Curtis "Dump" Adams

October 24, 1951 ~ September 14, 2021 (age 69)


Curtis Adams of Gadsden, SC departed this life on September 14, 2021, when his late father and mother, David Gay Adams and Amy Smith Adams, came to “get their boy.” Curtis loved his family, who affectionately referred to him as “Dump” or “Uncle Dump.” He was special, and everyone who met him was blessed to experience his beautiful personality.

As a young boy, Curtis developed a love of music and learned to play the lead guitar. He played so well that other musicians in the Gadsden area would bring him their guitars for tuning. He especially loved quartet music and could sing verbatim any tune from the Canton Spirituals or the Jackson Southerners. One of his favorite activities was attending Sunday Service at Temple of Faith Bibleway Church where he would stand up, clap and sing to every song the choir sang.

Curtis enjoyed the simple things in life, like a cold orange soda and a cinnamon roll, or a honey bun. However, he was very particular in that he always knew what he wanted and how he wanted things done. Oftentimes, you could find him “instructing” his sister, Thomasenia, on how to prepare his grits and eggs in the mornings or reminding her to administer his medication at 4:00 p.m. everyday.

 Curtis always kept those who cared for him on their toes and made sure that they never missed a beat. His family at Palmetto Senior Care (or “School” as he called it) knew this all too well. They affectionately referred to Curtis as “Boss Man” because he made sure they knew exactly who was in charge. Every morning he looked forward to riding in the front seat next to Richard who transported him to Palmetto Senior Care. He loved his Palmetto Family because they cared for him so well.

Curtis loved to look nice. He was not a flashy dresser, but he enjoyed dressing up. Whenever he wore a new suit, the steps in his signature walk got a little higher. It was like he walked to the sound of the music in his head. Because of his style, some referred to him as “Cool Breeze.”

Curtis loved his community and the people in it. He never met a stranger. He knew every family in Gadsden and just how each family was interconnected. He especially enjoyed sharing stories about his brothers and sisters, and lit up any time he received a visit or spent a weekend with one of them

Curtis was predeceased by his mother, father and brother-in-law, Michael Prophet.

To cherish his memory are his three brothers: David (Cora) Adams, Jr.; Lawrence (Joan) Adams; James (Jeannie) Adams, Sr.; his six sisters: Alice (Benjamin) Garrick; Willie Ann (Henry) Watson; Thomasenia (Clifford) Myers; Thelma Prophet; Novia (Mitchell) Sims; Esther (Curtis) Huguenin; a special brother, Curtis Huguenin, Jr., his aunt, Mary Bannister, his uncle Roy Smith and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends

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September 18, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home
2930 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

Funeral Service
September 19, 2021

12:00 PM
Temple of Faith Bible Way Church
2850 Congaree Road
Gadsden, SC 29052

Interment (TBD)

Temple of Faith Bible Way Church Cemetery
2850 Congaree Road
Gadsden, SC 29052

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