K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr., 90, Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers founder, passed away peacefully at his home on the 21st of October 2013, in Houston Texas. Born January 3, 1923, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to K.S. "Boots" Adams and Blanch Keeler Adams. Bud attended Culver Military Academy and Menlo College where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Bud then transferred to the University of Kansas where he lettered in football for the Jayhawks. During his days at KU, Bud met his future wife, Nancy Neville, and also began his lifelong and loyal affiliation with Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 1947 while still at KU, Bud joined the Naval Reserve. He earned his Navy ensign commission and was sent overseas where he was assigned to a PAC-Fleet Carrier unit where he served as an aviation engineering officer.
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In 1946, Bud parlayed a chance stop in Houston resulting from fog that grounded his plane into a highly successful and diversified business empire which ranks him among the most prominent businessmen of the country. That same year Bud started ADA Oil Company, the forerunner of the now publicly-held NYSE - MKT listed Adams Resources & Energy, Inc., an energy company engaged in the business of marketing crude oil, transportation of liquid chemicals, along with oil and gas exploration and production.
Bud's other interests included extensive farming and ranching, real estate, and automobile dealerships. He was a long time collector of Western and American Indian art. He was inspired by his uncle Chief W.W. Keeler to begin his collection. Bud was very proud of his Cherokee family and genealogy and nothing made him happier than to share his collection with local school children with Bud being the guide.
Bud, in his early life, was always an avid sports fan and sponsored many amateur and AAU teams in basketball and softball; he also had ownership participation in professional baseball, basketball and boxing. Football history was made in Adams' office in Houston on August 3, 1959, where he and Lamar Hunt announced the formation of the new American Football League which began playing in 1960.
Bud, always fearless and not afraid of risk, consistently made moves that not only improved his team but improved the league as a whole. Bud enjoyed every day of the six decades that he owned the Tennessee Titans/Oilers. Football was his passion and Bud, with his competitive spirit, wanted nothing more than to win that Super Bowl trophy. Bud never gave up trying to bring that trophy home to his team's loyal fans.
Bud, over the years, has received numerous awards and recognition for his philanthropic works. In 2008, Bud and Nancy were inducted into the Baptist Hospital of Nashville Seton Society for Excellence. In 2011 he was honored with the Lifetime Humanitarian Award by the TJ Martell Foundation. In 2012 Bud was the recipient of the inaugural "Salute to Serve" award by the NFL for his work with the military through the years. Bud was also very proud of his induction into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and into the Menlo College Athletic Hall of Fame. Additionally, Bud was a member of many charitable, civic, and corporate organizations that allowed him to serve the community. Though Bud loved his football, nothing could compare to the love he had for his wife of sixty-two years, the late Nancy Neville. The family is greatly comforted knowing he is now with his beloved Nancy for eternity.
Bud was a wonderful father, grandfather, and friend to many. Little known except by friends and family, was what a delightful sense of humor he had. Bud never met a stranger and could instantly put a person at ease. That gift will be missed by all who knew him.
Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Adams and son, Kenneth S. Adams, III. He is survived by daughters Susie Adams Smith and husband Tommy; Amy Adams Hunt and husband Bill; seven grandchildren, Stuart Smith, Nancy Smith, Tracy Thompson, Tommy Thompson, Blanche Strunk, Kenneth Adams IV and wife Amy, and Barclay Adams; and extended family Susan and Steve Lewis, Steve Adams, Kenneth Adams, Gary Adams, Stephanie Walthall and Lisa Stinson.
The family extends deep gratitude to Brenda Saradjian, Stephanie Carlat, Francisco Martinez, and Robert Good for their loyal and compassionate care of Bud over the years.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from four o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Sunday, the 27th of October, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The memorial service is to be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 28th of October, in the sanctuary of Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive in Houston, where Dr. H. Edwin Young, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception at a venue to be announced during the service.
Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private entombment at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.
Those honored to serve as casket bearers during Monday's services are his grandchildren.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family kindly suggests contributions to be directed to the Ronald McDonald House-Houston, 1907 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030; St. Thomas Hospital Foundation, 2000 Church St., Nashville, TN, 37236; the Cherokee National Historical Society, P.O. Box 515, Tahlequah, OK, 74465; or to the
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Published in Houston Chronicle from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2013