Bobby "Bob" Drue Adams

February 11, 1927April 4, 2010

Bobby Drue Adams of Odessa, Texas entered into Eternal Life with his Lord on Easter Sunday, April 4th, 2010. He was born to Albert Drue and Maude Adams on February 11th, 1927 in Clyde, Texas. He was the youngest of four children. He graduated from Clyde High School in 1945 and entered active military service during World War II the same year. Serving in the Navy, he was stationed in Alaska, part of the integral construction team known as the Seabees.

He was married to his childhood sweetheart Wanda Jo Peay on her 18th birthday, September 14th, 1946, the same year that Bob began a lifelong career with the El Paso Natural Gas Company.

In his book “The Pipeliners,” Frank Mangan wrote that Clyde, Texas had been just a “whistle stop” “however, in the late twenties and thirties, it developed a claim to fame of its own; it spawned a group of special young men who joined El Paso Natural Gas Company in its early years and became highly respected authorities throughout the entire gas industry as innovators and pioneers in a business about which few people knew.” In the chapter titled The Boys from Clyde the author noted that “Through the years, more and more names of boys from Clyde were added to the employee roster and most of them went on to become well-known and important figures in the company’s development and operations,” specifically naming Bobby Adams, among others, including his brother-in-law T.J. Crutchfield.

Bob Adams’ forty years of service to El Paso Natural Gas would take him and Wanda Jo ~“Jody”~ from the hot and desolate company town of Jal, New Mexico, to beautiful Farmington, New Mexico and finally to El Paso, Texas in 1963. Between 1947 and 1965, Bob and Jody established a family that included five children.

In 1969, Bob and Jody’s oldest son Michael Drue was killed in active duty while serving in the US Army in Vietnam. He was decorated for heroism in connection with military actions during a firefight with a hostile force.

In 1986, Bob retired from EPNG and moved to Odessa, Texas to care for his beloved wife Jody, who became seriously disabled in 1985. Since that time and until the time of his death, he devoted himself and dedicated his life to her care, comfort and well being.

Bob is preceded in death by his son, Michael Drue Adams, his parents Albert Drue and Maude Adams; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Archie and Ducky Peay of Clyde; his sisters Thelma Prue of Clyde, Lindall Connell of Abilene, Texas, Hazel Crutchfield of Midland, Texas and brothers-in-law Homer Connell and Travis Crutchfield. Bob is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Jody Adams; his daughter Julie Adams and her husband Paul Anderson of Kerrville, Texas; his son Jerry Adams and his wife Cathy Adams of Gardendale, Texas; his grandson Jared Adams of Gardendale, Texas; his daughter Lisa Greenwood and her husband Michael Greenwood of Denver, Colorado; his granddaughter Kelsey Gooden of Denver, Colorado; his daughter Laurie Adams and her husband Jim Crockett of Dripping Springs, Texas; and his nephew Don Crutchfield of Del Rio, Texas.

Visitation will be held at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors at 4635 Oakwood Drive, Odessa, Texas, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 8th, 2010, with a Rosary following at 8:00 pm.

The Funeral for Bob Adams will take place on Friday, April 9th, 2010 at 11:00 am at St. Stephens’ Catholic Church, 4601 Neely Avenue Midland Texas.

Interment will be Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:00 a.m. at Olinger Chapel Hill in Littleton, Colorado.


  • Funeral Service Friday, April 9, 2010
  • Vigil Rosary Service Thursday, April 8, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, April 8, 2010
  • Burial Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bobby "Bob" Drue Adams

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Horace Fleming

May 29, 2010

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Kaye Schaaf

April 18, 2010

When the Lord calls our loved one home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Hold on to your memories, and let them guide you during this sad time. But if I can help at this time sadness, I'm here.

Rebecca Weiss

April 12, 2010

Lisa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank God your father had you there with him to ease his passing. What a gift to him you were. May God bless your life with the same kind of love you brought to your father. I love you.

April 12, 2010

Our thoughts are with you and your family. Love, Linda & Dwight Shipp

Wendi Foster

April 10, 2010

To Lisa and her family - you are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 10, 2010

Dear Lisa, Kelsey, Mike and Family
We are so full of love and compassion for you. We know that your hearts are grieved right now. But know that the Lord is very close to the brokenhearted. When Bob Adams comes to mind, all we can think of is "Well done, good & trusted servant". What an honor to have known him. He taught us the true meaning of faithfulness. We love all of you!
Rex & Kathy

Sharon Messer

April 9, 2010

For Lisa and family. My deepest sympathies. I know what a great man your Dad was, devoted to family like no other. My prayers are with you.

Vince Palermo

April 9, 2010

Lisa and family, be assured of my prayers for you all and your beloved Father and Grandfather.

Felicia Ybarra

April 9, 2010

Words, however kind,
can't mend your heartache: ,
but those who care and ,
share your loss wish you,
comfort and peace of mind.,
May you find strength,
in the love of family,
and in the warm embrace,
of friends.,

Deepest Sympathy,

April 9, 2010

Mr. Adams was one special man. I always enjoyed seeing him come in, as he was one of my favorite customers. He would always drop by on Friday, as that was the day we served popcorn and he would always kid me about how fresh the popcorn was or sometimes call ahead to see if the popcorn was fresh. He was such a pleasure to be around I am so blessed that I was given the opportunity to know him & build our friendly lasting relationship over these past many years. He will be greatly missed. There was only one Mr. Adams. God Bless you all.
Suzanne Hill