Vilas "Jerry" Adams



Vilas “Jerry” F. Adams, 86, of Murrells Inlet passed away Thursday, April 05, 2018 at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was born December 23, 1931 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, son of the late Vilas F. Adams and Marion Elizabeth Wallace.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Emma Morris Adams who passed April 08, 2011.

Survivors include his sister Carol Gray of Fairbanks, Alaska; four nephew and one niece. As well as countless close friends who were like family.

Jerry went to the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, played hockey in the Yukon Territory, joined the Candian Army and was a teletype operator in the Korean War. He paid for his college education by working on the DEW line as a teletype operator for the Western Electric Corporation. Jerry was one lucky fellow as he was one of two survivors of a 1953 plane crash in San Francisco Bay. He graduated with a degree in journalism from George Washington University in Washington, D.C, worked for a travel magazine and was a reporter for the Washington Post for a time. He met his wife Emma, when he went to a D.C. Hospital emergency room where she was a nurse. They lived in the Washington area of Virginia. After his stint in journalism he became a car salesmen. They moved to the Myrtle Beach area in 1991 where he worked for the Hadwin White Buick, GMC and Subaru dealer for many years. Jerry was a member of the Civil War Trust, and avid reader of military history and was a friend of Bill’s for the last half century.

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held 7:30 Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Burroughs Funeral Home, 3558 Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

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Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843.651.1440) of Murrells Inlet is assisting the family.