Robert Adams VI
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Robert Adams VI COLUMBIA,SC - Robert Adams, VI, of Wavering Place Plantation and Columbia, SC, died on January 26, 2019. Adams, age 55, was a preeminent Statehouse lobbyist, a noted conservationist, and a civic leader. Robert is survived by his beloved wife Shana Voll Adams, to whom he was devoted. He is also survived by his sons PFC Joel Adams and Robert Adams, VII, as well as his parents Ambassador Weston Adams and Elizabeth Nicholson Nelson Adams, PhD. He is also survived by his brothers Weston Adams, III (m. Elizabeth Boykin Adams), the Rev. Daniel Wallace Adams-Riley (m. Gena Adams-Riley), and Julian Calhoun Adams, II. His nieces and nephews are: Isabel Hope Adams, Edward Weston Boykin Adams, Patrick Henry Nelson Adams-Riley, Fin M'Coul Adams-Riley, and Elizabeth "Libba" Wentworth Adams. Further, he is also survived by his uncle Dr. Julian Calhoun Adams, his aunt Martha Whaley Adams Cornwell, his uncle James Emerson Smith and his aunt Nina Geddes Nelson Smith, his aunt LeGrand Moorer Nelson, and his cousins former Rep. James Smith (Kirkland), Helen Calhoun Stanton-Adams (Danielle), Charles St. George Sinkler Adams II, William Shannon Nelson III (Lori), Francis Pickens Nelson, Caroline LeGrand Nelson, and countless other kinsmen. Additionally, he is survived by Bonnie Drake Loomis, who is the mother of Robert's two sons, along with her husband Chris Loomis, and Bonnie's and Chris's daughter Anna Leah Loomis. Adams was born July 3, 1963 in Columbia. He was the grandson of Patrick Henry Nelson and Elizabeth Nicholson Nelson, and the grandson of Robert Adams, IV and Helen Calhoun Adams. His family's history included many men and women who, like Robert, worked selflessly for the well-being of the local community, the State of South Carolina, and the nation. Through the generosity of his uncle Dr. Julian C. Adams, Robert and his brother Weston together owned their family country place, Wavering Place, carrying on an unbroken line of Adams family ownership there dating back to 1768. Robert descended from Joel Adams, known as "Joel of All", who settled at Wavering Place in lower Richland County in 1768. Robert's other notable ancestors included Governor James Hopkins Adams, Governor John Sheppard, Governor William McWillie, U.S. Senator John Hunter, Revolutionary War General Richard Richardson, South Carolina authors Julia Peterkin and Edward Clarkson Leverett Adams, and Elizabeth "Betsy" Griscom Ross, the maker of the first American flag. Robert was educated at the Hammond School and Clemson University, and was a devoted attendee with his sons at Clemson sporting events. Further, Robert's 13 summers at Camp Deerwoode in Brevard, NC, where he was a camper, Junior Counselor, Counselor, and ultimately Camp Director, were a formative influence on Robert's life. Camp Deerwoode's owner Bill Mayes, who instilled in all Deerwoode boys a strong work ethic twinned with an instinct for adventure, was a powerful influence in Robert's life, and in the lives of all Deerwoode boys. Robert was inspired to enter Republican political life by the sterling example of his father Ambassador Weston Adams, who was a South Carolina State House Member, and who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Malawi under President Reagan. Robert ultimately was a Statehouse Lobbyist with McGuire Woods Consulting, where he worked with former Governor Jim Hodges, Billy Boan, and other close friends. He started his political career as a Republican campaign consultant, working on President George H.W. Bush's successful 1988 campaign for president. He also worked for the Republican National Committee in Washington, DC. Robert went on to run campaigns for U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, Governor David Beasley, and Congressman Joe Wilson, among others. Additionally, he served in the administrations of Governor Beasley and Governor Mark Sanford, before beginning his lobbying practice. Robert was also a noted conservationist. He was instrumental in his family's decision to give the Congaree Land Trust a conservation easement on Wavering Place, and also served on the Congaree Land Trust's Board of Directors. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors of the Kensington Plantation Foundation. Most notably, he skillfully led the political campaign which successfully opposed the Green Diamond Development, which was a controversial planned community proposed for the Congaree River floodplain just north of the Congaree National Park's rare virgin bottomland forest. Adams worked tirelessly for the continued protection of the Park's virgin bottomlands, which had been part of the Adams' original landholdings in the 18th and 19th centuries. Most fundamentally, Robert was a loyal, dependable, and loving friend to many people. He was the keystone of many different social groups of which he was a member. He served as President of the St. Andrews Society of Columbia. Likewise, he served as the President of the Town Club, being only the third President in that dining club's 100 year history. He also was the perennial organizer of the Annual Camp Deerwoode Boys Reunion in Brevard, NC. Further, he was an active member in various clubs, including the Society of the Cincinnati (Charleston), the Columbia Cotillion Club, the Society of Lower Richland, the Forum Club, the Welcome Society (Philadelphia), and many others. There will be a private interment at Robert's ancestral church, St. John's Episcopal, Congaree, SC, Thursday January 31, 2019, followed by a funeral service for all friends and family at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, SC, at 2:00 PM that same day. The Adams family will then hold a reception at Trinity's Satterlee Hall immediately following the funeral. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family. Memorial gifts may be made to the Congaree Land Trust, a 501c3 organization that works towards the conservation of Robert's beloved native lower Richland County.

Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2019.
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Shana, this is Charles and Dawn Bayne, your old neighbors for 20 years. We are so saddened to learn of this...we loved you and Robert and enjoyed living next to you. Robert would always stop by on his way into the house and speak with Dawn and me, we truly enjoyed his always cheerful attitude. I learned of this too late to attend the services. If you need our help, do call, ...240 9018.
Charles Bayne
February 1, 2019
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
Charles Bayne
February 1, 2019
My prayers are with Robert's family. I was saddened to hear of his passing this morning. Robert's smile was always so welcoming and BA's booming laugh could warm the coldest of all hearts. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Jonathan Foster
February 1, 2019
I was so sorry to hear about Robert's passing. I only found out on the morning of the funeral or I would have planned to come. He was a remarkable man and he will be sorely missed. My love and prayers to Weston and Elizabeth and the boys.
Diane Black
January 31, 2019
Shana,
We were so saddened to hear about Robert. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers for strength and peace are with you and your family.
Lisa and Richard Curtis
Family
January 31, 2019
Elizabeth Ballentine
January 30, 2019
You and your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers! Love you all!
Nkrumah Steward
January 30, 2019
a loved one
January 30, 2019
Shana,Sandra and I will have you and your family in our prayers. We will miss Robert so much, but know that he is in heaven in No pain.
Bill Sandifer
January 29, 2019
Shanna, we all pray, that you and all of the members of the Adams family are able to stay strong during these difficult times. Know that Robert is at peace.
All our love, The Henry's of Hopkins (Linda & Gene)
Linda Steward
January 29, 2019
My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Robert Adams. May the God of Comfort and tender mercies brings comfort to this family during these difficult times. 2 Corth 1: 3,4.
Alethia Jefferson
January 29, 2019
With heartfelt sympathy to the Adams family, please find comfort in knowing that God understands your pain and will give you the needed strength to get pass this difficult time. Isaiah 40:29
Janice
January 28, 2019
I am so sorry.
Anne Snyder
January 28, 2019
My deepest condolences to Ambassador and Mrs. Adams and their family. Robert was a fine man who lived up to his family's distinguished legacy. SC was lucky to have had his service for the public good. He left us to soon.
Roger Poston
January 28, 2019
Condolences to the family. May the God of comfort strengthen you during this difficult time.
January 28, 2019
Louis Tocci
January 28, 2019
Sorry for your lost may the God of comfort ease your heart .
P
January 28, 2019
Robert Adams was one of the good guys...in every way possible!
Les Carroll
January 28, 2019
I first met Robert almost 50 years ago when his father and I served together in the SC House of Representatives. Of course, he was just a young child then, but I enjoyed seeing his growth and progress over the years as he became a political expert in his own right. He was smart, loyal and hard-working, making him a respected and successful lobbyist. The entire Adams family is in my thoughts and prayers. God's peace to you.
Sherry Shealy Martschink
January 28, 2019
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