|Birth: ||Oct. 21, 1925|
|Death: ||Aug. 26, 1995|
Howard or "Red" as he was often called, was born and raised in Pass Christian, MS. He was the youngest child and third son of four children. His parents were William Fincher Adams and Lena Loraine Robinson. While not much is known about his early childhood, he grew to be a tall, fair, red headed young man who had a zest for life. He played football for a short time and sailed at the Pass Christian Yacht Club. He started college at Mississippi State hopeing to get a degree in horticulture. World War II came along and changed his plans. He enlisted in the Navy and was sent to Milsaps in Jackson, MS for training then on to Worcester, Ohio before after being asked to volunteer to go into aircraft mechanic training. He had signed up for pilot training, but there were too many volunteers for that program. He eventually was assigned to the USS Lake Champlain aircraft carrier, which was transitting between Norfolk, VA and ports in Plymouth, England, Spain, and Naples, Italy carrying supplies. He was onboard the carrier when it set a record for the shortest crossing of the Atlantic.
Howard came home from the war and went into his family business, Adams' Loraine Flower Shops. He met and married Nancy Elizabeth Duggan who his brother Bill had introduced to him. His older brother had been given a shop in Gulfport and he was given a shop in Bay St. Louis after he and Nancy married.
He and Nancy had four children, one girl and three boys.
Howard became active in civic affairs in addition to running his business. He was President of the Lion's Club of Pass Christian, MS; a charter member of the Theodore Stephen Price Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Pass Christian; President of the Rotary Club of Bay St. Louis, and former director of the Pass Christian Isles Golf Club. He was an active member and former director of the Bay-Waveland Yacht Club, secretary of the Bay St. Louis Planning Commission, secretary of the Bay St. Louis School Board, member of the Mississippi Florist and Nurserymen's Association and the Louisiana Florist and Nurserymen's Association. He was a vestryman of Christ Episcopal Church, Bay St. Louis and a member of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi F&AM and the Clement R. Bontemps Post 139 of the American Legion of Bay St. Louis, and many other activities.
He loved to water-ski and fish. He felt that even if he did not have a lot of money, he would have a boat for the family's enjoyment. He taught his children and wife to water ski and proceeded to teach other friends and their families to ski as well.
He was a man who could do whatever he felt he wanted to. No task was too challenging for him. If he wanted to build something, he found a way. He did this many times in his life.
He died of a heart attack while fishing in the Louisiana marsh, south of Mississippi.
Live Oak Cemetery
Created by: Rebecca A Smith
Record added: Jul 26, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11425967