William “Bill” Adams
William “Bill” Adams died peacefully on February 11, 2023 at the age of 75.
He was born to William Adams and Marion Hurt Adams in Richmond, VA. He grew up in Williamsburg, VA, and graduated from York High School in 1965. His fondest early memories were of summers spent at his beloved grandparents’ home in Keysville, VA, where he worked on their tobacco farm and memorized the words to every Elvis Presley song.
After high school, Bill served his country in the United States Air Force. As the first member of his family to go to college, he graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1972, and then earned a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the Medical College of Virginia.
He had a long and distinguished career as a hospital CEO with Hospital Corporation of America, and he was proud of his distinction as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. As a leader, he was dearly loved by his colleagues and was known for being exceptionally compassionate towards patients and family members.
Bill loved music, singing karaoke, and Elvis Presley. He loved the state of Virginia, bluebirds, and peanut butter. Bill was a die-hard Washington Redskins fan, and he thought the movie “Peggy Sue Got Married” was the best movie ever made. Bill was the life of the party and told the best stories, jokes, and riddles. Bill’s greatest love, however, was his family.
His legacy of love endures in those who cherished him the most: his wife of 36 years, Rebecca Adams; his daughter Jennifer Adams Cashwell (and fiancé David Scheiderer); his grandchildren William Grey Cashwell, Jackson Cashwell, and Sidney Cashwell; his sister Bonnie Adams Rote and her husband William Rote; his nephews Christopher Rote (and wife Sarah) and Michael Rote (and wife Lauren); his great-nephew Desi; and former wife and lifelong friend, Marylee Dawson.
A memorial service will be held at Amory Funeral Home in Yorktown, VA, on Wednesday February 22, 2023 at 10:00 am.
A burial will follow at Washington Memorial Cemetery in Sandston, VA, at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association in Bill’s name.