GEORGETOWN — Robert Sexton Adams of Georgetown, Texas, died on October 11, 2011, at the age of 75. He was born September 4, 1936, to John Floyd and Jodie Adams in White Oak, Texas.
Raised in White Oak with a love for fishing and the outdoors, he graduated from White Oak High School in 1955. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from North Texas State University in 1958. In 1961, Sexton earned his Master of Business Administration from North Texas State University. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from Louisiana State University
in August of 1965.
From 1965-68, he taught in the Department of Management, School of Business Administration at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. After moving to Denton, Texas, Sexton taught at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) from 1968 until retiring in 2001 as a professor of management. His academic specialization focused on strategic management and policy. He conducted numerous management development programs and workshops and published a number of books and articles during his teaching career.
He will be deeply missed by his children: Elise Slocum and husband, Bret, of Georgetown, Texas, Kristin Odum of Mims, Texas, and Julie Patterson of Sanger, Texas. He is also survived by his sister, Audrey Hill and husband, Forest, of Longview, Texas; as well as his nephew whom he grew up with and loved as a brother, Ronald F. Adams, Jr. and wife, Ann, of Hosston, Louisiana.
Sexton will also be missed by his nine grandchildren: Jadyn, Rylan, Chase, Cheney, Ashley, Jonathon, Virgil, Tony and Kristopher; by his four great-grandchildren; and by his niece, Anne; as well as many other relatives, friends, poker partners and fishing buddies.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Floyd and Jodie Adams; and by his brother Cpl. Ronald F. Adams Sr., who was killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
Sexton had a great sense of humor and was known for telling jokes, tall tales and campfire stories. His love of fishing and the outdoors continued throughout his life, and he enjoyed sharing those experiences with family and friends. He had a big heart and loved his family dearly. We will miss listening to those entertaining stories and jokes. We will miss our "fishing partner." Most of all, we will miss the man whose love, strength and guidance enriched our lives for so long.
A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011, at the Gateway Center Ballroom at the University of North Texas in Denton. A graveside service will follow at 4 p.m. October 29, 2011, in Memory Park in Longview, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to the
with a designation for lung cancer research.