Services for longtime civic leader and respected businessman William Lewis “Bill” Adamson, 76, of Longview will be 3 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Mobberly Baptist Church’s “The Crossing” with Reverend Dr. Gregg Zackary officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow in Danville Cemetery, Kilgore. Mr. Adamson died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Longview.
He was born April 29, 1942 in Kilgore to Nova Ellen Southwell and John Edwards Adamson. Bill was a 1960 graduate of Kilgore High School, attended Kilgore College and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1964 from North Texas State University. He married Nancy Ray and they moved to New York City where he trained to become a stockbroker. Bill then accepted a position with EF Hutton in Tyler where he worked for the next 10 years. Mr. Adamson never lost interest in trading stocks, but with the encouragement of a client who owned a chain of Whataburger restaurants, he became a Whataburger franchisee in Denton where he and Nancy raised their family. In 1984 Bill joined the Domino’s Pizza Corporation as an executive director to head up development for the Southwest Region of the US. In 1990, Bill retired from the restaurant industry and returned to his roots in Kilgore to take the reins of Sabine Pipe, the business his father founded in 1945.
Bill’s heart for service was evident in his community involvement. He was a member of the Kilgore Economic Development Corporation for nine years, serving as president for three years. Bill also served on the Laird Memorial Hospital Foundation for ten years, serving as president for two terms, and the Cherokee Water Company board for seven years serving as president for two terms. He also served the citizens of Rusk County as a member of the Rusk County Electric Cooperative board for 14 years.
Bill had a strong faith and loved sharing it with others. He and Nancy are longtime members of Mobberly Baptist Church and the Norwood Class.
Bill’s lifelong love of music brought him tremendous pleasure and allowed him to enjoy his talent for over 50 years. During that time, his band, the Shadows, had the privilege of performing with, or as an opening act for, The Beach Boys, ZZ Top, Tanya Tucker, Roy Orbison, Bob Luman, Johnny Rodriguez, and Marty Stewart.
Bill brought that same passion to his love for Kilgore. He was so proud of his hometown and made sure it was a place people wanted to visit and a town where companies wanted to conduct business.
Mr. Adamson’s family was by far the most important to him. He was an incredible Papa to his grandchildren and an amazing husband and father.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Adamson of Longview; a daughter, Andrea Adamson of Austin; his son, Will Adamson and wife Ann of Longview; three grandchildren, Andrew Adamson of Longview, Caroline Adamson of Longview, Arianna Adamson Rodriguez of Austin; several cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and devoted employees and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Sammy Adamson and John Adamson.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers at the Buckner Westminster Holly House. They cared for him so well and showed so much love and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Buckner Westminster Place, 2201 Horseshoe Lane, Longview, Texas 75605.
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