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Hundreds Honor Former Mayor Adams

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Hundreds of people packed Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church Thursday night to reflect on the life of former Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams.

The church overflowed with pain and grief spiced with great memories of Savannah's first elected black mayor.

"My father was the real estate agent that sold Floyd his building at the Herald and my mother and father were one of his early supporters when he ran for mayor," said former Savannah City Alderman Jeff Felser.

Mayor Floyd Adams' death shocked and saddened the city and prompted scores of condolences and touched off a round of reflections at his visitation.

Felser credits Mayor Adams with helping him get started in politics.

Ironically, Felser ended up running against him for mayor.

"Well yes, but you know what he was such a gentleman when we ran that campaign and it was a good experience as well as he always had a kind word for me and I did for him as well," Felser said.

Serving as a progressive mayor, Adams was elected to a second term.

Well-wishers call him a man who lived his life with caring, compassion and dedication to public service.

"There's somewhere that someone says that we can walk with Kings and Queens but not loose the common touch. I think Floyd had that," said former State Senator Diana Harvey-Johnson. "He was concerned about children, he was concerned about the elderly and then he moved across all socioeconomic lines in the community so that's what I think made him a very good public servant."

Felicia Shuman came out tonight to join the other mourners.

"Me and his son played ball together. He would come out and take pictures of us. And I get the opportunity to let him know that I thank him and I appreciate him just watching over us," said Shuman. "I think that history will say that he was a man of the people and that he was the quintessential person for Savannah."

A host of speeches were given tonight.

Proclamations in honor of Mayor Adams came from Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson and State Senator Lester Jackson delivered the proclamation from Governor Nathan Deal.

Adams' funeral is tomorrow at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church located at 8412 Whitfield Avenue.

WSAV will be streaming Adams' funeral at wsav.com.

 

 

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