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ADAMS DON Former NBA and ABA professional basketball player, died at Beaumont Hospital on December 25, 2013. He was selected in the 8th round of the 1970 NBA draft by the San Diego Rockets. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks where he played from 1971 until 1972. From 1972 until 1975, he played for the Detroit Pistons. In 1975, he played 2 seasons with the Spirits of St. Louis (ABA) and ended his career with the Buffalo Braves where he played from 1975-1977. Following his professional basketball career, Don worked as a Financial Advisor for Lincoln Financial Advisors. Don made his home in Southfield, Michigan with his wife Mary and son's Don Jr. (DJ) and Damar. He is survived by his high school sweet heart and wife of 42 years, Mary Adams; two sons, Don Jr. (Angela) and Damar; four granddaughters, Anisa, Chelsea, Jessica, and Carmen; four sisters and a host of nieces, nephews, and devoted friends. Don was born November 27, 1947 in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended South Fullton High School and Northwestern University (1967-1970). A Funeral is planned for Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church located at 18700 James Couzens Fwy., Detroit, Michigan. The family will receive visitors at the Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 West McNichols Rd., Detroit, Michigan, Sunday, December 29, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Burial will take place in Atlanta, Georgia later in the week.

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Brenda Carrecter Adams12/29/2013

My sincerest condolences to family of Don Adams. May the love of God and the great memories you shared bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Sandie Cameron-McRipley12/29/2013

Mary & family, I pray for your comfort & peace as you trust & rest in the Lord. Sincerely, Sandie

Paula Whatley Matabane12/30/2013

My deepest sympathy to the family of Don. I met Don while playing basketball for Booker T. Washington High (Atlanta). We loved to "hate" South Fulton High because Don led them in kicking our behinds EVERY game. I got to know him personally and found he was a wonderful individual. May God's peace be on the family.

jack clarkson12/31/2013

don was a friehd and classmate at nu-a magnificent person

Ms janie roug golf Harris01/13/2014

Just got news of my fellPow golfer of rouge park golf 1/13/14 our family send love an prayers to u mrs adams /family let it be known was atall gentlemanat all times an loved golf us golferd always say we return to gods green acres where he is playing golfall day no worries god bless u all

Marc Linhardt02/27/2014

My sincerest condolences to family of Don Adams. As a fellow alumnus of Northwestern he will be sorely missed.

Craig Thayer03/01/2014

My condolences to Don's family. I enjoyed watching Don play basketball at Northwestern in the late 1960s (when I was at undergraduate at NU)

Rick Manley04/13/2014

My thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the entire family. Don was a fine man, deserving of everyone's respect. He certainly had mine.

David Hallstrand Jr06/03/2014

I admired Don an outstanding scholar athlete at Northwestern. He was always a gentleman.

Rich De Grood06/16/2014

Once a Buffalo Brave-ALWAYS a Buffalo Brave! I remember seeing Don Adams in a resturant the first nite he came to Buffalo to play for my beloved Braves. He was a consumate pro and helped our team a lot. condolences to his family-rest in peace.

David Fields07/22/2014

I was a couple of years behind Don at NU. I used to play in the pep band at the basketball games. I am an LA Clippers/SD Clippers/ Buffalo Braves fan. I got outbid on a newspaper advertisng a Braves game with Don's picture. I got the guy to Xerox it for me and have it up in my Clippers room.

James Bradof12/14/2014

I played with Don at NU. I was a 6'9" center who could shoot but was missing other parts of the game. Don, growing up partly in segregation in GA was my best friend on the team where I played very little. He had a first rate brain and was my champion (He wanted me to be center). He was a complete athlete and a very fine person and I was dismayed when looking him up on the Internet yesterday that he had died. He was so vital I could not help but wonder at his early death . Please accept my best and heartfelt condolences . James Bradof, MD 864 316 6756;

Brenda Johnson09/16/2016

My condolences to the family. I met Don in Buffalo, NY lost touch when I relocated to Houston, TX but he always crossed my mind because he was a very nice person and I am glad I had a chance to know him before he left this earth. Rest in Peace Don.

steve rray03/18/2017

I miss playing golf with you,also really miss playing basketball with your great son's

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