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Mark Emerson Adams Jr.

FORT MILL -- Mr. Mark Emerson Adams Jr., 78, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007, at home.

A funeral mass will be held at noon Saturday, July 21, 2007 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, with Father John Giuliani, Father Ed McDevitt, and Father Fabio Refosco officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Born March 9, 1929 in Lorain, Ohio, Mr. Adams was a son of the late Mark Emerson Adams Sr. and Marie Catherine Fagan Adams. He was a retired salesman. Mr. Adams was a founding member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and was in the Knights of Columbus IV degree. He volunteered at Pilgrim's Inn for more than 25 years.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Mary "Betty" Adams; four sons, Mark Adams and wife, Karen of Lakeland, Fla., Michael Adams and partner, David Freely of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Thomas Adams and wife, Susan of Fort Mill, S.C., and James Adams of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two daughters, Susan Winchell and husband, George of Lake Wylie, S.C., and Nora Adams and partner, Mary Goodwin of Baltimore, Md.; his sister, Betty Simison of Redondo Beach, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Gettan.

Memorials may be made to Pilgrim's Inn, P.O. Box 11328, Rock Hill, SC 29731; St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Rd., Fort Mill, SC 29715; or to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 1230 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732.