Jacqueline Stewart McGlamory, known affectionately as Jacki or Gran, passed away Thursday, December 14th, 2023 in Greenville, SC at the age of 91 with her loving daughters by her side.
Born on December 13th, 1932 in Macon, GA, she was the daughter of Catherine Virginia Morris and John Frank Stewart. She was also raised and heavily influenced by her beloved paternal grandparents, Lillie Arminda Franklin (Nannee) and Jesse Oliver Stewart (Pop), of Moultrie, GA; and she often recounted memorable stories of spending time as a child on the farm of her maternal grandparents, Eva Kate Dennis (Ma) and Charles Roy Morris (Pa). Despite her struggles with Lewy Body Dementia over the last few years, her fond memories of childhood and loved ones were her favorite topics of conversation.
Jacki graduated high school in Moultrie, GA at the age of 17 and attended Georgia State College for Women followed by Crawford Long School of Nursing. However, upon her marriage (Joseph William Adams), she sacrificed her nursing aspirations and put the needs of others before her own to raise and ensure the well-being of her family. She was a devoted mother to her four children and extended her nurturing care to multiple foster children.
To contribute to the family income, she worked as a surgical technician and as a retail customer service associate. She also made time for volunteer work, manning the hotline for the local suicide prevention organization on a weekly basis. Undeterred, she returned to East Tennessee State University later in life and did, indeed, accomplished her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse.
Jacki took great pleasures in gardening, bird watching, fishing, DIY projects, bargain shopping and reciting poetry (even when her young children might not have appreciated the wisdom of the sentiments she was trying to convey). The beach held a special place in her heart: gentle waves, sandy shores, salty air along with the company of loved ones filled her with tranquility. She also possessed an unwavering passion for genealogy, diligently tracing her family roots; and she instilled this fervor into multiple family members, urging them to continue to pursue their ancestral heritage.
Most who spent time with Jacki frequently commented about her sense of humor and her wit remained sharp until the very end, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew her. She loved jokes and could often disarm people with a practical joke that they weren’t expecting from whom they thought to be a sweet, innocent, and proper lady. She had a playful and mischievous side along with a positive attitude that helped her navigate difficult challenges in life.
As with many in our family Jacki had an extreme love for animals, especially dogs. Sandy, Lady, Warrior, and Andy were surely awaiting her with open paws. She frequently donated money and supplies to local and national animal rescues.
In addition to her parents and grandparents, Jacki was preceded in death by husbands, Joseph William Adams and Jimmy O’Neal McGlamory; her daughter, Jennifer Adams Pressley; her brother, John Frank Stewart, Jr.; her aunt and uncle, Elizabeth Stewart and Ed Shinholser; and granddaughter, Stephanie Renee Baker.
Left to cherish her memory are her beloved children: Alisa A. May (Larry) of Holden Beach, NC; Andrew Woodward Adams of Winston-Salem, NC; and Melissa Adams Hammonds (Kevin) of Greenville, SC. She is also survived by her sister Sheila Brooks of Birmingham, AL. Grandchildren include Samuel Allen May (Angelyn) of Holden Beach, NC; Melonie Parham (Tom) of Kingsport, TN; Adam Pressley of Canton, NC; Elizabeth Pressley of Canton, NC; Brad Adams (Julie) of Charlottesville, VA; and Benjamin Adams of Fayetteville, GA. Additionally, Jacki leaves behind great grandchildren: Harlie Garrison (Chase) of Virginia Beach, VA; Joshua Baker (Kasey) of Virginia Beach, VA; Cassidy Baker of Milton FL; Gabriel Baker of Milton, FL; Kaylie May of El Paso, TX; Nathan May of Vilseck, Germany; Rylie McCabe (Bryan) of Virginia Beach, VA; Ryen McCabe of Fayetteville, NC; Bryson Livesay of San Diego, CA; Kadie Parham of Kingsport, TN; Sienna Pressley of Bethesda, MD; Ava Adams of Fayetteville, GA; and Ali Adams of Fayetteville, GA, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws
The family will gather to honor Jacki’s life on Saturday, February 24 Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Downtown Greenville, SC, on February 24th with a visitation from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. followed by a service at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prisma Hospice of the Foothills, an animal rescue of your choosing, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.
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