Thomas Jefferson Adams

Thomas Jefferson Adams, a resident of Friendswood, Texas passed away peacefully on June 17th, 2022.

He was born on September 22, 1928, in Memphis, Tennessee to Thomas Jefferson and Evelyn Hogue Adams.  He was a graduate of Messick High School in Memphis and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University (LSU).  While at LSU he was a member of both the football and track teams.

He received a military commission from the LSU ROTC program, and served in the Army at the Army Missile Command in Huntsville, Alabama.  He joined NASA in 1962 and worked at the Johnson Space Center from 1962 until his retirement in 1989.  He worked on the Apollo and Shuttle programs.

He is preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 69 years, Anita L. Adams, their three loving children Brad Adams (wife Phyllis) of Friendswood, Richard Adams (Gaylen) of Shoreacres, and Elaine (Tommy) Ebner of Friendswood.  He is also survived by granddaughter Amy Chism (Chris), grandsons Jake Ebner (Natalie), Clay Ebner (Nicole), Will Ebner (Jordan), and Bret Adams, step-grandsons Cory and Charlie Betros, great grandchildren Ryan Chism, Reese Chism, Reagan Chism, Jo Jo Ebner, Ross Ebner, Emma Ebner, Carson Ebner, and Tommy Ebner.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a lifelong Presbyterian and a member of the Dickinson Presbyterian Church for many years, where he served as an Elder.  He was active in the Dickinson community, serving nine years on the Dickinson Independent School board and several years on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity.

A graveside service will be held for the family.


  1. Your pain is no more and you’re now united with mom. Miss you and mom dearly.

    Thank you for everything in my life, endless love,
    Your son, Richard

    Richard Adams
  2. I first met Jeff and Anita when I moved into Dickinson and joined the First Presbyterian Church there, back in 1998. We lived across the street from Jeff and Anita – and they quickly became not just church friends, but adopted grandparents to my kids…. especially on days they forgot their house key when coming home from school!

    Jeff and I served on the session at FPCD for several years – and trusted his faithful guidance and insight to the running of the church.

    For a few years, we would find Jeff at Dickinson BBQ for Friday lunch – and enjoyed the opportunity to keep up with him!

    I will miss him – as I do Anita. And know that they were faithful and loving friends to my family and to the church.

    Marilee Norred
  3. To Richard, Brad and Elaine,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Please accept my condolences. He and your mother were valued members of First Presbyterian Church of Dickinson. Moreover, I was privileged to get to know them even better as I prepared their taxes for several years. Intelligent, kind, caring people, they are now together once more.
    Blessings to you all,
    Dian Groh

    Dian Groh
  4. Had the privilege of meeting Jeff and Anita a couple of years ago. Great caring people. Very special people who were always blessed with valued family time with there great kids. Jeff was definitely a fighter. Heaven gained a angle and Jeff and Anita are together again.

    Joe Mansfield
  5. Elaine-
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Please know your family is in my prayers. I love you lots!!! Sending you big hugs!

    Celena Farley

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