Robert Adams Jr.
McLean Funeral Directors - Gastonia
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
GASTONIA - Robert Lee Adams Jr. died Dec. 28, 2009, at Gaston Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Bob was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and lifetime resident of Gastonia.

Robert L. Adams, Jr. was born in 1924 in Gastonia, the son of Robert Lee Adams, Sr. and Mary Huey Adams. He had a brother, Dr. Simeon Huey Ad-ams, and a sister, Martha A. Bledsoe.

He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 11 and graduated from Gastonia High School.

Bob served in WWII in the Navy and was an active member of the 24 group. He graduated from North Carolina State University and married Jean Mary Kelley. They had three children, Kathy, Laura, and Lee. He began his professional career in the textile industry and subsequently worked for Holsum Bakery and Wix Filters.

A lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia, Bob served in many capacities, among them Deacon, Elder, teacher, and youth advisor. He was also a longstanding member of the Rotary Club, Gastonia City Council, With Friends organization, and numerous civic and trade association boards. Based on his lifetime achievement and service, he received the Allen H. Sims Award from the Community Foundation of Gaston County in 2005.
His wife, Jean, preceded him in death. Later, Bob married Mary Wilson (Tuga) Clements and added her family to his blessings. He loved family, friends, travel, fishing, growing tomatoes, practical jokes, and sometimes, even golf. Friends for life described Bob as a genuine, gentle, and fun man of great humor, compassion, and a reasonable golf handicap.

He deeply loved his family; wife Tuga Adams of Gastonia, daughter Kathryn Gately and husband Don of Charlotte NC, their children Kelley Ripp and husband Daniel, Tyler Gately, and Adams Gately (deceased); daughter Laura Ellis and husband, Charles of Greenville NC, their children McLean Ellis, Haydon Ellis, and William Ellis; son Lee Adams of Belmont NC; step-son Carter Clements and wife Julia of Oakland CA, their child Isadora; step-daughter Anne Clements of Washington DC, her children Neville Palmer and Nathanial Palmer.

Because of Bob's passion for the economic health of Gaston County, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in Bob's name to the Community Foundation of Gaston County, with designation to Gaston Career Climb, 601 West Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, NC, 28052.

A service celebrating the life of Mr. Adams will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. John L. Frye Jr. and the Rev. Shawn Griffith officiating.

Inurnment will be private.

The family will receive friends from 3 until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at Covenant Village, from 7 until 9 p.m. Tuesday evening at McLean Funeral Home of Gastonia, and immediately following the memorial service at the church.

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mr. Adams.
Published by Gaston Gazette from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2009.
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Tuga, you brave and wonderful lady. Only through you did I know Bob but your love for him told me he was a
wonderful husband, father and friend.
Good byes are only an interruption and
they make the reunion more rewarding.
God bless you and your family
...John Derr, Pinehurst, NC.
January 4, 2010
Sincere condolences to the family
As you grieve your lost, may you be comforted by the love of family and friends, and above all by God's love.
Joh 11:25.26
L Ellis
December 30, 2009
Dear Tuga : How sad to learn of Bob's passing. We will miss him terribly...his laughter and encouragement were contagious. Sending you much love during this difficult time. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Ellen Shuntich
December 30, 2009
Dearest Tuga and family. Please accept my deepest sympathy on Bob's passing. I will miss his hugs, humor and encouragement. May God's comfort and peace be yours during this sad time. Dr. Pat Krikorian, With Friends, Inc.
December 29, 2009
Dearest Tuga and family. Please accept my deepest sympathy on Bob's passing. I will miss his hugs, humor and encouragement. May God's comfort and peace be yours during this sad time.
Dr. Pat Krikorian
December 29, 2009
Dearest Tuga: Fred and I were saddened to hear Bob was in the hospital. His kindness and humor will be remembered by all of us who had the honor to know him and call him friend. His support of local projects to better the community and the lives of our citizens will never be forgotten.
Fred & Jan Jackson
December 29, 2009
Dear Tuga; I was shocked to see Robert as I made my rounds at Gaston Hospital Sunday. To see his smile was truly an inspiration to me. I know he is in heaven dancing like Daivd. And I know you and I will see him again. May God Bless you and keep you.
With my Deepest Sympathy and Love:
Brenda Hennighan
December 29, 2009
Although we’ve never met, I was saddened by the loss of your beloved family member. May “the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our tribulation” be with you.
Lavern Clifton
December 29, 2009
My dearest Tuga and Adams family,

Charlie and I send much love and our deepest sympathy on the loss of Bob Adams -- a true Southern gentleman, husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He will be sorely missed.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. much love, Madelyn
Madelyn Rankin Zoi
December 29, 2009
Dear Tuga and family: I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bob's death. Although I was in the car and did not get to speak to him, I thought I saw him on the street last week. Disappointed because he was always a great and pleasant gentleman in the best sense of that appelation. When he was a City Councilman and I was a County Commissioner, we worked together on some projects with long term benefits to the City and the County. He was easy and pleasant to work with.I particularly appreciate the work that you and he did with With Friends. This community will miss him. With my most sincere sympathy at this ttime of loss. Harley Gaston
December 28, 2009
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