Much more than a vacancy on the Murray County School Board was created when longtime community leader Frank Adams passed away last week. Given his many endeavors to serve others, his strong personality and his caring demeanor, a huge hole has been left in the heart of the Murray County community.
“He lived to better our community,” said Chatsworth Chief of Police Josh Etheridge. “Frank had his hand in so many civic organizations, he volunteered at so many places, that I don’t know how he had a minute to do anything else.”
Etheridge recounted the time that Adams invited him to speak at a meeting of the Chatsworth Rotary Club, one of the many local organizations that Adams supported with a passion.
“One minute I’m just a guest speaker, the next thing I know, I’m a full-fledged member,” laughed Etheridge. “He had a big personality and an even bigger heart.”
Others were inspired by Adams’ compassion, especially for those who may have hit a rough patch in life.
“I always sent my probationers to him for community service work,” said probation officer Eileen Falazar. “He was a very caring man, he saw the good in everyone.”
Adams was born in 1937 in Murray County, and attended Chatsworth Elementary and Murray County High School. He then attended Lincoln Memorial University and Kennesaw University, where he made the dean’s list at both schools.
He married the former Peggy Lynch of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was barely 20 years old, and they were married for nearly 60 years. Their family now has five children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Adams had a long business career in the tire and automotive industries, mainly in Pittsburgh and Smyrna, Georgia. It was while living in Smyrna that he joined the Keep Smyrna Beautiful organization, where he eventually became president and then National Chairman of the Year.
Adams and his wife retired to Murray County in 2003, where he began a litter pick-up program utilizing community service workers. Soon after, he started Keep Murray Chatsworth Beautiful and an Adopt-A-Mile program. Today, there are more than 70 Adopt-A-Mile volunteer groups in Murray County.
In 2008, he helped create the Murray County Recycling Center.
Adams was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. He had served in many capacities there, such as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, Lay Minister, Elder and President of the congregation.