Day Macz - Irvin Macz Funeral Homes & Cremation Center, Centralia, Odin, Sandoval, Illinois, Patoka, IL. Funeral Home in Southern Illinois, serving South-Central Illinois.

George Adams


September 5, 1916
May 22, 2018

Funeral 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 02, 2018 at New Bethel Church in Centralia
Visitation 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 01, 2018 at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia

George Albert Adams, of Centralia, Illinois died Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018, after a short illness at the Veterans Rehabilitative Center in Marion Illinois.

He was born on September 5, 1916 to the union of Andrew Burn and Elizabeth (Offut) Adams in Centralia, Illinois. George never married but helped to raise many of his great nieces and nephews after being discharged from the U.S. Army.

George leaves to cherish his memory; nephews, Hubie Lee Downey Sr., of Belleville; Paulrice Downey, of Joliet, Il., Otis Downey, of Centralia; niece, Marcusdine Georgia Wills; great nieces, Connie Wills-Jones (Carlos), of CA, Clintonia "Toni" Wills-McCray (Patrick) of CA; Stacy Pitman, Atlanta, April Disroe, of Mt. Vernon, IL GA, Crystal Matthews, of Atlanta, GA, Bernetia Downey, of Waukegan, IL, Hedayko Alexander, of Austin,TX, LaDonna Todd, of Austin, TX, Leann Curry, of San Antonio, Tx; Luanna Cheatam, of Pine Bluff, AK, Julie Adams of Tacoma, WA, Jill Heather, of Chicago, Jill Heather Johnson, of Chicago, IL; great nephews, Hubie Lee Downey Jr. (Carolyn), of Centralia; Anthony Edwin Wills, of CA, Carlos Downey, of Houston, TX, Lemual Flagg, of Atlanta, GA, Kevin Downey, of Waukegan, IL, Laverne Sir Curry, of Austin, TX, Allen Downey of Waukegan, IL, Mark Downey, of Waukegan, IL, Marc Downey, of Chicago, IL, Wade Downey, of Waukegan, IL, Pasquinel Downey, of Collinsville, IL, Seko Alexander, of Austin, TX; extended family, Phillip and Bae Bae Offut, of Centralia, Rev. Val Powe (Colleen) of Centralia, Naomi Offut, of Centralia, Dara Offut, of St. Louis, James Offut, of Peoria. George was a host of many family members and friends.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Burn and Elizabeth (Offut) Adams; grandparents; brother, John Adams; sisters, Clintonia Downey, Anis Elizabeth Downey, Phyliss Downey; nephews, Ron Adams, Cornelius Downey, Charles Downey, Laverne Curry, Lionell Downey Sr.; niece, Nancy Cambell; great nephew, Lionell Downey Jr.; great niece, Concetta Young; cousin, Harold Brown.
George served in the United States Army during World War II and did a tour in New Guinea. George was honorably discharged in April, 1946 and received honors such as the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. George was a member of the American Legion in California and Texas. George was so proud of his service to his country he even had a flag hanging in his apartment.

George was involved in his community in that he served as Grand Marshall for the annual Veteran's 4th of July parade in 2014. He was an active participant during the displaying of 400 flags by the Daughters of the Revolution; he was honored and recognized by the Mayor and City of Centralia and a George Adams Day was proclaimed for him on July 15. He was invited to speak at the Democratic monthly meeting in 2017 and George was thrilled to be able to tell of his adventures throughout his lifetime. George always remembered people's birthdays and would send cards or for any occasion.

George loved to dance and sing and was always playing music in his place. He could play the piano and was taught to play the bugle in the military. He loved to dance and could outlast even the youngsters he danced with. He would walk to the bar across the street from where he lived and hang out with the owners, Kim or April and they would see that he got home safely. George celebrated his 101st birthday at the Outback Bar in 2017 and he danced all night again. He said his night was not complete unless he danced. He loved to travel and was still living independently until a few months ago. George loved eating out and knew every place in Centralia and the people knew him. George was loved by many and will be greatly missed, his laughter, his dancing, and his stories.

George loved beautiful things and was so good at decorating the places he lived. Everything in his house had a history behind it, be it something he picked up on his travels during the military or if he just went on a shopping spree or he just came across at item while doing something else. He and his great nephew, Otis Downey continued to maintain the yard and plant flowers where he grew up after George moved back to Centralia some years ago to care for his ailing mother.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 02, 2018 Rev. Ron Johnson officiating at New Bethel Church in Centralia. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded in his honor by the Centralia VFW Post 2055 and American Legion Post 446. Friends and family are invited to visiting hours from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 01, 2018 at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia. Memorials may be made in George’s honor to the New Bethel Church building fund and can be given at the funeral home.

Arrangements are in the care of Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia. Online condolences and memories of George may be shared with the family at and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.