Mrs. Carrie Moore Adamson

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Carrie Moore Adamson, wife of the late Raymond J. Adamson and honorary president of the Augusta Genealogical Society, entered into rest on July 6, 2011 at Kentwood Nursing Facility, in Augusta, GA. A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way Ext., Augusta. Visitation in the church parlor will follow the service. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, at a later date. A native of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania with Scotch-Irish paternal and German maternal lines to the colonial 18th century, Carrie was the daughter of Edward Parks Moore and Stella Narehood Moore. She attended Thompson College before her engagement to Raymond J. Adamson of Naugatuck, Connecticut. After their marriage in June, 1947, she resumed studies at the University of Connecticut and then accompanied Ray overseas to post-war Europe for 3 s years. Stationed in Germany, they made many lasting friendships among other army couples. When Ray was commanding his men in the field (one of whom was a young recruit named Elvis Presley), Carrie organized her own research trips in Europe and enjoyed her interest in photography. Remaining at Fort Knox, KY, while Ray was on assignment in Korea, Carrie coordinated "Destination Korea" which raised huge amounts of food and clothing for Korean orphanages. She was also society editor of the post newspaper and hosted a weekly radio show. Later, she spent one year in Japan in independent study of Japanese culture and history. Crossing the Pacific on a barge with a group of missionaries bound for Asia, she lodged with an organization under the leadership of an Irish nun known as "Sensei" who won international fame for her humanitarian work and for her conversion of some of the former Japanese war generals to Christianity. Assignments on various posts in the states in Civil Affairs eventually led to Georgia, where the Adamson's became residents in 1964. Lt. Col. Adamson served in Vietnam and Carrie served as president of the Fort Gordon Officers Wives Club. After his last assignment at Fort Gordon, the couple made decisions to reside permanently in Augusta and to attend the University of Georgia. Ray earned his J.D. degree from the UGA School of Law, and Carrie graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Journalism and recognition by Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. She was president of the Augusta Friends of the Library and served on the commission for the 200th Celebration of the Founding of Augusta. Known for her interest in history and genealogy, Carrie was a frequent speaker to civic and education organizations. Her greatest community impact, however, began in the summer of 1979 after speaking to a group at the Augusta Public Library. Enthusiasm for the channeling of genealogical interests led to the formation of the Augusta Genealogical Society with Carrie as chartering president and later as librarian and editor of the monthly newsletter Southern Echoes, the journal Ancestoring, and the Ancestoring Monograph Series, as well as a nationally publicized genealogy book, Genealogical Letters: When Your Ox Is In the Ditch. She also edited an acclaimed Summerville Cemetery (Augusta) book published by AGS in 1990. Speaking to groups throughout the Southeast, her lectures often emphasized migration patterns of the Scotch-Irish and other ethnic groups into the South. She was a lecturer in 1988 and 1992 at National Genealogical Society conferences. A graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research, Washington, D.C., Carrie attended and lectured at Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and was on faculty from 1990-2004. Known locally as "the cemetery lady" for conducting innumerable tours of local cemeteries, especially Summerville and Magnolia, she was the recipient of a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History for research and interpretation of Augusta, Georgia cemeteries. During the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Augusta Genealogical Society in 2004, a bronze plaque was unveiled at the entrance of the AGS library to name the building in honor of charter members # 1/1A Raymond and Carrie Adamson. Carrie was honored in 2005 by the Georgia Humanities Council with the Governor's Award, the first presented in the field of genealogy, and in 2008 by the Georgia Archives for Lifetime Achievement. Archives Director David Carmichael called her "first and foremost a genealogist" during a long career of teaching thousands of researchers to locate their ancestors. The AGS Adamson Library, 1109 Broad Street, is her legacy. Its founding is her gift to Augusta, her adopted Southern city. Many members of AGS became her extended family for several decades. She treasured her friends Elizabeth Swink and the late John Swink, Sarah Montgomery, Ruth Shaw, Jerry Scott, Octavia Garlington, Mae Rachels, Georgia Lane, Jean Smith and Janice Johnson. She was reared as a Methodist but became a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Augusta in later years. She also made friends among the nursing staff at Kentwood in Augusta who provided excellent care and concern. Carrie was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Adamson, her parents, and brothers Earl Edward "Bud" Moore, and Leonard Parks Moore. Family members include cousins Martha Showden, Wilson Narehood, and Nancy Narehood Taylor, nieces Rhonda Moore Williams and Susan Moore Narehood, all of Pennsylvania, niece Gail Moore of New York, nephew Dale Moore of New Hampshire, and Ray Adamson's niece Kathy Adamson Romaniello of Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Augusta Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 3743 Augusta, GA 30914-3743 or to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way Ext., Augusta, GA 30909. Please sign the guestbook and send condolences at; www.plattsfuneralhome.com Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904, 706-733-3636

The Augusta Chronicle-July 11, 2011


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