James E. Adkins

July 02, 1931 ‒ July 01, 2007

Howard, Ohio

James E. Adkins Sr., age 75 of Howard, Ohio died unexpectedly Sunday, July 1, 2007 at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.

He was one of 17 children born on July 2, 1931 in Fez, West Virginia to the late Elza and Opal (Cummings) Adkins. A US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he had been a resident of the Apple Valley community for the past 6 years and had resided in the Massillon area for over 40 years.

He retired in 1992 from J & L Specialty Steels of Louisville, Ohio, where he worked as a line operator. A member of Genoa Baptist Church in Westerville, he was a former member of the North Canton Eagles, the Canton V.F.W., and served as the Grievance representative for Union Local #1046 of United Steel Workers.

Most proud of his family and his described home plantation, he also enjoyed fishing and traveling. Ornery and at times stubborn, with a dry sense of humor, he was a fan of baseball and the Cleveland Indians. Forever a Democrat, always willing to debate his cause and his cell phone was always near by to keep in touch with his family and friends. He will be remembered as the “World’s Best Pa Paw”.

Survived and dearly loved by his family and wife of 48 years: Adeline (Thomas), Children: Patty N. (Paul) Gallagher of Dayton, James E. (Erin) Adkins Jr., Janice G. (Scott) Gillis of Westerville, Sian E. (Craig) Wider of Batavia, IL, 10 Grandchildren: Dana (Jim) Cross, Kara (Jeremy) Hawkins, Adam (Kristal) Gallagher, Matt and Ty Widner, Melissa Gillis, Elliot Adkins, Jonathan Gillis, Ethan and Evan Adkins, 4 Great-grandsons: Noah and Jacob Johnson, James Cross, Logan Hawkins, numerous siblings and dear Miniature Schnauzer Callie.

Friends may call Wednesday, July 4th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Arner Funeral Home in Chester, West Virginia, where funeral services will be held Thursday 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Frank Carl. Interment with military honors will follow in the Columbiana County Memorial Park. Local arrangements where entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Genoa Baptist Church, 7562 Lewis Center Rd., Westerville, Ohio 43082

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.