October 22, 2020

Mrs. Margaret Adams

Mrs. Margaret Kathleen Edgeworth Adams, aged 92, passed away peacefully at her home in Ellenwood, GA on Aug. 25, 2017.

Born March 15, 1925 in Carroll Co. GA, Margaret was the daughter of Richard Lee Edgeworth of Carrollton and Minnie Mae Crockett Edgeworth, formerly a native Heard Countian.

Margaret had lived with her parents in Heard Co. in 1942 for a short time while working at Callaway’s Dixie Mills in LaGrange. There she had met and later married L. Lewis Adams, a native Heard Countian. They married in Heard County on May 30, 1943.

L. Lewis Adams joined the US Navy in May 1944 and Margaret lived in LaGrange with her in-laws, continuing her job while Lewis did his tour of duty.

Over the years they had four children, intermittently moving back and forth between Heard and Troup Counties while working at the Mills. Margaret had become a “stay at home mom” about 1951 and her whole family loved that. They attended Centralhatchee Baptist Church and later Franklin Methodist Church.

During the summer of 1959 Lewis’s job took them to Coweta County and Newnan became their home for many years. There Margaret was an active member of Jehovah’s Witnesses until Lewis’s job as a welder took them to Fulton County in 1964.

Margaret went to work at Egan Textile Mills in East Point during 1965 and continued there until about 1973 when she became a Home Health Care Worker. She had become “Nanny” with the birth of her first grandson in 1966.

By 1978 she again became a “stay at home mom” when her youngest daughter moved into her home and Margaret raised her three children. Margaret was very active in their lives, driving them to school, sports, cheerleading, church and other social events while their mother worked to support the family. During these years, she also babysat for neighborhood children who began calling her “Nanny”.

In 1992 she began raising two of her great-grandchildren there at their home in College Park and they called her Nanny. She eventually became Nanny to the community, our extended families, and the last Church she attended.

Her passion was her family first, and then her flowers, reading books and cooking huge holiday meals. Her yard at her home in College Park was filled with roses, peonies, lilies, Dutch kiera, a multitude of annuals and other exotic plants.

She would not let anybody else cut her grass, afraid they would cut down one of her plants. She would not let anybody cut or pick her flowers as she didn’t want to “make them die” as she called it.

Her home was filled with family, extended family and sometimes strangers every major holiday of the year.

In 2004 she and her daughter’s family moved to Ellenwood, GA and she still cut her own grass, though the space for flowers was more limited. A special treat for her was to go to the Farmer’s Market at Forrest Park and pick out trays of any flowers she wanted, and take them to Ellenwood to plant.

Eventually her gardening became picking out the flowers, getting baskets and potting soil, and planting her many, many hanging baskets for the porch. It was always a must that she get her hands in the dirt each spring, even if the family had to put it in her lap.

In 2008, while celebrating her 83rd birthday, she fell, broke her femur and dislocated her hip. They said she probably would never walk again. She did, using her wheelchair as a walker.

In Oct. 2013 Margaret was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration and it stole most of her sight. She took steroid shots in each eye bi-monthly until the winter of 2017. She could barely see our faces, but anybody who came into her home never knew that unless she told them.

The biggest highlight of her life during this time was joining the James Stewart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in October 2014. She was 89 years old and used her maternal ancestry of Heard County to enter. Margaret’s strength, her optimism, and her wonderful enjoyment of life have been an inspiration to many, many people.

A memorial service for Mrs. Adams will be held at Unity Baptist Church of Stockbridge, GA (75 Valley Hill Rd Stockbridge, GA 30281) with the Rev. Ernie Dorries officiating and family members eulogizing.

A reception, given by the Ladies of the Church and family will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Her cremains will be placed near her daughter at the family plot in Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan GA during a service being held September 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM by the James Stewart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, two nephews, her Adams sisters and brothers-in-law family and two of her oldest children: Vicki Adams and Leamon Adams.

She is survived by daughters Kathy Adams Jenkins of Franklin and Juana Adams Byess of Ellenwood; grandchildren: Jason Jenkins (Kendra), Shayne Byess, Spencer Byess (Lisa) and Katia Byess; great-grandchildren: Matt and Cody Jenkins; Destiny and Chase Byess; Halie, Ian and Jordan Byess; DaJia, Trystan and September Byess; great-great grandchildren: Wesley Jenkins, Leah Williams and Jasper Kennedy.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted by the family for Margaret’s Memorial service and Reception at Unity Baptist Church, Stockbridge GA.

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