Robert Louis Adams died unexpectantly on June 16, 2018 doing what he loved, piloting ships. As an Aransas/Corpus Christi Harbor Pilot since 1989, Louis’s naturally exceptional ability in his craft quickly earned him the respect of his peers and the honor of being named Presiding Officer on two separate occasions. A true lover of the water, he lived his life seeking adventure whether boating through the Gulf Coast waters on his boat KALA, fishing in the waters of Copano Bay, or floating down the Frio River. Louis always had a smile on his face and a joke on his lips, sometimes inappropriate jokes. A Houston Texan fan to the core, Louis enjoyed a rich social life as a member of the Brotherhood of the Coast, founding member of the Aransas Pass Yacht Club, and dedicated member of the Taylor Swift fan club.
He and his wife Karen Elaine Womack Adams of La Porte, Texas recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with family and friends in Concan, Texas. As high school sweethearts, they were best friends and enjoyed a wonderful life full of adventures. Concan was the location of many shenanigans such as drive by water gun shootings in his Jeep Sangria, blaring the Dixie Horn up and down River Road, and even the infamous potato gun shootings off the back porch of his house, Wildflower. (Sorry Big Red!) However, many people did not know that Karen had some competition for Louis’s affection, there was another woman in Louis’s life, Minnie Mouse. Karen and Louis are both true lovers of Disneyworld and Louis was able to see his beloved Minnie many times during his 64 years.
Louis is preceded in death by his parents Robert Eugene Adams and Anna Mae McKie Adams.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Karen Elaine Womack Adams, son Robert Andrew Adams and wife Amanda of The Woodlands, daughter Lisa Adams Spivey and husband Gregory of Corpus Christi, Tx, and his four grandchildren and sister, Deborah Adams Winegar of League City, Texas.
Visitation will be from 12:00 pm-8:00 pm Thursday, June 21, 2018, and the Funeral Service will be Friday, June 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm all held at the Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass, Tx. Interment will follow at Prairie View Cemetery.
My condolences to the family of Mr. Adams. Sorry for your loss. I only got to meet him once at MITAGS but I could tell he was a great guy. Rest in peace Mr. Adams.
Joshua BakerLas Vegas, NV
I only had the opportunity to know Louis for six years, but that was more than enough to know he was a great man and a wonderful soul. My most sincere condolences to his family. I really enjoyed working with Louis and he will truly be missed. I’m just thankful I had the opportunity to get to know him.
Donald L HoferHumble, TX
ALL OF MY CHILDREN AND MYSELF SEND OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS. I WAS BLESSED TO GROW UP WITH DEBBIE AND LOUIS AND OUR FAMILIES WERE IF WE WERE BLOOD I MISS ALL OF YOU AND PRAY AS MISS ANNIE AND MR ROBERT ALWAYS SAID " I'LL WAIT FOR YOU BEYOND THE BEYOND" AND THEY WERE WAITING FOR LOUIS AND WILL BE WAITING FOR ALL OF THE REST OF THE FAMILY .
BECKY ARTHUR WATSONMT HERMON, MI
Louis was a wonderful person who was a friend from the moment we met. He was open and honest and a joy to be around. I am sad for Karen and the rest of Corpus Christi.
Tom HudsonThe Woodlands, TX
Just a couple weeks ago, Louis called our vessel on the radio just to say hello before helping a ship out - it was one of the most interesting things, and we felt so special that the Pilot boat called us! We were lucky that Louis touched our lives. Couldn’t imagine a better neighbor. It seems like just the other day he was inviting us over for a party with his nautical brothers and including us as one of his own. We know he will continue to watch over us and Karen as we spend time on the water, where we all are the happiest.
Nicole & Erich LangstonDallas, TX
A warm smile and big hug was always there when we would pass each other boarding or sailing ships. His advice and knowledge was invaluable and always given with a humble heart. I will miss him terribly and share my deepest sympathy to Karen and his family. Rest well, Louis.
Susan Moore-BennettCorpus Christi, TX
As a retired Houston Pilot I have known Capt. Louis and his Family for more than 50 years, he will be greatly missed in our Maritime Industry. The Texas Retired Pilots sends their condolences because we all know, we hafta cross that final bar. Amen
Ernie ReedPlum Grove, TX
It was an honor and privilege to work with Capt. Robert Adams.
It was a pleasure knowing and fishing with Capt. Louis Adams.
My sincerest sympathies are with all of his family and friends.
David SmithHouston, TX
Karen, We are so sorry for your loss.
Tim and Sharon Stephenson. BOC 221Waller, TX
What a shock to lose Louis on Saturday . Had a few jokes that morning as was his way . He will be missed by all of us and his visits to the office . Enjoyed his stories, his laughter and love of his Yorkies . Karen I am so sorry for such a loss . Prayers for you and family
Karen CowanCorpus Christi, TX
I knew Louis and Debbie from our youth when they visited Fulton at the Neely’s. As I became older I became very fond of his parents, Robert and Annie. That smile that Louis has is infectious. ‘The Adam’s Family will always have a special spot in my heart. With deepest sympathies..
Bill and Bobbi MillsRockport, TX
Please except our sincere condolences. Louis was a pleasure to be with and we were fortunate to have him serving The State of Texas. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor followed by his great smile.
God Bless you and Comfort you during this time of sadness.
Wally & Maureen Hogan
Wally & Maureen HoganLeague City, TX
We send our heartfelt condolences and our prayers to the family.
Jacques Mouttet and Annette LeBert MouttetCorpus Christi, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with Robert and his family.
John and Lynn Fernandez
Biscayne Bay Pilots
John FernandezMiami, FL
Everyone at the American Pilots' Association sends our deepest heartfelt condolences to the Adams Family as well as the Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots Family. We are just devastated by the loss of one of our members. May Captain Adams rest in God's eternal peace.
Lisa Powell TownshendWashington, DC
Louis was a joy to be around and the world was a much better place because of him. Karen, the BOC will embrace you and get you through this terrible time. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Mary and Bill HallmarkLeague City, TX
i worked for louis for going on 12 years as a boatmen for the Aransas pilots and he will be missed dearly,we have had a lot of good laughs in the middle of the night going out to board ships..my condolences to his family,he was a very special man
Jimmy Harmoncorpus christi, TX
Louis and Karen had the most wonderful marriage. As Karen told me, "We laugh with each other every day." Louis always made you feel like his best friend. He was a very fine person and will be missed greatly. God Bless you always as you keep an eye on your family from Heaven.
Sharon EmersonCorpus Christi, TX
I have known Louis and his family for over 60 years and they have been wonderful lifelong friends. My condolences go out to his family during this difficult time and he will be missed. He was a natural-born leader.
Tom Lightsey, Jr.HOUSTON, TX
Lost Louie your laugh and friendship will be missed until we meet again - The Count
Mike WagnerMontgomery, TX
Louis will be in good hands, God needed a fun angel. We will miss his constant smile and his BOC Brothers and spouses will continue to be there for Karen.
Mark and Maridee SandridgeLeague City, TX
It was just last week we were on the phone laughing....I was dumbfounded when I heard the news. All the years we spent at AMOCO was such a pleasure. I learned how to put a barge on a tow wire working with you Louis....You always made it look easy....That’s how you got the nickname “Louie the String”.....
In tight situations like the night we lost the tow in twenty footers off that oil rig (we later jokingly referred to as the “Rig of Screams”). You defined “Cool, calm, and collected” that night. You managed to keep that barge off that rig all night and into the wee hours.....
So sorry to here you are gone Louis...
You were always a good friend...You will be missed....
My condolences to Karen, Robert, Lisa...Your family and friends
Bob SmithMarathon, TX
I will miss him dearly!!! My deepest condolences to the whole family!
Angela HutchinsPortland, TX
So sorry to hear about Captain Adams we became aquainted when He was running into Tampa, we had lots of hours in the upper wheelhouse telling our jokes. We will keep him in our prayers..
Captain Gene and Pat KnightTampa, FL
Stephen and Kim BradfordPrague, OK
We are sorry beyond words. Bob & Gwyn Schroeder
Robert SchroederRockport, TX
Please accept our most sincere condolences. Louis was a truly exceptional person. As a Pilot , as a friend and especially when relaxing Louis always brought an easy light hearted approach to life.
For Louis life was to be lived
You will truly be missed. Thank you for your service to the state of Texas as a Texas State Pilot, but especially for making our lives richer
May God bless you and your family always
John G. GunningLake Jackson, TX
Joe HarringtonRockport, TX
Our deepest condolences to Adams family. Truely a great man and will be greatly missed by all.
Walter and Carol Bickel
Walter BickelCorpus Christi our deepest condolences, TX
Louis always had a smile on his face and a hand out for a shake. I don't think the waterway will ever be the same without him. My sincere condolences to his family.
Robert W HawnHouston, TX
There are no words, but lean on me and dear friends around you.. we will lift you up with prayers, our love and be by your side...Gods love be all around you
Amy taylorGordonville, TX
My most sincere condolences from the Ulch family. I worked with Louis for 16 years down at the Harbor and I can say he will truly be missed. He was a fine ship handler, and I can say it was an honor and privilege to work with him. May Fair Winds and Following Seas carry you to Heaven Captain
William S. UlchPort Aransas, TX
An extremely good man, that I have enjoyed working with since the day he became Pilot, and an honor to have known
William and Carol UlchSandia, TX