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James Carl Adams

May 29, 1936 ~ January 23, 2021 (age 84)


James Carl Adams, 84, passed to a better place on Saturday, January 23, 2021, from Lewy Body Dementia complications. He was comforted by his wife of 61 years, Dru, who held his hand the entire time. Jim was born in Terre Haute on the 29th of May, 1936, to Carl and Edna M. (Morton) Adams, who preceded him in death. He leaves behind cherished memories that will forever live in the loving hearts of his wife Drucilla (Moss) Adams; brother Gregory M. Adams; children Jason C. Adams and Stacy L. Adams; and granddaughters Mimi McCameron and Lauren Adams. A graduate of Wiley High School class of 1954, Jim also attended IU and General Motors Institute and graduated with a degree in business, and was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Upon graduating he joined the Army National Guard before returning to Terre Haute where he began his career working in the mortgage banking business at Pfister and Co. Jim was active in many local and state groups including Terre Haute Home Builders Association, President of the Indiana Flower Growers Association, President of the Indiana Mortgage Bankers and Commissioner of the Terre Haute Housing Authority. For his accomplishments, he was awarded the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor  Robert Orr. Together, Jim and Dru were involved in business building custom homes, apartments, and commercial properties, as well as co-owning and running The Tulip Company for 30 years until their retirement. Jim had many joys in life, from his fixing up cars as a teenager to driving his sports cars in his 80s. He had many friends, enjoyed entertaining at home, and fishing with his buddies in Canada. He loved a dirty martini and a great steak. Traveling was also a rewarding part of Jim and Dru’s lives, and some of their most memorable destinations included China, Paris, Holland, and other international and continental places. They had a wonderful life together, full of love and happiness. In light of the pandemic, a small celebration of life will be held soon by immediate family. The family requests that any memorial contributions go towards the Lewy Body Dementia Association, or a local humane society. They ask that you honor Jim by taking your loved ones a fresh bouquet of flowers, hugging them, and telling them they are loved.  Arrangements were entrusted to DeBaun Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be made to




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