Lee Allen Adams Jr.

January 21, 1926May 10, 2014

Lee Allen Adams, Jr, passed away at his home in Houston, Texas, on the 10th of May 2014. Born in Ponca City, Oklahoma in 1926, Lee was the only child of Lee A. Adams, an Oklahoma oil man, and Dollie O’Niell Adams. His maternal grandfather helped build the Catholic church of Franklin, Louisiana where Lee was christened and received his first communion during his parents’ vacations from Oklahoma to Louisiana. Lee graduated from Oklahoma Military Academy in 1944. Graduating at the top of his class, he immediately went to Officer Candidate School. Upon graduation from that program he was shipped to Europe as an Infantry Lieutenant. After a harrowing voyage across the English Channel when the Channel was rumored to be invaded by German U-boats, Lee arrived in Le Havre, France in February, 1945. There his group was loaded into boxcars and railroaded to the Front, occupied by Germans, at Strasbourg, France. At the Front, Lee joined Easy Company, the 63rd Infantry Division. His group was to sweep out a German position near Crailsheim using bayonets. Mercifully, Lee’s team was moved out of position a day later so the Allies could launch an air attack. Shortly thereafter, Germany surrendered. After the war Lee entered The University of Oklahoma at Norman, Oklahoma and graduated in 1947 with a Petroleum Engineering degree. In 1947, Lee met the love of his life, Mary Jo Twidwell, at Ma Smith’s Boarding House while eating lunch. After they each completed their degrees at Oklahoma University, they married on November 26, 1949 at First Christian Church in Oklahoma City. However, in 1951, as a Captain in the Army Reserves, he was called back to duty with the Korean Crisis. Lee was sent back to Europe for another tour of duty where his main job was to protect Germany from the threat of a Russian invasion. At the age of 31, Lee was baptized at First Christian Church of Midland, Texas. With his wife and daughters, he attended Tulsa’s Southern Hills Christian, Ft. Worth’s University Christian, Dallas Central Christian where he served as a deacon and Houston’s Bellaire Christian, Memorial Drive Presbyterian and Tallowood Baptist churches. Lee worked in the oil business his entire career from 1949 until near his death. Lee’s petroleum career took its major shift in January 1960 when he resigned from Stanolind then Amoco and began acquiring producing petroleum properties and companies for various employers. Job titles during this period included Vice President with Fina Oil and Chemicals and President of his own company. Lee was an impressive speaker and singer, having a voice similar to that of Perry Como. With his wife, Jo, at the piano, he was known to sing popular hit songs with great skill and enthusiasm. In his private life he was a fascinating and humorous storyteller: His topics ranged from childhood visits to Louisiana Bayou Teche to his work as a young man in the oil business to the more exciting and profitable oil business deals of later years. His fine sense of humor will be missed. Always the foodie, he took his extended family to many a fine restaurant, generously insisting on paying the bill, no matter how large the crowd. Lee also loved to play games --- a master at tennis, golf and ping pong, he passed this passion on to his daughters. Lee is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary Jo Adams. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Pannabecker, and his three daughters, Lynda Lee Adams-Chau and her husband Patrick Chau of Vancouver, Washington; K. Susie Adams (Frost) and her husband, James Dahle Frost III of Livingston, Texas; and Kathy Adams Bley and her husband, Carl Bley of Birmingham, Alabama. He was also blessed with seven grandchildren: David Bley, Brian Chau, Karen Frost, Amy Hood, Marilyn Chau, Jimmy Frost, and John Chau and one great grandson, Grady Hugh Hood. The family wishes to thank Alice Cunningham, her daughter Carla and Good Care Sitting for their special care of Lee. Funeral will be at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079, on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Viewing will begin at 1 pm with funeral to be at 3 pm. Burial to follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.


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Kay Payne

May 21, 2014

Our love, sympathy, and wishes that we could be there with you all.

Susie Bagwell

May 20, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
With sincere sympathy,

Anne Schuette

May 20, 2014

The Adams' household was like a second home for me growing up. One favorite memory is Mr. Adams singing Christmas songs, especially, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire," because he used a silly voice and it was usually steaming hot in Houston during the holiday season. Then, the tiny toy dog, "Ginger," who thought she was a huge guard dog and Lee would encourage her when the door opened. He'd say, "Kill, Ginger, Kill." And little Ginger would growl and bark like a killer want-a-be. It was hilarious.

Sherri Twidwell/Hensler

May 19, 2014

Uncle Lee was my favorite uncle. Even though I was very young the last time I spent time with him and his family, he spent time with the kids telling stories and laughing. He was an awesome man. To my cousins and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all very much.

Carla (Twidwell) Emmert

May 19, 2014

My deepest sympathies to you all for the loss of your wonderful father. May Uncle Lee rest in peace.

May 18, 2014

My condolences to the family at this most difficult time. May you "draw close to God, and he will draw close to you." ~James 4:8

Mitchell ~Richmond,TX


May 18, 2014

May the "God of tender mercy" be with you and your family during this time of sorry.

Yvette Lee

May 15, 2014

May the "God of all Comfort" 1 Cor 1:3,4) be with you at this difficult time. Wishing you peace.

May 14, 2014

Our hearts goes out to you in this difficult time.
Anne og Aasmund