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James Thomas Adkins, Sr
Birth: Dec. 22, 1926
Kern County
California, USA
Death: Dec. 15, 1974
Anchorage Borough
Alaska, USA

JAMES was born to MYRTLE and DOLPH ADKINS, in Bakersfield, California. DOLPH was employed by Standard Oil.
When JAMES became an adult he was hired by Standard Oil, so both he and his father worked for the company at the "Elk Hills" Division; the property being owned by the U.S. Government as a U.S. Naval Oil & Petroleum Reserve.
JAMES took a leave of absence from Standard Oil to serve his country in the U.S. ARMY 1950--1952, KOREA
DOLPH and his family lived on the lease in a rental house. My parents were employed with Standard Oil, too, and we lived in a rental house on another section of the lease. JAMES worked for my father in an oil well crew of four men. My dad's classification at that time of employment was, "Gang Pusher." For the most part they worked on the platforms of the wooden oil derricks. This is how I came to meet JAMES, since he and my father were good friends and went fishing together, and also to the NRA pistol matches held in Los Angeles. I was friends with JAY's sister, and we all went to the movies together. After several years we got married in March 1955 and moved along with JAY'S three children, whom he had full custody of, into a lease house located on yet another section of the oil lease.
JAMES was my first husband. His three children were: GLORIA, age 5, JAMES, JR., age 4, and CATHY, age 2-1/2 at the time of our marriage. I turned 18 twenty-three days after we married. JAY and I had two more children, KENNETH and CARL Adkins.

JAY continued working for Standard Oil having 25 years of service before accepting a full-time position with an international labor union, based in Bakersfield, California.

On the morning of December 9, 1974, JAY flew to Anchorage, Alaska on union business. For the next couple of days he was busy handling union business; negotiations, and so on. On the morning Dec. 12th, he experienced crushing substernal chest pain. An ambulance was summoned and JAY was taken to an Anchorage hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care/Cardiac Unit. I was contacted at my home in Bakersfield by hospital staff informing me that JAY had been admitted. I flew to Alaska the same day, arriving in Anchorage that night. At the hospital JAY was awake, fairly comfortable, and really happy to see me.

The doctors didn't have a definite diagnosis. Earlier tests had not confirmed a heart attack, but they were giving him morphine for pain. He seemed to be getting better, but on the morning of December 15th, while I was on my way to the hospital, JAY suddenly died. The staff had responded to JAY'S room on a "Code Blue" but, in spite of their heroic efforts, he couldn't be resusitated. Autopsy results showed that JAY had died due to a total dissection of his entire aorta.

Years later, it would be determined thru family history and health records that JAY had undiagnosed Marfan's Syndrome; a heritable disorder of the connective tissue. Our son, CARL, was diagnosed with the Marfan Syndrome when he was around 19 years of age. Please see his memorial page for further details.

JAY and I had been married for twenty years, and in addition to me he was survived by his five children; CARL, KENNETH, JAMES, JR., GLORIA and CATHY; one granddaughter, MICHELLE MORRELL; parents DOLPH and MYRTLE ADKINS; sisters VIRGINIA McBRIEN, SHIRLEY LOVE, EVA CASEY and DOROTHY PARSONS.
Family links: 
  Beverly Jean Ables Flowerday (1937 - 2012)*
  Kenneth Eugene Adkins (1956 - 1981)*
  Carl Len Adkins (1960 - 2002)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenlawn Memorial Park
Kern County
California, USA
Plot: Rock of Ages Section
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