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.
4500 U.S. Highway 264 East Washington, NC 27889
- Sunday, September 18, 2022
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM