James Richard "Rick" McAdams died peacefully in the loving presence of his family in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 12, 2017 after an extended illness. He was 86. Rick is survived by his daughter Virginia Eleanor "Lynn" Thompson of Greensboro, his son Richard H. McAdams of Chicago; his son-in-law John P. Thompson and daughter-in-law Anna-Maria Marshall; his brother Robert Michael McAdams, of Amarillo, Texas; his grandsons Taylor Thompson, Caleb Thompson, and Joshua Thompson; and his devoted step-children Margaret and Gene Johnson, Katherine Gould Bond, and Susan Gould Love. He is preceded in death by his wife of thirty-seven years, Katherine Kilgore Gould McAdams, of Charlotte; his brother James Glen McAdams, Jr., of Burlington; his brother David Sargent McAdams, of Raleigh; and his former wife Anne Holt McAdams, of Charlotte. Rick was born on December 24, 1930 in Burlington, North Carolina to James Glen McAdams and Eleanor Sargent McAdams. He graduated from Burlington High in 1949 and Duke University in 1953. After two years in the United States Army and an honorable discharge, he worked for IBM for 32 years in Tampa, Florida, Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia; White Plains, New York, and mostly, Charlotte, NC. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, most recently St. Stephen UMC in Charlotte. In retirement, he served on the Lake Norman Marine Commission and chair of the Lincoln County Republican Party, but was willing to pass on before the next presidency. An adventurous soul, Rick enjoyed traveling, skiing, camping, canoeing, and sailing with his wife Katherine. He and Katherine were long-time members of Charlotte's Friendship Force Club, visiting Denmark and Kyrgyzstan, and hosting citizens visiting the United States. He was an avid fan of Chinese food, amusement parks, science-fiction and spy stories, Carolina Panthers football, and anything caramel. He really loved to talk. And he was fiercely devoted to and proud of his children and always made certain they knew it. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 pm, Monday, January 16, 2017 at Lambeth-Troxler Funeral Home, 300 W. Wendover Ave, Greensboro. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rick's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, https://www.hospicegso.org/donate/ , or the Duke Cancer Institute, https://www.gifts.duke.edu/dci , in memory of Rick McAdams. Online condolences can be made at www.lambethtroxlerfuneralhome.com . The family would like to thank the caregivers at the Arboretum at Heritage Greens for their warm and generous care.
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