfold in heaven.

May peace be with the entire family in this time of grief and celebration of life.

With my sympathy, Brian
#2 Ed & Joan Kyzer 2021-07-13 21:02
Geri and Girls,
LeRoy was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. We always enjoyed our time together at the high school reunions. I remember that last time we got together at Figaro's, he told me he was having some medical issues. He looked great and didn't seem to let it slow him down. You will be in our thoughts and prayers and we hope to see you Friday or Saturday. Sympathy
#1 Robert B Hunt 2021-07-13 16:40
Geraldine, all you Rock Ridge and Marsh Swamp friends are thinking of you and your girls We send love!

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