Easter Sunday, the community lost a lifelong resident of Monroe and the city’s longest-serving City Council member and current vice mayor. City officials released the information in a press release, announcing that Councilman Wayne Adcock had passed away suddenly of a massive heart attack around midnight, saying that he was “a consistent and passionate member of the community whose tireless efforts to bring unity and change to Monroe will be a part of his lasting legacy.”
“Wayne’s love and dedication to serving the citizens of Monroe is unquestionable. He was a husband, father, public servant and neighbor, but most importantly he was an amazing friend to anyone he met,” said Monroe Mayor John Howard.
Thursday, the community turned out to pay their respects to a man whose roots in the community run deep. According to his obituary, this beloved native son was born at the old Walton County Hospital in 1955, beginning grammar school at the old Johnson Institute and graduating from Monroe Area High School in 1973 before attending the University of Georgia. He is described by his family as a caring son, a wonderful husband, a proud dad and a tender grandfather. To the community, he represented a quiet and committed leader.
In these strange times of social distancing, the traditional farewell for a community leader was not possible, but that didn’t prevent the community from turning out to let the family know it shared in their grief. A funeral parade of a different kind lined up and circled the Monroe City Hall block, sharing notes of thanks and decorating their vehicles with UGA and patriotic flags in recognition of Adcock’s love of community and country – and his beloved Dawgs. The family stood in front of City Hall to receive the respect of the community before leaving for a private graveside service and burial as is recommended at the moment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.