PLANT CITY, FL-Charles Robinson Adams, 75, Retired Quaker Minister, formerly of Archdale, NC, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, January 3, 2019. In addition to his parents, preceding him in death were a daughter, Dr. Samantha Adams Berden, and a brother, Thomas Adams.
Charles was born on March 10, 1943 in Guilford County, to the late John Thomas and Jewell Jones Adams. He was a 1961 graduate of Allen Jay High School, received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UNC Chapel Hill and his Master of Ministry from Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana.
His 43 year ministry career consisted of: Christian Education Director at Sugar Plains Friends Church in Thornton, Indiana, then at First Congregational Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Youth Pastor at High Point Friends; Pastor at Mt. Airy and Deep River Friends Meetings. In 2008, he retired from Providence Friends Meeting, where he had pastored for 22 years. It was here that he researched and wrote the history of the Meeting, “Community Builders”: Providence Friends Meeting “1762 – 2012”. He moved to Plant City, Florida to be near his aging father, and for the past ten years enjoyed attending First Baptist Church of Plant City.
Charles enjoyed his 50 plus years singing in gospel quartets. He was a registered whitefaced clown named ‘Charlie’, and enjoyed baking and reading.
Charles is survived by his granddaughter, Jadzia Berden, son-in-law, Patrick Berden, step-sons, Jason Hill and Jeff Hill, and their mother, Judith Winslow, step-grandchildren, Reece Hill and Kalahan Hill, sister-in-law, Linda Kinley Adams.
A service to celebrate Charles’ life will be held Saturday, January 12, at 12 pm, at Providence Friends Meeting, 2054 Providence Church Rd, Pleasant Garden, NC, with Pastor Kevin Rollins officiating. His family will receive friends Saturday, one hour prior to the service, at Providence Friends. Interment will follow in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Charles’ memory may be made to the Jadzia Berden Education Fund, and contact information for that fund will be available later on Charles’ webpage at www.cumbyfuneral.com.