1926 –– 2012
Frank Adamson passed away on Feb. 28, 2012 at the age of 85. He was married for 62 years to Mary Polk Adamson, who passed away on Dec. 6, 2010.
He is survived by their four children, Dr. Nancy Adamson, of San Ignacio, Belize, Michael Adamson, of Brazelton, Ga., Starr Adamson, of Atlanta, and Mark Adamson, of Alpharetta: four grandsons and two great-granddaughters; nieces, Susan Claybrook and Carol Ferril, and many special friends, including Jan Adamson, Susan Turner, Adele DesRochers, Kim Harris, and Shirley Turnipseed, and hundreds of others over a lifetime.
Frank’s family moved to Jonesboro in 1929 when his father was elected Sheriff of Clayton County. He attended Jonesboro Elementary and Jonesboro High School. He then attended North Georgia College before entering the U.S. Navy. After release from the Navy in l946, he entered the University of Georgia School of Law.
In l949, he was elected Probate Judge in Clayton County at the age of 22, the youngest elected in Georgia. He served 10 years. At UGA, he met Mary Polk and they were married in Glen Memorial Chapel at Emory on Sept. 10, l949. In l956, Frank entered the race for U.S. Congress from the 4th District of Georgia, but was not successful, though it was a close race.
In l957, he organized and chartered the Bank of Forest Park and was an Officer and Director until selling to Bank South. In l961, the family moved to Hiawassee, and he opened a law practice and then got involved in land development in North Georgia and South Carolina. In the 70s, he began a career in International Banking and was fortunate enough to travel, with his wife, Mary, throughout the world. Frank retired in 2002.
His body was cremated. His family is inviting his friends to join in a Celebration of his Life in the Pavilion at Kingsbridge Retirement Center, 3055 Briarcliff Rd., N.E., at 7 p.m., Friday, March 2.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Glen & Ann Waldrop Scholarship Fund,” c/o Briarcliff Baptist Church, (404) 321-0263. The family will receive visitors between 6 p.m., and 7 p.m., at the Kingsbridge Pavilion. Arrangements are by SouthCare Cremation Society and Memorial Centers in Alpharetta, (678) 735-5500.