Kershaw remembers Bill Adams as patriot

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Former mayor passes away Saturday, Dec. 14

By Denyse Clark

KERSHAW, S.C. – A longtime town leader and very respected member of the Kershaw community has died.

William Franklin “Bill” Adams died Saturday, Dec. 14, at Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia. He was 90. 

Adams’ funeral was Wednesday, Dec. 18, at First Baptist Church in Kershaw and burial, with full military honors, was held at Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia.

Friends and family remember the full life of service Adams rendered to his community. In bygone years, he served as a member of the Andrew Jackson Area School Board and Kershaw Town Council where he also served one term as mayor. 

Sheila Hinson recalled Adams as a man of “high intelligence.”

“Bill was my first cousin,” Hinson said. “Bill was just a remarkable, smart man. He was very family-oriented. He loved his family and extended family. Bill was a man that stood out in the community and he deserves to be recognized.”

Adams, a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, retired from the Army Reserves at the rank of sergeant major. He was also retired from the S.C. Tax Commission as a revenue officer. 

Adams graduated from Kershaw High School and earned a bachelor of science degree from the Citadel. He later returned to college, earning a criminal justice degree from the University of South Carolina Lancaster. 

His other civic affiliations included membership in Abney Masonic Lodge No. 211, Hejaz Temple and Kershaw Lions Club. Adams had served as a Silver Haired Legislator of the Lancaster delegation and was a member of the Clemson IPTAY Club for more than 50 years.

Bill Clyburn, another former Kershaw mayor, said Adams served as a member of the Kershaw Town Council during the early to mid- 1990s. 

“I knew Bill since I was a teenager,” Clyburn said. “Bill was a smart person and a good friend of mine.”

Clyburn recalls when his own eight-year tenure as mayor ended, Adams served a one term from about 1996 to 2000.

“He was a real patriot,” Clyburn said of Adams. 

“He believed in his town and he believed in his country. Bill was a fine person.”


Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152