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Tracy Lee Adams Sr.

August 13, 1963August 7, 2020
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Tracy Lee Adams, Sr., age 56, was born on Tuesday, August 13, 1963, at Lackland AFB, in San Antonio, Texas. His kind and compassionate heart gave out suddenly on Friday, August 7, 2020, at his home in Canyon Lake, Texas.

Tracy attended Elementary Schools in Springfield, Ohio, and Port Neches, Texas, before the family moved to Gilchrist, Texas. Soon afterwards, they settled in Crystal Beach, Texas, where Tracy attended High Island Schools (1974-1981). A gifted athlete, Tracy excelled in sports. In track, he was a Regional and State finalist in hurdles and the mile relay and received many awards and medals. Tracy was all-district football Wide Receiver, winning Bi-District Championship (1979), State Finalist (1980) and among other awards, selected All-District Wide Receiver (1980-1981).

He played trumpet in the Cardinal Band from 1978-1981, winning the John Phillip Sousa Award (1981). This started Tracy's love of music. He was a singer, songwriter and found peace in playing guitar. He was happiest when playing at a club or at an event......Tracy was an entertainer. His quick wit, infectious laughter and musical talent, were the perfect combination to capture the attention of any crowd.

Tracy was chosen Class Favorite, in 1981. After a few moments with him, one could easily understand how this was decided. He had a gift for making others laugh and a sense of dry, relentless, raw wit. Often impish, Tracy was inclined to keep everyone entertained and laughing with his mischievous behavior. This was pleasing to him and his eyes would twinkle with his comedic escapades.

His hobbies included fishing, woodworking and cooking. He was a great cook and would often enter a local "Cook Off" and walk away the winner. Tracy loved motorcycles and enjoyed short, solo trips or longer road trips, riding with friends across the United States.

Tracy was the recipient of the NHS Character Award, in 1981. They say that you can judge a man's character by his actions toward animals and people. Tracy proved to be proficient at both. His beloved pets, Chloe Belle, Highway, KiKi and Stormy, were a comfort to him and he treated them with unselfish love and care. Tracy had a huge heart and enjoyed giving to others. He volunteered with the United States Marine Corps' Toys for Tots, both while serving and after his retirement. In addition, he was instrumental in coordinating benevolent events at the FOE #3719, in Crystal Beach, Texas. Those events included cooking and serving dinner on Thanksgiving Day to the Veterans at the Eagles #3719 and the VFW #2673, in Sattler, Texas, for many years. He always put the needs of others before his own.

Following graduation, Tracy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, (1981 - 2001), and was stationed in San Diego, California. He traveled extensively within the United States for training. His primary specialties included: Field Artillery Cannoneer, Infantry Operations Specialist and Operations Chief. His decorations included: (3) Letters of Appreciation, (4) Good Conduct Medals, (2) Meritorious Mast, (2) Meritorious Unit Citation, (3) Navy Achievement Medals and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He completed Platoon Sergeant training and his Marksmanship Instructor courses. Upon retirement, Tracy was Honorably Discharged as a Gunnery Sergeant. The Marine Corps was his life and he truly lived the motto, "Semper Fi, Until You Die", as he was "always faithful" and "always loyal".

Most of all, Tracy lived a full life doing what he loved most....spending time with family, friends and his military family.

Tracy was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Harvey White and Mary Louise (Rodriguez) White and an infant niece, Jennifer Marie Holm.

He is survived by sons, Tracy Lee "TJ" Adams, Jr., of San Diego, California; and Gabriel Adams and wife, Courtney, of Meridian, Mississippi; grandsons, Jordyn, Iseah, Noah and Karson; siblings: Wendy Lizza and husband, Glenn, of LaPorte, Texas; Bette Legge and husband, Fred, of Yellowsprings, Ohio; Bobby White and wife, Melissa, of Palacious, Texas; and Dean Adams and wife, Dawn, of College Station, Texas; nieces: Jessica Dyess, Allie Brosh, Becky Zych and Jessica White; nephews: Joseph Lizza, Jeremy Stroupe, Jason Oates, James White and Griffin White; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends, who became his extended family.

A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Friday, May 7, 2021, 1:00PM, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 9601 W. Fairmont Parkway, La Porte, Texas 77571. Rev. Kevin Gilmore will officiate. The Marine Corp Ceremonial Honor Guard from Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, will be present for Military Honor Services.

Friends and Family will gather at 4:00PM on Saturday, May 8, 2021, 2825 Tradewind Lane, Crystal Beach / between Barrel Markers #96/97 on the beach of Bolivar Peninsula, for Tracy's final farewell. The VFW Post #880 (Galveston, Texas) will provide military honors. A reception will follow at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #3719, Crystal Beach, Texas.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • A Final Farewell to Tracy

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

Memories

Tracy Lee Adams Sr.

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Randal Munoz

March 17, 2021

Brother I did not personally know you but you are my brother in Arms. Rest Easy Marine. May the wind always be at your back

Holly Barrett-Jackson

September 13, 2020

It’s hard to put into words how sorry I am for your loss. Tracy will be missed by so many. My heart and prayers go out to all.
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I met Tracy in the late 1970's through my best friend Sherry. She invited me to the last day of their school one year. Since then we have shared many memories. From my summers growing up at the beach and the years that followed, when we were all lucky enough be there, at the beach, at the same time. We would gather around my Grandparents place, sitting down stairs on the big bench swing, talking or walking down to the beach. At the end of summer, we would usually build a bonfire. Sitting around the fire listening to music blaring on someone's boombox. All of us talking and laughing. It was always funny watching Tracy and Steven joking around with each other. It was always a little sad to say goodbye.
I will forever remember Tracy's smile and those hello and goodbye hugs he would give you. He would squeeze you so tight it almost took your breath away.
You will truly be missed Tracy Lee Adams, by me and by so many, many more. I hope you are giving all those around you now your "Tracy Hugs".

Sherry Ahart

August 28, 2020

Our paths in life officially crossed in 1976. I have so many fun memories of school activities and Summers at the beach. After I moved away (1980), life took us on our own separate journeys. Thirty years later, our foursome of friends reunited and so did our love for one another. Save me a seat, have the fishing poles ready and the dial set to NPR radio. The butterflies will always be there, Tracy Lee.

Donald Johnson

August 13, 2020

I am a retired Marine SgtMaj. I served for 30 years in the Marine Corps. I met Tracy at the VFW. We became friends instantly because that’s Marines do. About a month ago he visited me because I had been sick. I live alone and it meant a lot to me for him to take time to come see me. We talked for hours mostly about the Corps. Last Wednesday I was going to return the favor because he had been sick. He wasn’t home so we planned for another time. Unfortunately we never got that chance. Semper Fi Brother!

Paul Knipe

August 13, 2020

Until it is my turn to take post in heaven. Semper Fi Brother.

ROBERT GLENN

August 13, 2020

R.I.P. MARINE.. S.F. I DID NOT KNOW YOU PERSONALLY, BUT SEEN YOUR OBITUARY ON MARINE CORPS PAGE YOUR FRIEND HAD POSTED, PRAYERS FOR YOU FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT THIS TIME OF LOSE..

Chris Adducchio

August 12, 2020

Tracy..too many memories of you and I when I lived in Houston for a year and all the times Bette and I came to visit with you. You helped me through such a hard time in my life when I was in Houston. I just want to say "Thank You" and that I will miss your smartass comments and sarcasm that made me laugh. I love you and will miss you brother...

Lori Benjamin

August 11, 2020

I will miss the times that we spent together. The food, the drinks and the food you would bring me while I was Bartending. You, Tony ,Don and I being Marines had a special bond. I will miss your laugh, your smile and the music you would play when I would come to visit. 💔 Love you forever. You will never be forgotten! Semper Fi Brother. ❤❤❤

Daphne Mercado

August 11, 2020

Rest in peace my dear sweet friend. You were my "Voice of Reason " many times. I am so very thankful for the time we had the last weeks. I will miss our talks.

Daphne

FROM THE FAMILY

Boys and their toys....Tracy behind the wheel of a vintage Ferrari.

FROM THE FAMILY

Boys and their toys....Tracy behind the wheel of a vintage Ferrari.

FROM THE FAMILY

Officially a "Jarhead" - August 1981

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Tracy knew his way around the kitchen....he was a great cook.

FROM THE FAMILY

Doing what he enjoyed most ..playing his guitar.

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Tracy and Elvira on the Port Bolivar Ferry.

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Tracy's first wheels

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Wendy and Tracy

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Tracy's brother, Dean (age 5) and sister, Wendy (age 8).

FROM THE FAMILY

Ronnie, Dean, Tracy, Jimmy and Wendy roasting hot dogs at the beach.

Biography

Tracy Lee Adams, Sr., age 56, was born on Tuesday, August 13, 1963, at Lackland AFB, in San Antonio, Texas. His kind and compassionate heart gave out suddenly on Friday, August 7, 2020, at his home in Canyon Lake, Texas.

Tracy attended Elementary Schools in Springfield, Ohio, and Port Neches, Texas, before the family moved to Gilchrist, Texas. Soon afterwards, they settled in Crystal Beach, Texas, where Tracy attended High Island Schools (1974-1981). A gifted athlete, Tracy excelled in sports. In track, he was a Regional and State finalist in hurdles and the mile relay and received many awards and medals. Tracy was all-district football Wide Receiver, winning Bi-District Championship (1979), State Finalist (1980) and among other awards, selected All-District Wide Receiver (1980-1981).

He played trumpet in the Cardinal Band from 1978-1981, winning the John Phillip Sousa Award (1981). This started Tracy's love of music. He was a singer, songwriter and found peace in playing guitar. He was happiest when playing at a club or at an event......Tracy was an entertainer. His quick wit, infectious laughter and musical talent, were the perfect combination to capture the attention of any crowd.

Tracy was chosen Class Favorite, in 1981. After a few moments with him, one could easily understand how this was decided. He had a gift for making others laugh and a sense of dry, relentless, raw wit. Often impish, Tracy was inclined to keep everyone entertained and laughing with his mischievous behavior. This was pleasing to him and his eyes would twinkle with his comedic escapades.

His hobbies included fishing, woodworking and cooking. He was a great cook and would often enter a local "Cook Off" and walk away the winner. Tracy loved motorcycles and enjoyed short, solo trips or longer road trips, riding with friends across the United States.

Tracy was the recipient of the NHS Character Award, in 1981. They say that you can judge a man's character by his actions toward animals and people. Tracy proved to be proficient at both. His beloved pets, Chloe Belle, Highway, KiKi and Stormy, were a comfort to him and he treated them with unselfish love and care. Tracy had a huge heart and enjoyed giving to others. He volunteered with the United States Marine Corps' Toys for Tots, both while serving and after his retirement. In addition, he was instrumental in coordinating benevolent events at the FOE #3719, in Crystal Beach, Texas. Those events included cooking and serving dinner on Thanksgiving Day to the Veterans at the Eagles #3719 and the VFW #2673, in Sattler, Texas, for many years. He always put the needs of others before his own.

Following graduation, Tracy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, (1981 - 2001), and was stationed in San Diego, California. He traveled extensively within the United States for training. His primary specialties included: Field Artillery Cannoneer, Infantry Operations Specialist and Operations Chief. His decorations included: (3) Letters of Appreciation, (4) Good Conduct Medals, (2) Meritorious Mast, (2) Meritorious Unit Citation, (3) Navy Achievement Medals and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He completed Platoon Sergeant training and his Marksmanship Instructor courses. Upon retirement, Tracy was Honorably Discharged as a Gunnery Sergeant. The Marine Corps was his life and he truly lived the motto, "Semper Fi, Until You Die", as he was "always faithful" and "always loyal".

Most of all, Tracy lived a full life doing what he loved most....spending time with family, friends and his military family.

Tracy was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Harvey White and Mary Louise (Rodriguez) White and an infant niece, Jennifer Marie Holm.

He is survived by sons, Tracy Lee "TJ" Adams, Jr., of San Diego, California; and Gabriel Adams and wife, Courtney, of Meridian, Mississippi; grandsons, Jordyn, Iseah, Noah and Karson; siblings: Wendy Lizza and husband, Glenn, of LaPorte, Texas; Bette Legge and husband, Fred, of Yellowsprings, Ohio; Bobby White and wife, Melissa, of Palacious, Texas; and Dean Adams and wife, Dawn, of College Station, Texas; nieces: Jessica Dyess, Allie Brosh, Becky Zych and Jessica White; nephews: Joseph Lizza, Jeremy Stroupe, Jason Oates, James White and Griffin White; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends, who became his extended family.

Due to pandemic restrictions and the love and well being for our family and friends, a "Celebration of Life" service for Tracy will be announced at a later date.