Rafford Julius Adams, 84, of Taylorsville passed away at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilkesboro on Monday, May 20, 2019, after a period of declining health.

Born to Philmore and Emma Lou Adams, Rafford worked in the textile industry as a preventive maintenance technician until his retirement, was a member at East Taylorsville Baptist Church since 1976 and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed shooting pool, painting, camping and woodworking, and loved spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, Rafford was preceded in death by three brothers, Ed, Walt and Clyde Adams, and a sister, Vera Osborne.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife of 59 years, Myrtle Adams; his daughters, Gail (Nick) Mossholder of Taylorsville and Phyllis (Jimmy) Blevins of Moravian Falls; two grandsons, Anthony (Courtney) Benson of Glendale Springs and Joshua Benson of Moravian Falls; his soon-to-be great-grandson, Noah David Benson of Glendale Springs; a sister, Francis McManus of Wilkesboro; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at East Taylorsville Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 2 until 3:15 p.m., with the funeral service following at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Jamie Steele and the Rev. Gary Jennings officiatied. Burial followed at Hiddenite Cemetery in Hiddenite, with military rites by Disabled American Veterans Chapter 84.

Pallbearers included Nick Mossholder, Jimmy Blevins, Anthony Benson, Joshua Benson, Ronnie Barnes, Chris Barnes, Mark Adams and Mark Jarvis.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service. Condolences may be expressed at www.alexfuneralservice.com.

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