The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 3, 2011

Obituaries — Thursday, February 3, 2011

BECKLEY — William Russell  Adkins

William Russell Adkins, age 87, of Pluto Road, Shady Spring, West Virginia, passed away on Monday, January 31, 2011, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born at Abraham, West Virginia on April 14, 1923, he was the son of the late Earles Adkins and Myrtle Smith Adkins.

Mr. Adkins was a retired truck driver, and was a member of the White Oak Missionary Baptist Church at White Oak, WV, where he served as a deacon. Mr. Adkins was an avid hunter and fisherman, and had made his home on Pluto Road for 58 years. He was in the CCC Camps in Milford, Utah when he was 14 years of age, learning to operate heavy equipment and to drive a truck. Mr. Adkins was a US Army World War II Veteran, where he received three battle stars and the purple heart. He fought in France, Germany, Belgium, including the Battle of the Bulge.

He was preceded in death by two infant children; by brothers, Donald, Arnold, Leonard, and Milburn Adkins, and by a sister, Redith Adkins.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 69 years,  Ethelene Naomi Plumley Adkins; six children, Brenda Rider and her husband Lewis of Shady Spring, Glenda Meador and her husband Blaine of Shady Spring, Sharon Meador and her husband Alvin of Shady Spring, Boyd Adkins and his wife Patricia of Shady Spring, Eddy Adkins and his wife Betsy of Flat Top, Randall Adkins and his wife Cathleen of Morganton, N.C. Two brothers,  Kenneth Adkins and his wife Blanche of Salem, Virginia; and Steve Adkins and his wife Patty of Abraham, WV; two sisters, Lorene Martin of Shady Spring, and Minnie Redden of Lookout, WV; 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren are also among his survivors.

 Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Delmas Cox officiating.  Burial will follow at the Washington Plumley Cemetery at Plumley Mountain, West Virginia.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday.

Pallbearers will  be Lewis Rider Jr., Ernie Adkins, Timothy Adkins, J.K. Adkins, Jeff Meador, and Russell Rider.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

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