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James K. Adams, 86, of Jupiter, Florida, died June 3 at his farm in Carlisle.  He was born Oct. 23, 1927, in Carlisle to Kenneth McConnell Adams and Hazel Blanche (Fickel) Adams.

He served in the Merchant Marines during WWII and in 1948 he married Arlene L. Fuller.  Jim held a variety of jobs in the transportation and logistics industry as he began his career.  In 1961, he founded Dauphin Terminals and subsequently Dauphin Distribution Services, Fostoria Distribution Services, Transolidate Plus, and several other warehouse-related companies. He served as founder, chairman, president and CEO and was a pioneer and leader in establishing and developing the logistics industry in Central Pennsylvania. He was a charter member of the Harrisburg Traffic Club.

Following retirement and relocation to Jupiter, Florida, he served as President of the Jonathan’s Landing Property Owners’ Association and Commodore of the Jonathan’s Landing Yacht Club. Jim was a lifelong antique car collector, a 50 plus year member of the Hershey Region Antique Car Club, Gettysburg Region AACA, and a nationally-known collector of Packards, brass-era cars, and classic vehicles from the 1920s through the 1960s.  He and Arlene established the James K. and Arlene L. Adams Foundation, a scholarship fund which has and continues to provide financial assistance to college students since 1993.

In addition to his loving and devoted wife, he is survived by one son, James II and wife Jane, daughter, Dr. Kathy and husband Ken Purcell, two sisters, Barbara Brehm and Elizabeth Adams, grandchildren: James III, Lindsay, and John Adams, Ali and Carrie Purcell and great-grandchildren: Jude and Caleb Adams and Laleh Almassian and countless friends who will miss him deeply.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle.  Pastor David Willard will officiate.  Immediately following the service, a time of fellowship will be held at the West Shore Country Club, 100 Brentwater Rd., Camp Hill.  Burial will be privately held at the CALA-J Farm.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the James K. and Arlene L. Adams Foundation, c/o David Radcliff, Esq., 1011 Mumma Rd., Ste. 201, Lemoyne, PA 17043.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.  Jim Sr was a great guy and did a lot of good things for this area.

Mike & Katie Carr

Jim was a true original and a great guy. He was one of the first to welcome me into the club as a new teenage car collector back in the 70's when many of the "old guard" weren't so accepting of young guys with old cars. Despite his successes he never forgot who his friends were. I'll never forget the good times we had on tours and at shows, and the pig roasts. "Big Daddy's passing leaves a void that will never be filled, but we will always carry the many memories he left behind, and those of us who were fortunate enough to know him, and spend time with him, are all the richer for it. Arlene, Jim & Kathy, our sympathies and prayers are with you.

Bob Nauman

 I am so sorry for your loss.  I worked at Dauphin Distribution and during those days, when he saw you outside of work, he would always socialize with you.  He was a brillant man and carring man that will be missed

Judy (Weber) Killinger

My heart is broken. Last time I saw Jim at a car show I knew he was getting 'tired'. He truly surprised me in 2012 when he purchased a new Rolls Royce to be displayed along with his 1912 Rolls at the Pine School in Hobe Sound. I told him I wanted a display of "100 Years of Cars" and WOW, it was fantastic. He helped me raise quite a bit of money for our Patriot Scholarship Fund at that car show. My husband and I will look forward to seeing Jim again in Heaven. Our love to Arlene and the rest of the family.

Rocky (Rachelle) & Henry Grady

Our condolences to all or Jim's family. We are forever thankful for the opportunities that he provided to us and to so many other families in Central PA.  He will always be in our hearts.

Tim and Lisa Carricato

The lives of so many were changed by this wonderful man, directly, or indirectly. I was unaware of his service time, which makes me think even more honorable of a great man. My condolences.

Fred B. Kuhn

So sorry to hear that Mr. Adams passed. My condolences to the family.

Ken Seese ( Dauphin Dist. Sevices )

Our thoughts and prayers to the family, especially Arlene. I worked for Jim as his secretary until I got married in '71. He was a very kind, hard working man. Rest in Peace Jim.

Valerie (Williard) Sites
I send my heartfelt condolences to Arlene and the Adams family. Through our shared interest in cars, I've enjoyed many meetings with Jim. From car shows in Florida to a tour of ancient cars visiting Owls Head in Maine, Jim's smile always lit up the event and cast his warmth over all who knew him. My favorite story about Jim was when the 100 Years of Cars show wanted to celebrate the 100 years of Rolls Royces, Jim not only brought his car from their first year, he went out and bought a new one so we could have both cars on display. A real gentleman of old school charm and sharp of wit, he will be sorely missed by all of us.
John Payson

Jim was a great friend. He was always cheerful and fun to be around. We'll miss the "son of a gun" stories and most of all his hospitality to us. God bless him and may he rest in peace.
Arlene and family you have our deepest sympathy.

Adam and Carol Holzhauer. San Antonio, TX
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