Chad Everett McAdams

November 10, 1974 - March 12, 2020
Chad Everett McAdams

Chad Everett McAdams 45, of Winnabow, NC passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020 of a sudden cardiac event.

Though he was large in stature, he had the heart of a teddy bear. He had a special way of calming and soothing others and had been know act to as guardian to those he saw in distress. His time on this earth was short but his family is certain that his reunion with his parents in heaven is something to behold.

Chad was born in Lubbock, Texas on November 10, 1974 the son of the late James Everett (Mr. Mac) and Andi Whichard McAdams. He was an X-ray Technician with EmergeOrtho.

Surviving are his wife Rachel McAdams; step-mom Donna McAdams; son Jack Whitaker; daughter Kylie Whitaker; brother Julius McAdams and wife Angie; step-sister Caroline Dawkins; step-brother Spencer Dawkins; and niece Amelia McAdams.

Chad had an undeniable love for his wife, Rachel and children. He loved cracking a joke and making patients feel better when they came into EmergeOrtho and loved his career there as well as those he worked with. It is undeniable that he held a competitive spirit whether it was sports, gaming with his brother and friends or being the first to taste test whatever meal or dessert was being prepared.

The family will see friends from 5:00-7:00 on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the McAdams’ family would appreciate donations be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation, as they took such amazing care of both of his parents, 1414 Physician Drive Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • March 13, 2020
    Vicki Marshall Jones says:
    I knew Chad in high school. What a great guy! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • March 13, 2020
    Kathleen Burke says:
    Deepest sympathy for your loss. I cannot find words but am saying prayers and sending hugs.

  • March 13, 2020
    Megan Kopka. says:
    I was terrified when I met Chad. I had a back injury from caring for my late husband for years. It would flare up and it was finally so bad I had a back injection. I was widowed and facing my first health event and Chad was a sense of soothing calm with a warm smile. Somehow I came to learn who is Dad was and I inquired about his health. He was positive, realistic and encouraged me to visit him- how much it would mean to his Dad having a parent of a student come visit... Chad wanted our story too- how I knew his Dad. We chatted away and I fel better- there’s no nervousness or white coat syndrome around Chad- for sure the world has lost a great calming glorious man. I’m honored and humbled to know him in a moment as life offers so few vulnerable moments but we had one, although brief together. I’m thankful he was part of my road to recovery. My heart breaks for those surviving him-as a young widow with children in the home please always remember the survivors and help them survive and stay by them to thrive. Much love and empathy to you all.

  • March 13, 2020
    Grace and Larry Dezio says:
    We are so sorry to hear this sad news. He was one of the nicest guys we knew. His whole family was/is wonderful and we know he’ll be missed.

  • March 13, 2020
    Dean says:
    I knew Chad through his dad, and both were amazing men taken too early! I helped Chad as he was transitioning to his career as an X-ray tech and I remember he had such a desire to help others! We need more people like this in the world!