Dr. Joe passed away peacefully on January 19, 2014 at Calder Woods in Beaumont, Texas. Joe was born in Ashland, Kentucky on June 16, 1925. He moved with his family to Lakeland, Florida in 1940. Joe graduated from the University of Florida in 1943 and attended Tulane University School of Medicine where he graduated in 1947. While at Tulane he met the love of his life, Patricia (Pat) Worner. Pat and Joe were married 55 years until her death in 2003. After medical school, he joined the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon. He and Pat enjoyed 2 years stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany. Upon discharge from the Air Force, Pat and Joe moved to Port Arthur, Texas where he practiced general surgery for 40 years. Joe was a founder and first Chief of Staff of Park Place Hospital in Port Arthur. He also served as a board member and past president of the PAISD. He was also a member of many civic and professional organizations. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he and Pat traveled the world. Dr. Adams is survived by his son, Kevin and wife Alice Adams of League City, TX; daughter, Pattie Sylvester and husband Jimmy of Beaumont, TX; and grandsons Blake and Ryan Adams and Kevin Oakley. He is also survived by caregiver and honorary family member Lesia Evans. Joe's family would like to thank the staff of Calder Woods and Buckner Hospice for their support, care and love. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, TX. Private Graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves, TX. Friends wishing to make memorial contributions may send them to their
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Jan. 21, 2014