Harriet Heyward Adams, fondly known as "Happy," passed away unexpectedly on
Saturday, February 16, 2019. She was born on December 15, 1941, in Greenwood, SC, to James Edward Heyward and Susanne Elise McKellar Heyward.
Happy graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Home Economics. It was while in Athens that she met her future husband, John Clarence Adams, a pharmacy student. After graduation, they were married in Greenwood on November 6, 1965. They lived in Cartersville briefly before Mr. Adams' assignment with the U.S. Army took them to Fairbanks, Alaska, where their first child, Elise was born. Upon completion of his service, they returned to Cartersville in 1968. They purchased Champion Drugs, later called West Main Pharmacy, where Happy was a wonderful helpmate to John in expanding the business. Her smile and caring attitude endeared her to everyone.
Happy was quite active in the community. She generously committed her time and talents to both the First Presbyterian and Sam Jones United Methodist Churches. She served on the Citizens’s Panel Review with the Juvenile Court. She was a member of the Cartersville Service League and the Laurel Magnolia Ladies Club where she served as Treasurer. She also was on the Board of the League for Animal Welfare. For years, she met regularly with a group of friends to play domino games where her infectious laughter was always appreciated.
She enjoyed traveling, games with friends and gardening. She especially delighted in time spent with her family and grandchildren. Happy was a devoted and caring friend to many and will be profoundly missed.
Happy is survived by her beloved husband, John; her daughter, Elise Simmons, and grandson, Zachary John Simmons, of Decatur; her son, Heyward Adams, his wife Janice and their sons, Dallas and Easton of Euharlee. Her siblings, Susanne Key, Elaine Barrett and James Heyward (Margaret) and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.
A private family celebration of her life will be held at a later date. For those who so desire, donations in memory of Happy, may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to: st.jude.org.