EAST LIVERPOOL – WILLARD ADKINS, 87, of Harvey Avenue died at home at 1:02 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2009.
Born September 23, 1921, in Hager, W.Va., a son of the late James Walker and Martha Jane Adkins, he had lived in this area since he was 19.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he retired in 1981 from the former Crucible Steel Co., having worked in the T.O.C. melt department.
He attended Smith’s Ferry Methodist Church and at one time was a Boy Scout leader. His hobby was playing the lottery.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death in 1972 by his wife, Edna Louise Linkous Adkins, whom he married April 28, 1945. He was also preceded in death by four sisters: Elby Dingess, Ruby Adkins, Donnie Carnes and Emma Carper and six brothers: Leonard, Herbert, Sherlie, Clifford, Oakel and Alva Adkins.
Surviving are five sons, Melvin E. Adkins of Vero Beach, Fla., David R. Adkins of East Liverpool, John W. Adkins and his wife, Wynette, of Salem, R. Dale Adkins and his wife, Beth, of East Liverpool and Willard “Chuck” Adkins and his wife, Darla, of East Liverpool.
There are 12 grandchildren, Tracey, Steven, Jennifer, Aaron, Jada, Emily, Marcus, Erik, Jordan, Zack, Sarah and Luke. There are nine great-grandchildren.
Also surviving is a sister, Myrtle Wheeler of West Hamlin, W.Va.
The Rev. Willard “Chuck” Adkins is to conduct services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Dawson Funeral Home, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Burial is to be in Riverview Cemetery.
Following the service, family and friends will gather at the First Church of Christ (Disciples) for fellowship.
Memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in care of Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44512.