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Bobby Drue Adams


1927 - 2010 | Obituary Condolences
Bobby  Drue  Adams Obituary
ODESSA Bobby Drue Adams, of Odessa, Texas, entered into Eternal Life with his Lord on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010. He was born to Albert Drue and Maude Adams on Feb. 11, 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, Sept. 14, 1946, which was 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 '20s and '30s, 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' 40 years of service to El Paso Natural Gas would take him and Wanda Jo "Jody" from the hot and desolate company town of Jal, N.M., to beautiful Farmington, N.M., 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 U.S. 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, Colo.; his granddaughter, Kelsey Gooden of Denver, Colo.; 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 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2010, with a rosary following at 8 p.m.

The funeral for Bob Adams will take place on Friday, April 9, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 4601 Neely Ave., Midland Texas.

Interment will be Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Olinger Chapel Hill in Littleton, Colo.

Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
Published in Odessa American on Apr. 8, 2010
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