Mike Adams

October 30, 1964 - July 23, 2020
Mike Adams

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Michael Scott Adams 55, of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away Thursday, July 23,

Mike was born in Columbus, Mississippi on October 30, 1964 the son of the late Joe
Dee Adams, Jr. and Julia Marilyn Rester Adams.

Mike’s teenage years were lived with a love for soccer and music. Although an injury
derailed his goalie career, he was skilled enough musically to pay his way through
college and postgraduate education by playing guitar in a duet. Upon earning his
doctorate at Mississippi State University, Mike became a Criminology Professor at
UNC-Wilmington as a staunch atheist and liberal. After seeing the mistreatment of
prisoners while doing criminology research in a South American prison, Mike realized
that there must be an objective standard of Good by which we could make sense of evil
and injustice. This helped lead him to Christianity which dramatically changed his
outlook. As his books and columns became more conservative, Mike found that the
university began to deny him promotions (even though he was continually rated very
highly by students). The case went all the way to the United States Fourth Circuit Court
of Appeals where Mike won a jury judgment that continues to protect the free speech of
professors to this day.

Over the years, Dr. Adams also taught over 15,000 students at Summit ministries and
several other venues. He is the author of several academic papers, hundreds of
columns, and three books including the most recent, Letters to a Young Progressive:
How to Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don’t Understand. Mike wrote
and spoke in support of the unborn and debated outspoken abortion advocates.
Several children are known to be alive today because of his work.

Mike was widely admired for his direct and often satirical approach to issues, but also
viciously attacked by his political opponents. Mike loved people and he defended the
rights of all of them to speak their minds. Our country has lost a bold advocate for
freedom and truth, but he will not be forgotten. We grieve that Mike is absent from his
body but rejoice that he’s now “present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8).

Surviving are his brother David Adams and wife Laura of Lake Saint, MO.; a Fiance’
who lives in Charlotte; Niece Kayla Adams of Colorado Springs, CO; and nephew Kevin
Adams of Kansas City, MO.; Uncles John Rester and wife Carrie of Gulfport, MS.; and
Jim Rester and wife Martha of Santa Rosa Beach, FL,

A private burial service will be held, and a public memorial will be announced at a later

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  • July 27, 2020
    Maria Power B, class of 99 says:
    Professor Adams passing is an enormous loss, his bright, witty discourse made class exciting, interesting. His passion for educating was clear. He was an inspirational professor, the kind you never forget. To his family and friends, I am truly sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

  • July 28, 2020
    Jennifer Wilkins says:
    My deepest condolences to his family. Mike was the reason that I pursued a Ph.D in Criminal Justice. I have known him since the mid 1990s, and he was a brilliant man. May he rest in eternal peace.

  • July 28, 2020
    Jane Crowder says:
    I did not know Professor Adams but the loss of a loved one is a tragedy. Please accept our prayers and condolences in your time need John and Jane Crowder

  • July 28, 2020
    Ric Stanley says:
    I always enjoyed talking with mike. I would see him at slice of life. What I liked and remember most about mike is that he really liked me. Sounds odd to say. But I liked him b cause I could tell he really liked me. I miss mike already. I thought he was a really nice person. I’m sorry and I miss you mike! Wish I coulda been there for you.

  • July 28, 2020
    Ric Stanley says:
    Mike was a nice guy!