Donald Adcox, 88, was called home by his Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Springfield, TN, on May 30, 1920, to Benjamin Franklin and Leota Vaught Adcox. He was a resident of Hendersonville and Laurel Park, NC, since 1946.
Mr. Adcox was of the Baptist faith for more than fifty years and active locally as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He and his wife were on the building committee for the present First Baptist Church Hendersonville sanctuary and charter members of Main Street Baptist Church, a mission of First Baptist Church. He served as a member of the General Board of NC Baptists and as President of the NC Baptist Brotherhood for three years. With Gary Harthcock he was co-founder of the NC Baptist Laymenís Witnessing Foundation. This is a continuing ministry of several Baptist State conventions and is still active in England. He was active along with his wife in leading Witnessing Meetings in churches throughout Eastern America and in England, France, Switzerland, and Austria, and while they were still Communist-controlled, in Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Mr. Adcox was a sought-after speaker in churches and Baptist state conventions and a speaker at the Southern Baptist Convention in Miami. In his latter years he was active in The Gathering, a Christian Fellowship that meets in a home, with an emphasis on the meeting together of believers as an expression of the Body of Christ and in relationship with Him, and on Bible study, prayer with a strong missions emphasis. He was also on the Board of Directors for Source of Light Ministries International, Inc.
Mr. Adcox was founder and Chairman of Ada Company, Inc., a manufacturer of womenís clothing with offices and showroom in New York City. He was also founder and Chairman of Mills River Industries, Inc., a Hendersonville based manufacturer of braided rugs, artist painted furniture, and home accessories with production in Haiti, Mexico, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and China, with distribution in all fifty states. His business travels and church related travels took him to all fifty states and eighty-four countries. He retired in 2001.
Mr. Adcox served in the Signal Corps of the Third Army in France, Germany and Austria in World War Two.
Mr. Adcox was predeceased by his parents and by his greatly loved first grandson, Dana Phillip Congdon. He is survived by his loving wife, Geraldine Gentry Adcox, his wife of 70 years; his first born, Julia Caroline and her husband Dana L. Congdon of New York City; his son, Thomas Franklin and his wife Linda Bell Adcox of Laurel Park; grandson Mark and his wife Suzanne of London, England, and their children, August and Sydney; grandson Eric and his wife Marian of Hendersonville and their children, first-born great-granddaughter Lydia, Emily, Eric, and Sarah; and by a delight of his latter years, Stephanie Elizabeth Adcox, their granddaughter who was adopted at age one from Kazakhstan in 2006 by their son Tom and his wife Linda.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm Saturday, May 30, 2009, at The Chariot on the corner of 7th Avenue W. and Church Street in Hendersonville, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Source of Light Ministries International, 1011 Mission Road, Madison GA 30650 and/or Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Burial was private. The family wishes to thank the staff of Elizabeth House for the wonderful care given to Mr. Adcox. A special thank you to everyone who assisted us during the past months. We are thankful for the prayers and support of so many.
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