Wed. Oct. 18, 2017
2:00 pm
Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston , TX 77038.
In Memory of
Lee Preston Adams
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On the evening of October 4, 2017, Lee Preston Adams, age 86, living in Spring, Texas came home from the hospital, told the staff at his residence that “he was just worn out and that he needed a nap” and when they came to check on him a hour or so later, he had passed away in his sleep.  Born in Duckhill, Mississippi on Monday, May 25, 1931, he was the second child and first-born son of Lela Gertrude Grant Adams (b. August 17, 1910 d. September 15, 1966) and Daniel Wesley Adams (b. December 23, 1909 d. January 16, 2002).  He is preceded in death by his father and mother, his brother, Daniel Wesley Adams, Jr. and by his sister, Eloise Adams Fifield (b. January 21, 1931 d. January 19, 1996).  Survivors include his sister, Charlie Christine Adams Kurtz and her daughters, Lynne Duncan and Diane Villareal.  Both Lynne and Diane have very fond memories of their Uncle Preston.  He also leaves behind his daughter, Deborah Lynn Adams Muston and her husband, Tommy Joe Muston, as well as his son, Andrew Colley Adams and Andrew’s son, Ciaran Cole Adams.  

Lee Preston Adams never met a stranger, possessing a very outgoing personality, along with a very strong work ethic.  He started doing carpentry work at the age of 12, helping his father deconstruct the WWI camps in Mississippi and leaving school in the tenth grade to go to work.  He entered the Air Force in 1951 and was sent for basic training in San Antonio, Texas.  He became ill in basic training and was discharged from the service immediately.  Spending about 3 years in the hospital in Memphis, while being treated for subacute bacterial endocarditis, he met his wife to be, Mollie Ruth Colley, and married her in 1954.  Subsequently, they were blessed with the birth of Deborah, October 4, 1956, and their son, Andrew, b. June 7, 1964.  Dad always liked to tell everyone that he had been given 6 months to live in 1951 and he was still there.  

That strong work ethic was always apparent.  Dad was a master builder.  He was brilliant.  He could design a building, draw the plans, do the foundation work, frame up the walls, the electrical, plumbing, carpeting, roofing, painting, in short, everything from start to finish when it came to building a house.  His specialty was drywall finishing work.  He was able to ornament walls and ceilings with his attractive swirls and other finishing techniques.  

Dad was an inveterate optimist, a true gentleman and quite the raconteur.  He lived with an enthusiasm, a zest for life that made him friends wherever he went.  An overgrown teenager, he was always able to relate to children.  He was blessed with a great sense of humor, managing to laugh and joke right up until the end.  Never a complainer, he would always tell you that “I’m okay” whenever you asked how he was doing, even if that wasn’t the case.  

Dad loved to travel.  And he loved fast cars and trucks.  When he was a young man, he drove stock cars and loved to customize his vehicles.  Over the years, he frequently drove from Florida, where he lived with his brother, to California, so that he could visit with his sister in Anaheim.  He always stopped in Houston to visit with his children.  

We feel blessed to have had him in our lives for as many years as we did.  Blessed that he is no longer experiencing pain.  Thankful that he was so present in our lives.
 
I want to thank the Alzheimer’s Support Group, for their many kindnesses and for the love and support that they have given Deborah as she served as her father’s care-giver for the last seven years.  I would also like to acknowledge the staff at HomeBridge Care, for the manner in which they cared for my father.  They handled him with love and respect.  I can’t thank them enough for all their kindnesses toward Dad.  The folks at HomeBridge Care include: Carol Gheida, Brittany Stifflemire, Trekesa Lartique, Carmina Rosario, Tiffany Blake, Jelicia Dennis, Stephany Villegas, Amber Tawes, Kidra Rogers, Ngozi Okoh, Rosa Valdez and Jennifer Villanueva. I’d also like to acknowledge Dr. Sheila Loboprabhu, Dr. Adelaide Adjuvo and RN Doris Inkumsah who cared for Dad in the VA system.  I’d also like to thank Dad’s dentist, Dr. Stephen E. Couvillion.

Please, join us in a celebration of Dad’s life at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038, on October 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm.  Pastor Larry Womack, of Coppercreek Church will be delivering the eulogy.  According to his wishes, Dad’s remains have been cremated.  If you would like to send flowers, they cannot be delivered before 8:00 am on the 18th.  In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in the name of Lee P. Adams.  

This is a military funeral.  They start and stop punctually.  We are allowed to line up in Lane 1 at the cemetery starting at 1:45 pm on the day of the funeral.  We will not be allowed to linger around after the funeral, since there will be another service starting at 2:30 pm on that day.  We are planning to meet at the Luby’s south of the cemetery on Veterans Memorial Drive to continue our celebration of Dad’s life.

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