May 25, 2022

James Winston Adams, Jr., 62 of Norton, VA went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 23, 2022 surrounded by his family.

Adams was known well in the community as “Jimbo”. He was a 1979 graduate of John I. Burton High School and a 1994 graduate of Clinch Valley College. He spent his career as a teacher and coach. He was the most successful football coach in the history of John I. Burton. Adams loved all his players like sons and his goal above teaching them to play football, was teaching them to be men. He instilled in them two rules to live by: Rule #1: Do what’s right. Rule #2: See rule #1. His legacy will live on in all those whose lives he touched.

The only thing more important to him than coaching was his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. When asked what his legacy was, he always said his children and more recently his first born grandson who brought such joy to his life.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Winston Adams, Sr. and mother, Wilma Jean Morris.

Surviving are his loving wife of 32 years, Stephanie Adams; son, James “Tra” Winston Adams, III, (Maggie); daughter, Jazlyn Whitney Adams Rowe (Ryan); grandson, Axel Ryan Rowe; sisters, Alissa Brummitte and Gina Porter (Randy) and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services for James Adams will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, May 26 at Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel Wise with Pastor Freddie Powers officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 P.M till time of services at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday at the funeral home. Graveside committal services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 27 in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap, VA. Burial will follow. Family and friends will meet at 10:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home to go to the cemetery in procession. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Justin’s Walk, P.O. Box 1459, Coeburn, VA 24230.

Please visit www.sturgillfuneral.com to leave online condolences for the family.

Sturgill Funeral Home 1621 Norton Road SW Wise, VA 24293 is in charge of arrangements.