The Progress-Index Weekend - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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