Jonah “Joney” Adkins Sr.

November 12, 1952 ‒ October 15, 2020

Chesterville, Ohio
Formerly of Marengo, Ohio

Jonah “Joney” Adkins Sr., age 67, beloved husband, father, grandfather,  and brother passed away at his Chesterville home surrounded by his family Thursday evening, October 15, 2020.

He was born in Marengo on November 12, 1952, one of 16 children born to the late Emmett Sr. and Ina (Phelps) Adkins. A master carpenter and mason, he owned and operated Adkin’s & Sons Construction for 37 years. Proudly working side by side with his son for the past 30 years. It was expressed that there was nothing he couldn’t fix.

Working extensively throughout Morrow County, the imprint of his craftsmanship is shown on many of its buildings. For the last 15 years he also served as a property manager for Fishburn Services. He also retired from the former Peabody Company in Galion after 15 years.

Described as a workaholic, he was a true helper, always there to lend a helping hand to family and friends. He was one to enjoy a good laugh or joke, he liked to have fun in the midst of every task.

Joney had a passion for horses, owning and racing several. He was a member of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and the Fredericktown Freewill Baptist Church. He also enjoyed golf and was an avid OSU fan, as well as the Browns and Indians.

With farming running deep in his family’s roots, it was a hobby he favored with his son. Selfless, humble, and kind, and never an unkind word spoken, he was a friend and the less one had the better he liked them.

He will be remembered for his love of family and kind helping ways.

Joney is survived by his soulmate of 30 years Cindy (Taylor) Adkins, son Chad Adkins of Marengo, treasured granddaughter Faith Ann his pride and joy, brothers, Emmett Jr., Enoch, Jimmy (Sharon) Adkins of Marengo; sisters, Dorothy Coleman, Eloise (Chuck) Freeman, Laura Mailey, Joyce (Dick) Wertz of Marengo and Mary (Jerry) Fouts of Delaware. His sisters-in law, Rose and Betty Adkins of Cardington, Janet Adkins of Florida, Linda and Kim Adkins of Marengo; brother-in-law, Richard Addison of New Carlisle; uncle, Fred Phelps of Mt. Gilead, sisters-in-law; Tracy (Gerald) Parks, Tammy Oakes, Debbie (Mike) Nulk, numerous nieces and nephews, and will be sadly missed by Trevor Lester, whom he considered a son.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Jonah “Joey” Adkins in 2002; brothers: Frank, Gene, Ellet and Ernie Adkins; sisters: Hester Addison, Betty Stephens, Ruth Pukansky, and brothers-in-law: Beanie Mailey, Paul Stephens, Jim Oakes, parents-in-law Bill and Jane Taylor.

Friends may call from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 20th, at the Fredericktown Freewill Baptist Church, 102 Columbus Rd., Fredericktown, OH 43019, where services will follow Tuesday at 2:00 pm with Pastor Aaron Boggs officiating. Burial will follow in Marengo Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendees are required to wear masks and recognize social distancing during.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Uncle Joney will be missed by many. Such a kind person with a memorable laugh.
    Jeff, Chris and Moriah

  • Prayers sent for Cindy and the family. Joney was a special guy to so many. He was so kind and helpful to any one in need. We could always count on him to drop whatever he was doing to help us out . We are so sorry for the pain your enduring. Trust in God to walk beside you. Love and hugs Robin Lester and Dave Denman

  • So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family
    our families grew up together across the field
    Your friends
    Barbara Lewis Moore and Rick Moore

  • Sorry for your loss may God be with you all I will put you in my prayers Joyce Laura Dorothy Enoch dear heavenly father I come to you and ask you to put a garden angel around the family there been through a lot in Jesus name I pray amen

  • So sorry to hear of his passing, as you know he was a great, kind man. Always the same whenever you ran into him. I know he will be missed by you Cindy, and his son, and all the rest of the family. May you find comfort in the days ahead knowing he is in a better place and no longer in any pain. Still hard to let someone go way to soon. Prayers to you in the days and months ahead. Love and friendship from Rich and Brenda Denman xoxo

  • Dear Cindy and Family, our sympathy and prayers on the loss of Joney, he was a very special person and always took time to talk..Mike& Geri Park.

  • My condolences to the Adkins and the Taylor families on the loss of your husband, father, and brother

  • Chad,Cindy and Family. Prayers for you all. Keep your memories close. Love you Chad. “Mom”

  • So sorry for your loss Cindy and Chad and all the rest of the Adkins family my prayers will be with all of you 🙏

    My condolences
    Debbie smith

  • Dear Cindy and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Joney was such a nice man and so interesting to talk too. We hope you find comfort in Heavenly Fathers love and compassion and the assurance you will be together again.
    With love and prayers,
    Raymond and Pam Hilton.

  • Chad, Cindy and family,
    I was so sad to hear Joney passed away. I will always have memories of him from being a kid. He was always working for someone or helping around Marengo at the ball field the church or the school. He was always so nice and fun to be around. When mom would have him work at the house him and mom and Dad always enjoyed telling old stories and laughing. He was a wonderful person. Our community has lost a wonderful person but heaven gained a wonderful person as well. God be with you all. I am praying for you. Take care.
    Love Chrystal Rausch Smith

  • Chad, Cindy & the rest of the family
    Sending you all lots of hugs & love durning this difficult time. Joney will be missed by so many, but he’s no longer in pain & home with Joey at last.
    Just remember he’s still watching over all of you just from up above. Love to you all Earl & Cathy

  • Cindy and family. I am so sorry for your loss . He was such a kind man . i remember him helping out my brother Kevin alot and how those 2 would joke all of you.

  • I’m so sorry. Joney was always a kind neighbor, and willing to take on any project he was asked to do. The quality of his work will last for many years to come. A part of the neighborhood has went with him. May God wrap His loving arms around the family in the coming days and months. Cherie Riggs Smith

  • To the whole Adkins family, you are all in my prayers and thoughts. With the grace of God he will bring you through this time of sorrow. Please know if you need anything Dorothy, Eloise, Laura,and Joyce also the guys just let me know. I’m here for you as you have been for me. Patsy

  • So sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace for all the family and friends. May you all draw together in our sorrow.

  • Prayers to the family. Joney was a all around great man. I cherish the days I worked with him he taught me alot including how to be a kind person.

  • so sorry cindy and all of joney’s family including children, grandchildren and all of his siblings and their families. joney was one of the finest men i have ever known. he was honest, forthright, kind and caring a person that i have ever known. he did a lot of work for me at our home and he could literaly fix, install or adjust anything in this world. he was actually a genius at knowing how to do anything. i will miss him so much but i know him to be a loyal christian and i know that he is walking hand in hand with jesus today and telling how to fix whatever needs fixed. i will miss him as will we all. cindy we loved and love you both

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Joney was a good and friendly man. He will be missed by many. May you find comfort and assurance in the Lord at this time.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Bob and Mary Hilton

  • Our deepest condolences for the family of Joney Adkins. We didnt know him but Jimmy Enoch and Dorthy are our brothers and sisters and Sharon in the church. Our love thoughts and prayers to all of you. Praise the Lord he accepted Jesus in time and now one day you will see him again. May God bring you peace and comfort at this difficult time. Love to all. Brother Tim and Sister Margie Blubaugh

  • John an LuAnne Lee
    We are so sorry for your Cindy an family. We are sending🙏 for comfort . Honey was one of a kind man of all trades. Heart if gold.

  • Adkins family,

    We are so sorry for the loss of Joney. We will miss him as well as many others in the horse racing community.

    Joyce & Charlie

  • So sorry for your loss Cindy and family. We will pray for peace and comfort for you in the days ahead. Kerry and Vicky Baker

  • Prayers and comfort to the entire Adkins family. Our hearts break for all. Sending special thoughts for faith, strength and peace as you go thru uncharted waters in the months ahead. Our love to the Adkins Family……..
    “Life isn’t measured in moments but the memories that stay in your heart forever”

  • Dearest Cindy

    Know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers. Your Joney was always so good to our Mom he always had a smile and was so patient with her. We all appreciated it.
    I so enjoyed talking with him at football games he had stories that I never heard of about Daddy. I know your heart is broken you have shouldered a lot in the past few years.

    The old Chesterville girls that use to ride horses, laugh and play sports, pray for better days ahead for you and yours.
    He is strong now and smiling I guess God needed a good carpenter. Mom probably has a list of jobs for him. Take care of yourself
    Love the Higgins Sisters

  • To Cindy and the Adkins family,
    My heart aches for all of you. Joney was truly one of God’s servants. He was always just a phone call away. Such a special person always showing his love for all he knew. May all of you receive comfort at this time.
    Pat Ebersole and Family

  • So truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. If there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to ask.

  • So sorry for Joney`s passing. The Adkins family was always tight and loving family. We have been losing alot of the family. Cindy and Chad he`ll be missed by alot of friends neighbors and family. Never heard of anything bad . Bless you all , may God be with you. God, is such a comfort.

  • Cindy and family. We were so sorry to hear the news about Joney. Our thoughts are with you

  • Cindy, Chad, Enoch, Jr., Jimmy, Dorothy, Eloise, Laura and Joyce

    Jim and I were so sorry to hear of Joney’s passing. We knew he was fighting cancer but didn’t see the obituary until after the funeral. We would have definitely been there if we would have seen it sooner.

    You have all lost so many family members and we know how difficult it can be. Take care of each other and let the wonderful memories of Joney and the healing hand of
    our Good Lord get you through this.

    I apologize to the members of the family I have missed. I tried and did not mean to leave anyone out.

    Jim and Vickie

  • So sorry to hear of Joney’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

    Tom and Linda Hardin