William H. Adams - A Legacy of Community Service
William H. “Bill” Adams had a distinguished record of public service at the local and national levels. He was very active in the Columbus Public Schools, volunteering as a member of the Parent Advisory Committee at the East Columbus Elementary School for over sixteen years. Adams was dedicated to changing the world one child, one neighborhood and one community at a time.
In May of 2000, Mr. Adams was elected Franklin County Ward Committeeman (Ward 26), Democratic Central Committee and received the endorsement of The Honorable Joyce Beatty, then State Representative. Bill Adams worked tirelessly to elect Congresswoman Beatty to the U.S. House of Representatives from the 3rd District and to elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.
William Adams served many government and civic groups, promoting community pride, neighborhood development, education awareness and crime reduction:
On June 8, 2013, the City of Columbus, under the leadership of his good friend Mayor Micheal Coleman, renamed the William H. Adams Community Center at Krumm Park in his honor. On November 5, 2015, he was posthumously inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. Affectionately known as “Buster” to friends and family, Adams died November 15, 2012, at age 83, leaving behind a legacy of service to his community.
Memorial Service 2017
A brief memorial service marking the 5th anniversary of the passing of William Adams was held on Sunday, November 19th, prior to the East Columbus Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Carol Maddox was inducted into the Foundations Circle of Village Elders for her service in coordinating the dinner for 15 years. She was also honored with a resolution from the Columbus City Council presented by Councilmembers Jaiza Page and Shannon Hardin. State Reprehensive Hearcel Craig was also in attendance.
I realized early on that kids need sports and they need activities that elevate their social skills and self esteem.
Bill Adams was motivated by an unshakable belief in the potential of a neighborhood and its children.
He works really well with all of the children, but he is especially effective with our boys. They look up to him and are eager to be around him. I’m happy he’s around as a role model for our young men.
Mr. Adams was an amazing individual whose passionate advocacy for veterans, students and neighborhoods was unparalleled.
Bill Adams: Community Champion
Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, November 5, 2015
W. H. Adams Youth Foundation Launch Press Release, May 26, 2014
Recreation Center Renamed to Honor Community Champion, June 8, 2013
Remembering Bill Adams, Eastside Legend, TV-6 Profile, December 2012
Community Champion Bill Adams, TV-6 Profile Video, September 2012
ABC 6 On Your Side Champions Special, Update, September 2014
Fletcher Lee, Community Champion Lee, Scoutmaster, TV-6 Profile
Honoring Ohio's Korean War Vets, Dept. of Veteran Services, July 27, 2012
Bill Adams Supports Columbus City Council, November 3, 2011
East Columbus Devoted Volunteer, Columbus Call & Post, March 14, 2012
City Attorney Pfeiffer Newsletter, December, 2012
Volunteer Serves Young and Old, Summit Trace Healthcare
Hawaiian Legacy Tree Honors William Adams, November, 2013
William H. Adams Obituary, Columbus Dispatch, November 2012
Selma 50th Anniversary