Savannah today mourns the loss of Floyd Adams Jr., who served as Mayor of Savannah from 1996-2003, and as Alderman from 1982-1995.
Mayor Edna Branch Jackson issued the following statement:
On behalf of the Savannah City Council, the City organization, and the entire Savannah community, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Mayor Floyd Adams Jr.
While I am deeply saddened by this news, I am comforted that he leaves such a strong legacy here in Savannah.
Floyd Adams was a uniter. He ignored racial, economic and social barriers during his decades of public service, and in doing so became the Mayor of all Savannah.
Mayor Adams' accomplishments were many. He believed that all Savannahians deserved an opportunity to earn a decent job and live in quality housing.
His efforts led to the redevelopment of Cuyler-Brownville, and the transformation of the Garden Homes community into Ashley Midtown. Under Mayor Adams, Savannah made unprecedented improvements to our drainage system, and experienced record economic growth.
On a personal level, I owe much to Floyd Adams. He was the one who encouraged me to run for City Council, and paved the way for me to become Mayor. I will miss his political insight, wonderful sense of humor, and passion for Savannah.
I, and this entire community, owe Mayor Adams our thanks.
The city stands ready to assist the Adams family in any way during this time of bereavement.