Gary Gene Adkins

January 13, 1966 ‒ January 05, 2015

Johnsville, Ohio

Gary Gene Adkins, 48, of Johnsville, Ohio, went to be with the Lord after a long battle with pancreatic cancer on January 5, 2015.

Born on January 13, 1966, in Mansfield Ohio, he was the son of Beecher and Judy Adkins. He studied at both Mansfield and Clear Fork Schools. He attended North Woodbury Alliance Church.

He was a semi-truck driver for many years, driving for F&J Trucking, Estep Express, Golden Hawk, and D&D Emulsions. Gary’s passions included fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family. He loved to spend days on the lake with his buddies and his favorite fishing poles and tackle or hanging out creating memories with his wife, kids, and grandkids. His grandchildren were the loves of his life, where you could usually find at least two in his lap. Gary was a father to more than just his own two children, and he never met a stranger. Gary’s warm personality and huge heart endeared him to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Teresa S (Morrison) Adkins; son Kyle (Holly) Adkins of Lexington; daughter Ryan (Brandon) Miller of Johnsville; Father Beecher Adkins of Mansfield; Sister Cosetta (Neal) Adkins of Norwalk; Brother Joseph Adkins of Michigan; grandchildren Ian, Preston, Emma, Kyli, Kailyn, Karsyn, Piper, Dakota, Nolan, and Quinn; and honorary grandchildren Colton, Jakob, and Kaitlyn. He is also survived by his parents-in-law Wilford Jr. (Linda) Morrison of Lexington; sisters-in-law Holli (Jay) Hess of Cardington, Jill (Dan) Lewis of Johnsville, Niki (Mace) Roose of Johnsville, Kelly Morrison of Lexington; brother-in-law Brandon (Kayla) Morrison of Lexington; and close family Doug (Debi, Madison, Kaydon) Christo, Mark (Irene) Christo, James Christo, Anthony (Chub) Christo, and many others.

He was preceded in death by his mother Judith K. Adkins and both his maternal (Henry and Sarah Adkins) and paternal (Jonah and Bertha Adkins) grandparents, as well as many aunts and uncles.

Gary’s family will greet friends on Saturday, January 10, 2015, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at North Woodbury Alliance Church, 6385 State Route 314, Mount Gilead, OH 43338. Services will follow at 1:00pm, with Pastor Cory Schnuerer officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Shauck Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Gary’s family to assist with final expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Gary’s family, and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Gary was a special guy, he was just full of love, for his family, friends and sometimes Strangers if they were in need!
    Everyone that knew him, loved him the same, and I am sure he is spreading that love all over Heaven now, we will really miss his quick wit and easy smile.
    Praying for Teresa, Kyle, Ryan, Brandon and all of their family–God Bless You!!!

    Love and Prayers
    Uncle Bob & Aunt Evelyn Simmons

    • Gary was a good man lived right behind us on burger ave, had a lot of fun growing up playing football on Sundays playing army in the woods staying out all day having fun you will be mist while in haven tell my dad and rick the maverick gwinn I love them very much and love you to Gary rest in peace

  • Praying for all Gary’s Family, and especially his Sister, Cosetta, Neal, and their Family also for his Brother Joe, and his Family, they sure have a very loving family and Gary will be forever missed by all of them!!
    Love and Prayers
    Uncle Bob and Aunt Evelyn

  • I will never forget Gary ! He was a neighborhood dad, looked after all of us when we kids like we were his own. I will always remember him taking me for a ride in his semi (even if it was just a short trip around the block). I have a lot of great memories of him in the years I’ve known him. He was a great man and will be missed by many. May God bless the rest of the family and hold them as the go through this difficult time.

  • “And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more… “May this promise from our heavenly Father comfort you during your time of sorrow.. (Revelation 21:4)

  • Gary was one of the most loving person I know but still got his point across, my prayers are for you all ,he will truly be missed

  • Dear Jamie-

    Our condolences on the passing of your cousin. Prayers for you and your family.
    Hugs friend!

  • Gary was a larger than life one of a kind. I don’t know anyone who was better at being a family man than him. All you have to do is look at how Kyle and Ryan turned out to see that. Our Prayers go out to Teresa and the family. Love you guys!

  • I’m meet Gary through family ( my fiancé Loretta Artrip.) Gary and his family made me feel like a part of their family also. Gary and I spent time talking sitting around his back yard. I got to know him like a brother. I love how he spoke his mind to get his point across. And he did. I miss him already. I love you Gary. Rest in peace brother.

  • My thoughts and prayers. Are with the family Gary was such a nice guy, you could sure tell he loved his family, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you.

  • Gary was a wonderful addition to our family. To know him was to love him. He was a great husband, a loving Dad and kind to all of us who knew him. He was always the first one to greet you with a big bear hug. I loved seeing him around his grandchildren. He was truly one of the best people I have ever met. I know he us up in heaven with my Mom and Dad and making them laugh! We already miss you, Gary. RIP. Much love goes out to Teresa, Ryan, and Kyle and all those grand babies as they make it thru these next few trying days.

  • Praying for all of Gary’s family. May the Lord embrace you and comfort you through this difficult time. I will miss him forever. Love and prayers for all of you.

  • I did not know Gary, but I know his kids. With people as nice and caring as Ryan and Kyle are that can only come from a great role model. He will live on everyday through his children and grandchildren. I am very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace and spend eternity in the healing arms of the lord.

  • God Bless you and keep all of you during your loss. To Kyle his mother, my heart goes out to you. If you need someone to talk to call anytime, for I lost my father in march of 2014.

  • Praying for Gary’s family. Teresa,so sorry for your loss.I pray that god will comfort you and give you strength as you go through this storm,Gary was a great guy and will be missed.

  • We knowyou went to heaven to be with God now you have your wings so fly my friend

  • gary is already missed by all of us at this time of sorrow ,not only a cousin but are brother in every way from when we were youmgins shooting bb guns to seeing who could pee the furthest as we got cought by aunt judy as she said i think mark won this 1 lol … and gary trucked alot and if ever i needed directions i could count on him 2 tell me were i was … i remember the day he meet tresa and from that day inseparable and from that day we was family as tresa is my sister and will be forever as she and gary when i needed help with anything they were my help weather i was right or wrong in both there eys i was right and that was that lol ….i love them both very very much and 1 day we will all be togather and gary will be there 2 greet us with open arms …. i love you brother and miss you more then you could ever know …ps tell everone in heaven we miss and love them …your brother mark

  • Gary & I went to school together. We also grew up in “little Kentucky” together. He was a very caring person & would give the shirt off of his back to anyone in need. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family! RIP Gary!

  • Gary loved his family and friends deeply. He was a kind and loving man. He and Teresa allowed us to have mom and dad’s 50 th anniversary party at their house, even though Gary was very sick. That’s what kind of good people they are. Gary loved my parents as his own. He would always check on their well being. He will be missed. He is loved by so many. God bless and comfort you Teresa, Ryan, Brandon, Kyle, Uncle Beecher, Cosetta and Joe. You continue to be in my prayers.

  • While I had only met Gary a couple of times, I knew from others he was a great guy and good husband and father. My thoughts and prayers to family. Gary is safe with God now and no in pain.

  • Gary is my cousin and we didn’t get to grow up together but every time we would See each other he would give me a BIG hug, ( He gave great hugs ) I am going to miss his hugs very much. I am praying for all Gary’s Family. & Friends. (((HUG)))

  • My heart breaks for the whole family, I send my love and prayers to you all. This world has lost a wonderful guy and Heaven has gained a beautiful new angel… May Gary keep watch over his family and guide them from above and may God comfort them with strength and peace in dealing with their heartache.

  • I grew up with Cosetta and Gary and Joe for neighbors. We were lucky to have them and their parents in the neighborhood for a few years. I will always remember hearing Cosetta call after him “Gary Gene” . I have thought about your family and kept them in prayer for months always hoping there would be a different outcome. I am praying for Gary’s wife and children as they try to go on.

  • My sincere sympathy and condolences to the Adkins family. May God Bless you all during this sad time. Especially to Beecher. I am so sorry for the loss of your son.. God Bless my friend…….

  • Sorry to hear about Gery,I know the loss the family is going thru.Just remember that he will dwell in the house of our lord forever no more suffering.

  • i am so sorry to hear this he was a great guy and will be missed, we enjoyed running into you and talking,i am praying for you at this sad sad time. he will be missed …..R.I.P. GARY

  • Teresa, Kyle, Ryan, & families; It is sad news to hear of Gary’s passing. I remember those baseball days, as this is where our families met and spent a lot of time together. I have to point out that there were so many young people that Gary helped during his times as a ball coach. He was well liked by all it seemed and he was always willing to lend a helping hand. It was apparent he liked baseball and kids. We didn’t keep in content as our children grew up but I am sure he continued to be a loving husband and father. The Utt family wishes to offer our condolences at this time. May Happy memories of Gary be the thing you hold close now to help you through sorrowful times, he was a good man, and would not want you to be sad.We were fortunate to have known him. Hugs to all. Deborah Utt, Richard “Tom” Utt, Krystal Paterson, & Tommy Utt.

  • Gary was a friend and brother who always had his friends backs and they had his he will be missed by many my heart and prayers are with his family

  • To All the Family
    We are so sorry for your loss. We are encouraged by the promise from the scriptures at John 5:28,29 and Rev 21:3,4. May you find comfort in these words in the days ahead.
    Your neighbors,
    Tom and Janet Fields