Ms. Jettie M. Adams, the daughter of the late William Bradford Adams, Sr., and the late Louise (Hilton) Adams, was born September 26, 1933, in Charleston, South Carolina. On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Jettie answered the Master’s call in Savannah, Georgia.
She attended and graduated from elementary school in Charleston, SC. In 1949, while a student at Immaculate Conception High School in Charleston, S.C., her dad’s job reassigned him to Savannah, GA, (her dad was a brakeman for the Atlantic Coast railroad), and the family had to relocate. In Savannah, Jettie attended and was a proud graduate of Alfred E. Beach High School (class of 1952). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Savannah State College (now Savannah State University), class of 1956, and a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education from Savannah State College/Armstrong State College, class of 1978.
While attending Savannah State College, Jettie was inducted in 1954 into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Delta Nu Chapter. She went on to become a Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and in 2002 was bestowed the Dorothy Taylor Sisterhood Award by the Savannah Alumnae Chapter.
Jettie loved people, especially children. She was an elementary school teacher in the Chatham County Public School system for many years before her retirement. Even after she retired, Jettie continued to mentor and assist Savannah youngsters. She had a love for writing and wrote the column “Around Town,” in the Savannah Herald newspaper, for over 35 years. Jettie and her sister, the late Liberty County Magistrate Judge, Alfreta L. Adams, were very close. She helped Alfreta raise her two children Pamela and Tyrone Adams. Jettie and Alfreta were stalwart Community Activists during the Civil Rights Era. They were also Life Members of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association. Jettie was also a proud, longtime, very active member of the Chatham County/Savannah League of Women Voters.
At a very early age Jettie accepted Christ as her Savior and was a dedicated and loyal member of St. John Baptist Church, The Mighty Fortress, Savannah, GA., for over 60 years. Jettie was actively involved in a broad array of social and civic organizations. Over the years, she received numerous awards and recognitions. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made In Memory of Jettie M. Adams to Delta Sigma Theta Endowed Scholarship Fund, c/o SSU Office of University Advancement, 32 College Street, Savannah, GA 31404.