Early Tuesday morning, August 22, 2017, God sent his Angel’s down from Heaven to bring Mr. Willie “Cody” Adkins home to join his father and mother, John Adkins and Elizabeth Adkins Graves; siblings, Robert and Johnnie Adkins, Mildred Hamlin, Bessie Mae (Baker) Adkins, Bernice “Bitty” Brown and Janie Mae Adkins; nephews and nieces, Andrew White, William Adkins, Anginette and Janice “Neicey” Jones.
Willie was born December 29, 1929, in Petersburg, Va., to John and Elizabeth (Graves) Adkins. He was the second oldest of ten children (the youngest child (a girl) passed at infancy). He was educated in the Petersburg Public Schools. Willie received Christ at an early age joining the Metropolitan Baptist Church on Halifax Street. In 1990, he joined the Unity Baptist Church in Petersburg, during that time the church began to construct a new edifice which officially opened its doors in 1993 under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Albert L. Toney, Sr. While serving at Unity, Willie purchased two leather chairs for the pastor’s study that still remains in the office today. He was a faithful member of the church until his health started to decline.
Willie enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17 (upping his age so he could meet the requirements to join) in 1946. He served in World War II, receiving the Medal of Victory. He reenlisted in 1948, serving in the Korean War until October 1956, where he received an Honorable Discharge at the age of 21. Upon his Honorable Discharge he returned back home to assist his mother with the raising of his brothers and sisters because of his father’s untimely death. Willie was employed at Fort Lee and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company, until he began his career working at Defense General Supply Center (Bellwood) retiring in 1989 after many years of service. He received many monetary awards for his outstanding work performance.
Willie couldn’t keep still after retirement, he decided to go back to work in 1990 at Southside Regional Medical Center working as Security Guard for Pinkerton Security where he earned the rank of Lieutenant after ten years. He was known to the staff as the ambassador of the hospital as he always met everyone with a smile and conversation. Willie also was employed with Southside Regional Dialysis Center for five years.
Willie is survived by his devoted wife of forty-two years, Marian Mosby Adkins; six children, Robert M. “Pete” Adkins of Craigsville, Va., Sherman A. Adkins, Sr., Marvin “Marlow” Adkins (Doris), Beverly O. Adkins and Phyllis Y. Adkins, all of Petersburg, Va., and devoted Kendra J. Macon of Richmond, Va.; stepdaughter, Margaret Pace of Petersburg, Va.; two devoted sisters, Delores Garrison and Margie Myrick; devoted brother, Richard Adkins (Sonja) of Petersburg, Va.; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; brotherin-law, Deacon Burton Smith (Deaconess Zanderine) of Mechanicsville, Va.; mother-in-law, Beatrice Gaines of Egg Harbor, NJ; four sisters-inlaw, Olivia Pinkston and Deanna Parker of Atlantic City, NJ, Sandra Taylor (George) of Egg Harbor, NJ and Doris Adkins of Petersburg, Va.; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.
Service for Mr. Willie Adkins will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, Va., the Rev. Dr. Albert L. Toney, Sr., eulogist. Interment to follow at Dinwiddie Memorial Park.
The family will assemble at 12 noon the day of the service and will receive friends at 544 N.Azalea Road, Petersburg, Va.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Adkins and watch the funeral services live online at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.