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.