Bobby Drue Adams of Odessa, Texas entered into Eternal Life with his Lord on Easter Sunday, April 4th, 2010. He was born to Albert Drue and Maude Adams on February 11th, 1927 in Clyde, Texas. He was the youngest of four children. He graduated from Clyde High School in 1945 and entered active military service during World War II the same year. Serving in the Navy, he was stationed in Alaska, part of the integral construction team known as the Seabees. He was married to his childhood sweetheart Wanda Jo Peay on her 18th birthday, September 14th, 1946, the same year that Bob began a lifelong career with the El Paso Natural Gas Company. In his book "The Pipeliners," Frank Mangan wrote that Clyde, Texas had been just a "whistle stop" "however, in the late twenties and thirties, it developed a claim to fame of its own; it spawned a group of special young men who joined El Paso Natural Gas Company in its early years and became highly respected authorities throughout the entire gas industry as innovators and pioneers in a business about which few people knew." In the chapter titled The Boys from Clyde the author noted that "Through the years, more and more names of boys from Clyde were added to the employee roster and most of them went on to become well-known and important figures in the company's development and operations," specifically naming Bobby Adams, among others, including his brother-in-law T.J. Crutchfield. Bob Adams' forty years of service to El Paso Natural Gas would take him and Wanda Jo ~"Jody"~ from the hot and desolate company town of Jal, New Mexico, to beautiful Farmington, New Mexico and finally to El Paso, Texas in 1963. Between 1947 and 1965, Bob and Jody established a family that included five children. In 1969, Bob and Jody's oldest son Michael Drue was killed in active duty while serving in the US Army in Vietnam. He was decorated for heroism in connection with military actions during a firefight with a hostile force. In 1986, Bob retired from EPNG and moved to Odessa, Texas to care for his beloved wife Jody, who became seriously disabled in 1985. Since that time and until the time of his death, he devoted himself and dedicated his life to her care, comfort and well being. Bob is preceded in death by his son, Michael Drue Adams, his parents Albert Drue and Maude Adams; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Archie and Ducky Peay of Clyde; his sisters Thelma Prue of Clyde, Lindall Connell of Abilene, Texas, Hazel Crutchfield of Midland, Texas and brothers-in-law Homer Connell and Travis Crutchfield. Bob is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Jody Adams; his daughter Julie Adams and her husband Paul Anderson of Kerrville, Texas; his son Jerry Adams and his wife Cathy Adams of Gardendale, Texas; his grandson Jared Adams of Gardendale, Texas; his daughter Lisa Greenwood and her husband Michael Greenwood of Denver, Colorado; his granddaughter Kelsey Gooden of Denver, Colorado; his daughter Laurie Adams and her husband Jim Crockett of Dripping Springs, Texas; and his nephew Don Crutchfield of Del Rio, Texas. Visitation will be held at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Home at 4635 Oakwood Drive, Odessa, Texas, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 8th, 2010, with a Rosary following at 8:00 pm. The Funeral for Bob Adams will take place on Friday, April 9th, 2010 at 11:00 am at St. Stephens' Catholic Church, 4601 Neely Avenue Midland Texas. Interment will be Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Olinger Chapel Hill in Littleton, Colorado. Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors. Condolences may be offered at www.frankwwilsonfuneral. com
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Apr. 8, 2010