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WINTERVILLE, N.C. – Edward John Adams, 78, passed away at the Palliative Care Center on Thursday, July 26, 2018, after a short battle with lung cancer.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Ed at St. Peter Catholic Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. A reception will be held in the Spiritual Life Center immediately following the service. Internment will take place at the St. Peter Catholic Church columbarium at a later date.

Ed was born to Louis Paholec Adams and Margaret Elizabeth Steiner in Youngstown, on May 15, 1940. He was forever proud of his Smokey Hollow roots.

Ed began his career in communications starting in sales at The Youngstown Vindicator and later, the Washington Post. He moved on to sales manager for WFMJ radio and then to general manager of WFMJ-TV in Youngstown. He joined the Park Communications Group where he held the positions of general manager of WUTR-TV in Utica, N.Y. and then WNCT-TV in Greenville, N.C.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Louis Adams and sisters, Margaret Petrone and Virginia Powell.

Ed was an honorable man who saw the good in everyone. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Ann (O’Donnell) Adams; son Jeffrey Adams; daughters Nora Adams Corbett and Elizabeth Adams; grandchildren Ian and Jack Corbett, and Emma and Isaac Post; and brother in law, Ed Powell, who was more of a brother than an in-law. Several nieces and nephews mourn the loss of their Uncle Ed.

Special thanks to Bob and Pattie Weisenberger for their invaluable support over these past few months. Also, thank you Vanessa. Your beautiful smile and calming spirit gave Ed and his family great comfort.

A Mass for Ed will be said at St. Cyril & Methodius Church in Youngstown, at a later date.

Arrangements by the Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory in Greenville.

Please visit www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send online condolences.

Guestbook Entries


“Dear Ann, I am shocked and saddened over the news of Ed's passing. He was such a big part of my life at WMFJ. He made me the best salesperson he could and I will never forget him for that. I am so glad he reached out to me on the internet the last few years. All my love and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. Love, Lynn”

 » Lynn Kirkwood on July 27, 2018


“So sorry to hear this news. I remember the days at my Aunt Margaret's House in Smokey Hollow..visiting Pa in the garage. Ed (nick name Manace) was my God-father and a great role model for me. My thoughts and prayers go out to my second cousins Jeff, Nora, Beth and Aunt Ann. ”

 » Mike Steiner on July 29, 2018

Condolences and fond memories

“My sincere condolences to Ed’s family. I will always remember him as Mantis as in Praying Mantis a nickname given (I think) by my grandfather (Pa-Ed Steiner Sr.) after Ed went to a seminary for a few years. Mantis had the best laugh and a great sense of humor. My prayers and sympathy to those of you missing him.”

 » Marilyn Steiner on August 12, 2018

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