April 24, 1945 – June 3, 2021
Rayburn Lee Adams Dear friends and family- Lee, Dad, Pop, Paw Lee, Uncle Lee, brother-in-law, precious husband, protector of the many he loved and the very best of friends, left us as peacefully as he lived every day. Pop passed in the early hours of June 3rd, 2021 in his sleep, and with his loving wife Margret by his side as she had been for 34 years. He was in no pain and most importantly, he was at peace with the Lord. Those who knew Pop knew he was blessed with the gifts of kindness, compassion, and a sincerely generous spirit. He loved everyone in a way that very few could. He was a gentle soul who gave all he had to whoever needed his time or resources. He was the very proud and loving father to 6, Paw-Lee to 14 grandchildren and 8 1/2 great-grandchildren (+ one on the way), and loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was also a loving friend to countless and a caring father figure to so many others. Pop seemed to make meaningful connections with those he met, and many considered him to be family, or a second dad. Although his Mother and Daddy passed years ago, he was a loving son who missed them daily and spoke of them often. He shared a thousand stories of Kentucky and of his parents’ hard work as janitors at his school, and kind gestures to everyone from neighbors to strangers. He was the youngest of three boys and loved his brothers dearly. Russel and Donald remained a huge part of him until the very end. He looked forward to every phone call he had with them. Pop was a Navy Veteran who sailed the seas as a very young man. He was known as the “Oil King” who controlled the usage of oil on a Navy ship larger than he’d ever imagined as a barefoot boy fishing on the banks of a pond in western Kentucky. After designing for Kimball piano company, where he “procured” materials to hand-craft a new baby bed for his first born, he designed pipe at Texas Gas in Owensboro Kentucky then ventured out to south Louisiana because he couldn’t afford to fill the propane tank for the winter back home. For the next 40+ years, he was a proud PIPER and one of the best piping designers to ever “sling lead” in Baton Rouge. For many years he brought two trays of homemade biscuits and a jar of homemade jelly to work every morning. He always saved biscuits for the cleaning crew because he understood they were just as important as everyone else. Pop was an LSU fan who also enjoyed woodworking, Hallmark Christmas movies (even in the summer time), bird watching (especially the hummingbirds), kittens, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at midnight, Mississippi Mud Pie, Carrot Cake, fresh figs and strawberries, Strawberry shortcake, strawberry jelly (and did I mention he really loved Strawberries?), Louis Lamar western novels, good BBQ, love stories with happy endings and songs that told a heart-warming story. He loved a fresh tomato sandwich and enjoyed growing his own tomatoes. He enjoyed a lot of things, but garlic never made that list… His passion for many, many years was writing. And at a minimum, he was a talented and colorful storyteller at heart which helped him keep a sharp mind until the very end. His short stories were published in many magazines over the years. He also published many books he was very proud of. He’d be happy to know his signed copies are now highly sought-after collector’s items…Good job Pop. Hope I’m in 30% for the free advertising... A huge thank you to those who considered our Dad a friend and loved him the way we did. And very special thanks to Sally Graugnard (with Bridgeway Hospice Care) who showed such wonderful compassion for a brand-new friend. I hope your kindness can be an example to all. Sometimes holding someone’s hand and a simple I love you, means the world to someone, as it did to Pop. And sometimes it means even more to so many others... Thank you Sally. A celebration of life gathering (and of course BBQ) will be held on Saturday, June 12th, 2021 at 2:00 PM at 10433 Malibu Court in Central Louisiana. All are welcomed to join us. If you are able, please confirm attendance and headcount to firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP is appreciated but not required.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, June 12, 2021
June 8, 2021
I grew up with Lee going to the same school, same church and our parents were friends. His family was a beautiful christian family.
I know he's in a better place but it breaks my heart that he's not here in the flesh with us. He was precious friend.
Lee's emails stopped coming and I didn't know why until now.
So I never knew he was ill. Sorry about that.
To the family, you all are in my prayers, thoughts and heart. May the Lord keep you in his loving care and hold you tight.
Love, Eunice & Jim
June 7, 2021
i met Lee thru a cousin. We are not blood kin but I have always loved and cared for him. we could miss talking or seeing each other for years but when we reconnected it was special. I met Margaret when they came to visit snd stayed with us and discovered she was very caring and loving too. To me Lee was a very special and loving person. You will be missed but I will see you again. Love to all the family.
June 7, 2021
I worked with Mr. Lee at Jacobs years ago. He was a piping checker for one of the big projects we had at the time (2007-2009). He was always available to ask any questions and was very kind to help. It was a few weeks after meeting him that I found out he was the father of David, whom I worked with for many years at the Convent Refinery. My sympathies to the family.
June 5, 2021
Lee, words cannot tell you how much you will be missed. I will miss you brother. Love, Donald
June 5, 2021
My sincere sympathy to the Adams’ family for your loss. Lee & I were childhood friends, both attended Mt Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Our families would visit in each other’s homes, it was a wonderful time. As a kid I had a crush on Lee, he was older & so kind to me, never made me feel foolish, he knew how to handle a child’s crush. Years later I met Margaret & fell in love with her too, they were the cutest couple. I enjoyed our lunches & laughter plus the many phone calls we shared. My heart goes out to everyone because Lee was special, such a good man. Margaret, my love is with you in your time of sorrow. Carol Wolken