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JAMES T. ADAMS SR., DEACON, SINGER
MAY 10, 1916 -- APRIL 21, 2005

James T. Adams Sr., a deacon and former quartet singer, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness. He was 88.

Mr. Adams, who was nicknamed "J.T.," was born in Chester, S.C., and later lived in Kannapolis, N.C., before coming to Buffalo in 1945.

He worked at the Ford assembly plant here and transferred to a Ford plant in Lorain, Ohio, after it closed, retiring in 1985. He returned to Buffalo in 2001 due to poor health.

Mr. Adams had a high-range tenor voice and during the 1950s organized and sang with the a cappella gospel quartet the Sunlight Gospel Singers.

He was an ordained deacon and founding member of Compassion Missionary Baptist Church in Lorain.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Geneva Cheatom; three daughters, Bonnie Copeland, Gillie Richards and Ramona Franklin, all of Buffalo; two sons, Donald of Lorain and Gerald of Odessa, Fla.

Services will be at noon Saturday in Compassion Missionary Baptist Church, Lorain, after a wake from 4 to 6 p.m. today in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain.

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