Adam Nolan James

June 27, 1993 ~ August 9, 2009

Adam Nolan James, 16, of Gray, died Sunday, August 9, 2009. He was a native of Virginia, son of Lisa C. Grindstaff James and the late Dr. Gary Wayne James. Adam was a member of Central Baptist Church. He played traveling soccer, baseball and Parks and Rec basketball. Adam played freshman baseball and basketball at University High High School. Survivors including his mother are; one brother, Caleb James of Gray; maternal grandparents, Mary Lou Grindstaff and Bud Grindstaff of Hampton; paternal grandmother, Carol James of Gray; special aunts and uncles, Dave and Romona Houston of Gray, Mark and Shelecia Grindstaff of Elizabethton; girlfriend, Missy Buchanan of Gray; several cousins.Services will be private. Memorials may be made to Niswonger Children's Hospital, 2335 Knob Creek Road, Ste. 101, Johnson City, TN 37604.

Memories Timeline


  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Lisa, We want you to know that our prayers our with you and your family at this time of such deep sorrow. Keep all the beautiful memories in your heart and let those help to sustain you. God Bless you, The Kind’s

  2. Anonymous says:

    Lisa and family, I am deeply hurt by this tragedy. You and your family are in my prayers. I have always loved Adam and will continue to love him. He was so special. The memories we have together will remain. May God be with you.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Lisa Calhoun Hall

  4. Anonymous says:

    Our prayers our with each of you at this time. We love each and everyone in this family. Keep the faith and know that the Lord will carry you during this time and always. We are here if you need any of us. Your friends…Wally Wendy and Austin

  5. Anonymous says:

    Dear Lisa and Caleb, I was room mom the year Adam and my son, Corey, was in Kindergarten. I remember he had a lot of energy and a mischievous smile. He was such a sweet boy. We missed Adam when he changed schools in first grade. We often saw him when his soccer team played my son’s team. Adam never seemed to change from that happy little boy I first met in Kindergarten. I cannot imagine what you and your family are going through and I know there aren’t any words to say that will relieve any of your pain. I just want you to know that I am so sorry about this tragic accident and I will be praying for you and Caleb. With deepest sympathies, Brenda Blair, Corey and Connor Smith

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dear Lisa, I am praying for you during this tragic time. May the comforter come to you and sustain you. We have very fond memories of Adam and Caleb both from school and soccer. May your happy memories and the love of friends and family see you through. May God bless you, Connie Middaugh

  7. Anonymous says:

    Dear Lisa, We have not met each other but my son Dustin Laughrun was friends with Adam. When we moved in last year Adam befriended him immediately — they played basketball and hung out almost every night for several months. Adam was always very sweet and funny when he would stop in and talk with us. I know I have no words to comfort you at this moment but my heart is breaking for you and I have shed soo many tears for you and your family — I just wanted you to know that we are missing Adam and praying for peace for you all. We’re only a phone call away if you need anything. I hope you find peace in knowing Adam is in the arms of Our Lord. God Bless you. Carl and Missy Miller

  8. Anonymous says:

    Dear Lisa, Your family is in our thoughts and prayers! With Deepest Sympathy. Bill, Bonnie, Will, Claire & Anna

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dear Lisa, Caleb, Ramona, Mrs. James and Family, I weep for your pain and loss. May the love of friends give you comfort, may the love of God give you peace.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Dear Lisa, I am so sorry. You, Caleb and your family are in our prayers. In deepest sympathy, Donna Taylor

  11. Anonymous says:

    I am a friend of Phyllis Mottern Arnold. I also know Carol James thru church & consider her my friend. I really consider all of Phyllis’ family as my family. I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts & prayers. If there’s anything I can do, please don’t hesitate to call me. God bless you all!!!….And again, I am so sorry!!!…

  12. Anonymous says:

    I am praying for Adam and his family. Adam was a great friend, we had a lot of fun times in English class that i will never forget. Adam will be missed deeply,we all do know he is in a better place now, and we will get to see him again one day. We will never ever forget Adam James. we love and miss you

  13. Anonymous says:

    I do not even know what to say at this time. There is nothing harder than seeing a life gone so young. Adam i love you buddy, it was a joy and a privlege to be your basketball coach in middle school. I will miss you and i am very sorry i did not keep in contact better. Ms. James your faimly is in my thoughts and prayers and if there is anything i can do please let me know.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I just want to offer our deepest deepest sympathy to you. Our grandson Davey (Bubba#22) played ball with Adam this summer and has many classes with Caleb. He is terribly sad over your loss as is all the baseball team, parents, coaches, and grandparents. Our thoughts will be with you through this difficult time. We will remember the 3 of you in our prayers. God Bless you. Connie Bright

  15. Anonymous says:

    I remember the boy who would give more than 100% in basketball. I remember the glorious smile when he sank the long shot from the top of the key. I enjoyed watching him play a game he loved. It all began when I first saw him at Hospitots bouncing the basketball everywhere he went. Thank you for the opportunity to know him and share in his life. And thank you, Lisa, for caring for me as I recovered from open heart surgery ten years ago this year. From Harrisburg, PA, I send prayers to you, Lisa, and your family.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to your entire family. My son played baseball with Adam this summer and he has had many classes with Caleb this year at University High. I wish there was something I could say or do to make you feel better but I know there are no words to help. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Im sorry for your lost of your son Adam, I didnt get to know adam but from what i got see and what i heard, he had a very outgoing personality and everybody who had known him they all loved him. It’s sad because as a student at Daniel Boone we’ve had many losses but to see Adam not here with us its just so very tragic for all of his peers. He may be gone but truly never forgotten. But now for Adam all we can truly do is carry a smile because for now we know he’s in a better place where no hurt, harm or danger can come his way,so all my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, and girlfriend Missy Buchanan..

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’m very sorry for the tragic accident. Adam was a very cool person, i may not have know him that well but i’ve talked to him on occasions. He always made me laugh. He could always put a smile on my face and the faces of many others. I don’t understand how a person his age could go so fast, his life was just beginning. I find it hard to believe that he is no longer with us. I know i’ve never met you but i do give you my prayers and sympathy. I know he is a better place now, and he is in good hands. If there is anything you need no matter what it is, if i can do it i would be more than glad to. Feel free to email me at anytime. I’ll keep you in my prayers. Much love & Always know he’s in a better place – Carlos Lowe

  19. Anonymous says:

    Lisa I know your heart is breaking in a way that I can only imagine. I’m constantly taking you and Caleb in prayer to the one who knows exactly what you’re feeling and what you need. And please know that I will do anything I can for you to help you through the weeks and months to come. Much love, Pam Lature

  20. Anonymous says:

    Lisa and family, We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief. We send you thoughts of comfort. Know that you will be in our prayers daily. We love you all, Rebecca, Derek and Briley

  21. Anonymous says:

    Lisa and family: My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of your loss. All is in God’s hands even when we don’t understand. Lean on those around you to gather your strength for tomorrow. Know Our Lord and Savior is holding you and yours and you are in His care. Written in sincere sorrow and condolence. Gail and family: Orfordville, Wisconsin.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Lisa I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May God Bless you

  23. Anonymous says:

    Lisa no words can express how sorry I was to here about this terrible loss to your family. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers today and the days to come. Love Sheryl

  24. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, My heart goes out to you. I’m very sorry for this tragic event. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. May God bless you and heal you. Sincerely, Tammy Booher

  25. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, Sorry to hear about Adam. We are praying for Caleb, you, and your family. If there is anything we can do you can contact us. Love and Prayers, ALyssa, Kiecia, and family

  26. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, Carol, Mona and other family members, I am so very sorry to hear about Adam. I just can’t imagine what you are going through. Just know I’m thinking about you and praying you have the strength to get through this. If you ever need to get away for awhile know I’m here for you guys and have plenty of room for you. The Florida sun and sand have a calming effect you just may be able to use at this time when your heart is breaking and your trying to find the way to turn next. I love you guys and miss the closeness we had growning up as children ourselves. As we have grown older and apart I miss those childhood memories even more. I will keep all of you in my thoughts, prayers and heart forever. With all my Love, Michael and Tammy Reinhardt Ryan, Katie, Emma and Ashlyn James Daphne James

  27. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, how do I even start? I am so sorry to hear about this whole situation. You are and always will be a very special person to me. I pray that God can bring you and Caleb some comfort during this tragic time. If I can ever do anything for you, please let me know. You and Caleb are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you in this sad time. God bless you during this sad time.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, You and your family are in our prayers. I pray that God will put his loving arms around you and give you peace. You are a very special person and I love you.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Nobody realizes how fragile life is until it’s claimed. I’m a Sophomore a Daniel Boone, i met Adam at the end of first semester my Freshman year. He was a very sweet guy. I’ve talked to him on many occasions in the past. He invited me to come over a few times and i couldn’t make it because i had plans. Looking back i wish i would’ve taken atleast one of those many opportunities now. Adam always said he didn’t have many friends, i wish he could see how many people truly care about him. I can’t imagine what you, your family, Adam’s friends, and Missy are going through right now. Atleast Adam is in Heaven with his father like he really wanted. My prayers are with you throughout this difficult time. If you need anything whatsoever, please do not hesitate to ask me. May the Lord be with you, Chelsea Davis.

  31. Anonymous says:

    To The James Family: I dont really know your family personally, my 16 yr old son knows both Caleb and Adam. I just want you to know I am praying for you and my heart has been broken for you and your family but God can provide comfort. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

  32. Anonymous says:

    We are in prayer for your family in your loss. God is powerful and able to heal. May his presence fill and surround you.

  33. Anonymous says:

    We are so sorry for your loss!..We are praying for the whole family during this serious time of need…May God take you in His arms & hold you & comfort you during this time…Just look to Him—He will sustain you. God bless you all… Jack & Ilena Jenkins

  34. Anonymous says:

    Words can not express how we feel for your Family at this difficult time. May you stay close to God and draw strength from him. You and your family are in our thoughts and Prayers. We lived on Dean Archer Rd. Often times we followed each other to Universty School, and AJ would laugh and say,”there goes Adam, he is so funny” he made her laugh. As we all know, God holds him close, and he will be MISSED.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Your family is in our prayers.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Dear Lisa and Caleb,words wouldnt amount to much at this time,but only to say the Lord will comfort and His strong arm will carry you.My church is praying and will continue to lift you to Him.WE LOVE YOU BOTH.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry about Adam. He was a great baseball player. I am thinking of you and Caleb. Davey Bright #22 JC Press

  38. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, Hi. my name is Brenda, my son Cody played basketball with Adam not only was Adam a great boy he was a great basketball player.I wanted to let you know that the 08/09 basketball team ,parents, and coach Brandon are thinking about you and caleb we are so sorry for your loss. Adam will be missed. we will keep you in our prays

  39. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, I’m so sorry to hear of yet another great loss. Adam came to our team this year and really blossomed, first as a person and secondly as a player. He had so much talent that we were truly amazed of his abilities. No matter what I say or anybody else says, there are no words available to express our regrets and sorrow. Adam was a special person and will be greatly missed!! As a brother in Christ, I know that Adam is in a better place and being watched over by the best care taker ever … our Lord and Savior!! Lisa, both you and Caleb too will be watched over as well and guided through recovery by Him as well!! Always in our thoughts and Prayers, Mark Ponder and the Entire JC Press Babe Ruth Baseball Team

  40. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, I remember you as a very professional and caring nurse at the Med. Center. May God bring you the comfort you need now, that no one else can give.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, Kenny and I are very sad to hear of your son’s loss. And we are sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We should have kept in better touch with you. Your family is in our prayers at this sad time. Please know that you have many friends who also feel your pain and are praying for your family. Love from both of us….

  42. Anonymous says:

    Lisa and Family I can’t tell you how sorry I am about your great, great loss. My heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you and yours daily. As a fellow nurse I know your strengths. The Holy Spirit is with you and yours continually Your friend, Georgia

  43. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, We are praying for you and Caleb. Our memories of Adam in the toddler Sunday School class at Central will always hold a special place in our hearts.

  44. Anonymous says:

    I can not imagine what you and the family are going through. Our prayers are with you and the family.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, Hi, this is Ms.Tracey from HospiToTs, I had both Caleb and Adam at HospiToTs. Im so very sorry to hear of your loss, my heart, my prayers, my love all go out to you and your family at this time. There are no words that can truly comfort a person at such a tragic time, but yet we send out words of comfort to let you know we are here and we are keeping you and your loved ones in our hearts and prayers. If there is anything I can do please let me know. May God bless you and your family and give you the comfort you need to get through this day by day. All My Love, Ms.Tracey Britt

  46. Anonymous says:

    Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss. You have been through so much. Just remember god doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle. Just look to him for guidance and he will help you handle this tragedy. You and your family are in my prayers. Debbie

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