William Jerry Adams, Sr., born 31 March 1937, passed away peacefully the evening of 29 Feb 2016. Jerry was born and raised in Pine Bluff, NC and spent most of his life in Cary, where he served as a Captain in the YRAC Fire Department and later as the founder and first Chief of the Cary Area Rescue Squad. He was preceded in death by his parents and 7 siblings, all of Pine Bluff, NC, and his wife of 53 years, Ellen Johnson Adams. He is survived by children, Deborah (Terry) and William Adams, Jr.; grandchildren, Chris, Ben, Molly, Amanda and Will; step-grandson Nick, his great-grandaughter Leah; his beloved wife Betty, many nieces, nephews and a lifetime's worth of dear friends and family members.A memorial for Mr. Adams will be held at White Plains UMC, 313 Maynard Rd, Cary, at 2:00 p.m. on this Sunday, 6 March 2016 with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Transitions HospiceCare or the Cary EMS.