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Retired Senior Chief Cynthia Kaye Adams, 64, of Mechanicsville died Nov. 11, 2012, at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home after a long illness.

Born Oct. 11, 1948, in Walterboro, S.C., she was the daughter of Ray Freeman and Jane Quinn Freeman.

She joined the Navy in 1966 and retired in a husband-and-wife ceremony at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in November 1992. She proudly served 26 years as a journalist and started her career at Fleet Hometown News Center, followed by tours at NAS Jacksonville, Fla., then on to Hawaii, where she was assigned to COMFAIR Hawaii, Commander Third Fleet and Commander Submarine Forces Pacific.

In August 1982, she transferred to Washington, D.C., for tours at Commander Naval Personnel Command and Naval Internal Relations Activity as command senior chief. She ended her naval career at Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Va.

Her awards and decorations included Good Conduct Awards (6), Navy Achievement Medal, Merit Award, National Defense Service Medal (2) and the Antarctica Service Award. She was a member of several military fraternal organizations. Her hobbies included the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, where she was a life member; photography; and raising collies.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Rheet Renard Freeman. She is survived by her husband, Neal Edward Adams; and brother; Terry Wayne Freeman of Virginia.

The family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a firemanís service at 7 p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall. Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 37, Mechanicsville, MD 20659; or Hospice House of St. Maryís, 44724 Hospice Lane, Callaway, MD 20620.