Delmer C. Adkins

February 13, 1920 ‒ August 05, 2009

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Delmer Clark Adkins, 89, of Mount Vernon, Ohio died on August 5, 2009, encircled by the family he cherished.

He was born on February 13, 1920, in Stockdale, Ohio, son of Troy Clark and Sophia (Williams) Adkins. Most of his youth, however, was lived in Sandy Hook, Kentucky on land settled by his great-grandfather, Howard Adkins I.

He graduated from Sandy Hook High School then enlisted in the U.S. Army in World War II as a sergeant in the cavalry. Due to a childhood injury that impaired his vision, he was stationed in Kansas and never sent overseas.

Delmer retired from Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, where he was employed as a welder. His love, however, was working with wood to build gifts for others. Planting and harvesting a large garden to share with family and friends was another of his joys.

He was a member of Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene, where he faithfully attended weekly services, served as a board member for over twenty years, greeted, ushered, and loved the parishioners. He served on the Buildings and Grounds Committee and took pride in keeping the church and grounds in good repair.

He leaves his longtime sweetheart and wife of 62 years, Stella Clipse Adkins; daughter Jan (Denny) Taylor of Mount Vernon, Ohio; son John (Esther) Adkins of Westerville, Ohio; four grandchildren, Christian Rummel, Tricia (Brad) Pokosh, Tonya (Justin) McName, and Jay (Stacy) Adkins; ten great-grandchildren, Kayla Paff, Alexis Paff, Jacob Paff, Brooke McName, Tyler McName, Ellie McName, Jordan Rummel, Ashleigh Rummel, Andrew Adkins and Alex Adkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Vester Adkins, Violet Gullett, Nevel Adkins, and Glenn Adkins.

Delmer was a loving and caring father. His survivors will strive to preserve his legacy of love and, thus, to continue the job he began on this earth.

Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, on Monday, August 10, 2009 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 807 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon, Ohio. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Delmer Clark Adkins.