Pastor Nathan Adkins
GREENVILLE — At his home near Greenville, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, Pastor Nathan Adkins, 76, attended by his faithful wife and loved ones passed away after having fought a good fight, laid down his cross, went Home to wear his crown of glory and joined the angelic choir in the grand sweet chorus of praise to his Savior. As those he loved vainly pleaded for “one more word” realized that this precious life of their loved one was ebbing away we fancied we could almost hear his Savior whisper, “Come Home to Me, dear one: My weary suffering child come home, and I will give you rest and doubtless with tender unspoken farewells his pure spirit was gone. He is not lost, lonely sorrowing ones, only gone before, to his mansion in the skies about which he loved to tell you about, there is to await the coming of the dear ones where we sincerely trust each shall be reunited with him “Some Sweet Day.”
Born at Terry (Raleigh County), W.Va., June 30, 1937, he was the son of the late Noah Nathan Adkins and Iona Florence Bragg Adkins.
He attended Woodrow Wilson High School and Appalachian Bible College. He served in the U.S. Army for four years. Mr. Adkins was a retired Baptist Minister serving 43 years as a Pastor at the Scarbro Baptist Church; Gentry Baptist Church; Oceana Baptist Church; Page Baptist Church; Danville First Baptist Church and the Gordon Baptist Church. He came to Monroe County in 1986 and served as the Pastor at the Ballard First Missionary Baptist Church, Sweet Springs Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and the Flint Chapel Baptist Church. At the time of his retirement he was Pastor at the Flat Mountain Baptist Church near Alderson. At the time of his death Mr. Adkins was a member of the Ballard First Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five sisters and one grandson.
Survivors include his loving wife of 24 years, Bonnie Humphreys Adkins; three daughters, Sally Adkins and husband Sharrel, Christine Price and Denise White; son, Neal Adkins; two sisters, Jean Whitten of Piney View and Jacqueline Dunn of Michigan; brother-in-law, Charles Logan of Piney View; two sisters-in-law, Irene Humphreys of Freeman, Va., and Nellie Humphreys Wickline and husband Junior of Lindside, seven grandsons and four great-grandsons.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Pastor Doc Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of the services at the funeral home Saturday.
Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Adkins family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.
Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.
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