Frances Gooden Adams

June 6, 2019


Frances Gooden Adams died on Thursday, June 6, 2019, after many years of declining health.  She was born in Bladen County on July 10, 1933  to Alden and Ruth Gooden of Elizabethtown, NC.

She was predeceased  in death by her parents, her husband of 49 years, Enid B. Adams, children; James Warren Adams and wife, Scarlett, infant son; Walter Franklin Adams,  Grandchild; Melissa Britney Phillips, sisters;  Louise Maiden, Betsy Barfield, brothers; McCauley Gooden  and James (Jim) Gooden, close friends; Margaret Warwick, Thelma Parrish and Louise Farah.

She is survived by her children; Debra A. Foster and spouse, Scott, of Elizabethtown, NC, Patricia Lynn McCann and spouse, Kevin of Newport News, VA, grandchildren; Devan M. Foster and spouse, Riley of Somerville, MA and Chandler Dalton Foster and spouse, Sydney Bohn of Charlotte, NC, a sister; Mary Ward and spouse, John M. Ward of Clarkton, NC, sister-in-law; Linda Parnell of Waynesville, MO, many nieces and nephews and dear friend, Larry  Buffkin of Dublin, NC.

Frances was a very loving and caring mother, grandmother and loyal friend to all that knew her.  She was a homemaker, a Cub Scout Den Mother in the sixties, a Sunday school teacher and like her mother, Ruth Gooden, she graduated from Cosmetology school at Bladen Technical Institute(now BCC) in the mid-seventies and briefly became a licensed beautician. She loved working in her flower garden and had a green thumb.  She was also an excellent cook though she did not think so. 

She grew up and worked on the family farm in the Wesley Chapel Church community near Elizabethtown, NC until she married in 1951.  In the seventies, she transferred her membership to Clarkton Methodist Church.  She lived in Bladen County her entire life.

Special thanks for caring from the family to:  Larry Buffkin, Elfie Hester, Sylvia Edwards Batten, Andrew and Abbie McKoy, Jerry and Barbra Bryan, Elizabethtown Nursing Center and Community Hospice.

Graveside services are Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Bladen Memorial Gardens at 11:00 a.m.  Her nephew, Pastor Billy Ward, will be officiating. Visitation will be at the cemetery immediately following the service.  Services are provided  by Carter Funeral Home, Garland, NC.

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Graveside Service
June 11, 2019

11:00 AM
Bladen Memorial Gardens
5381 NC Hwy. 242 S.
Elizabethtown, NC 28337

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