November 14, 2021
Margaret Peeler Thompson Adams of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on Nov. 14, 2021, at the age of 93. She was a beloved mother and grandmother with a lifelong love of nature and art, and a strong and unwavering commitment to social justice. Margaret was born in New Albany, Mississippi, on Sept. 7, 1928. While she was still young, her family moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where she grew up surrounded by the natural beauty of the Florida coast and the Gulf of Mexico. After graduating from Blue Mountain College for Women in Blue Mountain, Miss., she returned to St. Petersburg to teach. It was there she met Frank Adams, a journalist and civil rights activist. They wed in 1958 and were married until Frank’s passing in 2017. Through the decades, Margaret accompanied Frank and supported his work for social justice. In 1969, the couple came to Knoxville, where Frank was director of the legendary Highlander Research and Education Center and oversaw its move to New Market, Tenn. Margaret was the family’s steady guiding hand, providing a stable income and caring for their two children and freeing Frank to concentrate on his work. She was an avid environmentalist and bird watcher and nurtured in her children an appreciation for the natural world. An early devotee of whole foods, she made her own granola and homemade bread. She filled the house with music, accompanying her lovely singing voice on piano, and tuning the radio dial to classical stations. Margaret is survived by her daughter Mary Thom Adams; grandson Frank; son Sam Adams; Sam’s wife Frances; granddaughter Sarah and her partner Thomas McNair. A memorial service is planned for January 15, 2022 at 10:30 am at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens. Contributions in Margaret’s honor may be made to the Knoxville Botanical Gardens or to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
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