Roy Fletcher Adams

August 5, 1965 - September 14, 2022
Roy Fletcher Adams

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Roy Fletcher Adams, 57, a resident of Vanceboro, went to rest with the Lord on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, after a four-month battle with injuries sustained in a car accident.

The family will receive friends from 2:00pm – 5:00pm on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service. A private interment will be held.

On August fifth, 1965, Fletcher was born in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Annie and Atlas Adams.

Along with his parents he is preceded in death by a sister: Maria Adams; and his wife/ best-friend: Janet Adams.

Fletcher is survived by his son: Spencer Adams; three brothers: Atlas Adams, Jr., Thomas Locust, Stan Adams; a sister: Renee Adams; and a Godmother, Eunice Adams.

I can’t write this obituary like a regular one, like we’re insulated from it. This isn’t routine. Its personal and it hits close to home. Fletcher was one of our own. We saw him day in and day out, one of the first ones to arrive and one of the last ones to leave. He was unfailingly upbeat and a good laugher. He was helpful and dogged, without complaint, and the extent to which he served this office has become vivid in his absence.

He did so many things for us that we didn’t even know he did. He kept his head down and did them, almost stealthily. Not sneakily -he just operated with the quiet precision and smooth hum of a well-oiled machine. Sometimes you can get too used to that hum; it becomes reliable background noise. So much so, that you almost take it for granted until it stops, and you’re left sitting in the kind of overwhelming silence only found under water so deep that all light and direction are lost. Fletcher was our hum.

But he was much more than our office manager. He was a father, he was a friend, and he was very active in his church community. He loved to sing and dance, and did so with the praise team for five years and trained as a minister with the House of Pentecost, eventually becoming ordained in 2020.

His earliest years were spent in Baltimore, before moving to Danville, Virginia around the age of five. A few years later his family found themselves anchored in Grifton, NC and it was here where he graduated from Ayden-Grifton High School a decade later. He attended college at both Shaw and Liberty University before obtaining a BS in biblical studies at Midwest Bible College.

He had an eye for detail. For seeing the changes that needed making like a painter gazing at a blank canvas, knowing where all the paint should go before even pulling out his brushes. For that reason, he was a great decorator and organizer. He excelled at planning and putting things where they needed to go.

Also he loved the sun. Heat. It was nothing to come in the office and see him with a heater going full blast with mittens, a scarf, and overcoat on. “Fletcher its July! How can you have the heater on?! The surface of the sun is cooler than it is outside, and you have the heat on!” He’d cackle. “I know. It’s perfect.”

Considering how much he loved the sun he would mow his grass way more than it needed doing. He did it joyfully, not as a chore but as recreation. His lawn was pristine and his landscaping was enviable. He knew plants. Any time one of the flower people would walk through our doors, if you asked, he could drop knowledge on any one of the flowers at length. He knew what they were, how they behaved, and again, like a painter, he was passionate about their color and where they should go to look right.

He knew where things belonged, and we know where he belonged.

He belonged here.

We will miss you Fletcher.

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is devastated at the loss of one of our own, but still, we are honored the Adams family trusted us to assist them in this tragic time.

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Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 U.S. Highway 264 East Washington, NC 27889
  • Sunday, September 18, 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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  • October 11, 2023
    Nancy Gooding says:
    Fletcher, you dear man, I won’t forget your many kindnesses. Your gentle understanding made my year of losses not quite so dark. For that, I thank you. I know you are reunited with your beloved Jane and many others who were waiting for you, which warms my heart. Wear your wings proudly. You’ve definitely earned them! Peace ~

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  • December 05, 2022
    Christie Noe says:
    My friend, it’s been months since you joined your heavenly family and I still can’t believe you are no longer walking with us. We spent hours upon hours together, sitting in the funeral home, sharing our stories with each other and creating a little family unit within Washington Funeral. I could depend on you for anything: Any time I called you answered, any embarrassing story I’d share, you would listen without judgement. You were everyone’s friend, everyone’s confidant, you were so incredibly Fletcher. There will never be another like you. Your devotion to everyone around you is not seen in todays world. You were dedicated to family, friends, your career….the type that would literally give anyone the shirt off of your back. You hated conflict and confrontation, but loved laughter and peace. You were wonderful with the families we served, but mainly, you were simply an amazing person with a genuine heart. It’s taken me months to know what to write and I still feel like it’s jumbled, there are just too many words to describe the deep, amazing person you are. Thank you for always being my friend, even when you really didn’t want to :-) You are always not far from my thoughts, my prayer is that you have found that peace and calm that you longed for!

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    Queen Windley says:
    I truly enjoyed working at the Funeral Home with Fletcher he was a very nice person. It won't be the same . May he RIP

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    Dora Johnson says:
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest condolences.

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  • September 18, 2022
    Phyllis Ann Gray says:
    Prayers for Family and Friends!! You will be missed by many!!🙏

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    Dawn Pinkham says:
    Fletcher was a remarkable person. I was very upset by his untimely passing. He was a true gentleman and so very helpful and concerned when my daddy passed away. Our family will never forget him.

  • September 17, 2022
    Carolyn Chamberlain Smith says:
    To the family of Roy Adams, I send my condolence to the Family, just finding out today , I remember him as a quiet and humble person in school , haven't seen him maybe one time in 39 years since we finished Ayden Grifton High School. I was so sorry to hear about the death of my classmates Roy 😔 Carolyn Chamberlain Smith the Class of 1983 Aka A-T-3

  • September 17, 2022
    Sandy Silverthorne says:
    I am so sorry for your loss he was a good man he had a great person he made me laugh he had a good soul he will be miss a lot by lot of people that thought the world of him

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    Roni L.Wilson says:
    My family and I was very saddened to hear of Roy's transition . Growing up in Grifton down Water St. ,we often talked and laughed about school and other things in our community.You had great knowledge and advice for most every situation.Roy, you will missed greatly.SLEEP WELL COUSIN ROY

  • September 17, 2022
    Wendy Perry says:
    Rest peacefully. I will never forget our conversations and your empathy. It seems like yesterday that we talked. You were such a fine man. I am in shock.

  • September 16, 2022
    To the family of Fletcher Adams I am so deeply saddened by your loss. I pray God will give you the strength during the coming weeks to cope with this tragic event. Fletcher helped me so much when my husband died suddenly 18 months ago. He showed me compassion and genuine caring during the worst time of my life. I know it was his job but he made his customers feel that we were important to him and he would do anything to make the decisions that had to be made at the most difficult time in your life bearable with his caring concern. I pray God will watch over his family and give you all the strength to help with your pain you are experiencing. Hold tight to your memories they will give you some peace in the coming days. I know God is telling him--Fletcher a job well done my son.

  • September 16, 2022
    Joe Paul says:
    You were an incredible person. You loved life and never complained. I miss your smile and friendship. We won’t forget you and all you did for us here. You will be felt here everyday when I walk through the door. I thank God for allowing me to have worked with you even for a much shorter time than I expected. May God take care of you and help your family get through the days to come. Love you my brother.

  • September 16, 2022
    Wendy Perry says:
    I can not believe this! During the times surrounding my Mother's death and funeral, I cherished this man. I laughed with him and I cried with him. In all of my years of working with the public, I must say he was the best.

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    Dennis Robertson says:
    I have missed you terribly. I believe I was the last person you had a conversation with face to face . I will cherish the short time that you were in my life on this earth and I look forward to seeing you again someday. May the Good Lord bless you and all of your family.

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    Shelia Bowden says:
    I was so sad to here about Fletcher. He was absolutely a beautiful soul if there ever one. I will miss his smiling face and his wit when walking in the funeral home. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and especially his family at Joe Paul Jr. funeral Service! We have lost a wonderful asset to our community! Love to all of his family, work family and his friends! God wrap his arms around you all at this time!

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    Susan Cerny says:
    Oh my goodness! What a great tribute to your fellow friend and employee. He sounds like he was a wonderful person. So sorry for your loss. It sounds like his premature death is a great loss for many. May he rest in peace.

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    Patice Lee says:
    My condolences to the family. This is heart broken and I loss a sister, now I loss my little brother. Growing up in Grifton NC. We had good memories. Rest my friend and brother too. Love you.

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