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Carl Adams Jr. was 91

by | January 13, 2009
Carl Adams Jr. of Adams Produce Co. in Birmingham, AL, died Jan. 10 at the age of 91.

Born April 11, 1917 in Birmingham, Mr. Adams was married to his beloved wife, Betty Bryding DeVore, for 61 years. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama in 1938 and went on to serve during World War II in the European theater, where he earned the Bronze Star.

After the war, Mr. Adams returned to Birmingham and his family's business, Adams Bros. Produce Inc. He became president and treasurer of the company in 1964 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1995. During that time, he sat on numerous boards and committees including the Birmingham Salvation Army Advisory Board, which he served for 30 years.

Mr. Adams is survived by his wife and other family members including those involved in today's business at Adams Produce Co.: his son Carl Adams III, grandson Carl Adams IV and son-in-law John Gentle.

Scott Grinstead, chief executive officer of Adams Produce, said in a press release, "This is a very sad day for the Adams family, friends, the produce industry and our entire organization. Carl Adams Jr. was instrumental in the building of our company, and we will carry on his legacy through hard work and dedication to our employees, our customers and our community."