Former Hamilton County Commissioner Curtis Adams has died. He was 86 years old, and had been in failing health that was accelerated by a recent fall. He was the longest-serving commissioner in Hamilton County history, serving District 8 from 1988 until 2010. He served several terms as chairman of the Commission.

He was also a city manager for East Ridge, and Crossville, Tennessee.  

During his time on the Commission, he also owned and operated Adams Tire Center with his sons, both now deceased. He was married to the love of his life Dot, for 65 years until her death in 2014.  At the time of their marriage in 1949, he was 16 and she was 15.

Read David Carroll's tribute to Curtis Adams, including details of a recent visit, by clicking here.  

Here is the funeral announcement:  

Curtis D. Adams, 86, passed away July 2nd, 2019. He resided in East Ridge, TN for 45 years.

Curtis was a dedicated public servant who loved working for and serving Hamilton County.  He was the longest serving Hamilton County Commissioner in history (1988-2010).  He was a very outspoken member of the commission that never backed down from his opinion and views on any matter. He was also a longtime circulation director and advertising director for the Chattanooga News Free-Press and Times newspapers.  He went to work for Roy McDonald when he was 18 years and grew to love Mr. Roy like a father.  He was a city manager for East Ridge and Crossville, TN.  He was a radio host and had a love for gospel music.  The highlight of each month, was attending the gospel singing that his dear friend, Bill Hullander, hosted at his barn in Apison, Tennessee.  He worked with his wife and sons in their family tire business for several years after retiring from the newspaper. Curtis loved meeting people, marrying couples, telling stories and jokes and working in his yard.  He was a great public speaker and gave hundreds of speeches, usually without a note in sight.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Dorothy “Dot” Adams, his two sons Curtis O. Adams and Michael W. Adams, parents, Rev. Dewey Adams, Estelle Priest, step-father, Morris Priest, and brothers, David and Edward Adams.

He is survived by his two daughters Jennifer (Gus) Hopper, Lookout Mountain, and Debbie (Lynn) Gibson, East Ridge, 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Curtis Adams will be Sunday, 2:30 PM, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Paul McDaniel and Bill Hullander officiating.  Interment will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens, South.

Honorary pallbearers will be all former Hamilton County Commissioners.

Visit to share condolences with the family and view the online memorial tribute.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, and 12:30 – 2:30 PM, Sunday, at the Heritage Funeral Home on Battlefield Parkway.