Charles Bell Adams, 68, ceramic tile contractor

February 25, 2004

Charles Bell Adams, 68, ceramic tile contractor

Charles Bell Adams, a ceramic tile contractor and sports fan, died of a heart attack Saturday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Arnold resident was 68.

Mr. Adams was born and raised in Halethorpe and attended Catonsville High School. He established V.A. Tile and worked for 43 years as a commercial and residential tile contractor before retiring in 1999.

Mr. Adams was the 65th heart transplant recipient at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and lived for almost 18 years with his replacement heart, family members said.

He was an avid Colts, Orioles and Ravens fan, and enjoyed collecting coins. He also liked attending horse races.

Services will be held at noon today at Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave., Annapolis.

Mr. Adams is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Adele Hinternish; two sons, Charles C. Adams of Annapolis and Thomas L. Adams of Baltimore; two daughters, Charlene Adams Ledford of Glen Burnie and Donna Jean Adams Pierson of Prince Frederick; two brothers, John W. Adams of Ocean Pines and Arthur Leroy Adams Jr. of Baltimore; three sisters, Margaret Boss and Betty Knecht, both of Arbutus, and Gladys Gardner of Halethorpe; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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