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Grover Carlton Adkins, Sr
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Birth: Dec. 10, 1918
Red River Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Aug. 25, 2012
Bossier City
Bossier Parish
Louisiana, USA

Grover Carlton Adkins

BOSSIER CITY, LA - Grover Carlton Adkins, age 93, a native of Red River Parish and long-time resident of Bossier City and Shreveport, passed away peacefully on August 25 at Village Health Care at the Glen. Mr. Adkins was born on December 10, 1918 on a farm near the town of Martin, one of seven children of Ira Adkins and Ardella Harvey Adkins. Following his graduation from Martin High School and a course of study at Norton Business College in Shreveport, he took a job at Bolinger Lumber & Supply Co. in Bossier City where, except for his wartime military service, he spent his entire business career. He eventually came to own Bolinger Lumber and sold it upon his retirement in 1989. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army at various installations stateside until the last stage of the war when he was posted to the Philippines. In February 1947, he married Mary Murlene Giddings, also a native of Red River Parish, and they made their home and raised their three children in Bossier City.

Mr. Adkins was an active member and leader of the Bossier community throughout his adult life. He served 20 years on the Bossier Parish School Board to which he was first elected in 1962. He was an active member, deacon and longtime Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church of Bossier City and, in later years, at Airline Baptist Church. He was a member of the Bossier City Lions Club for more than 50 years and was also active in the Louisiana Lumber Dealers Association.

Mr. Adkins is survived by his three children and their spouses, Carl Adkins and Dianne Balfour of New York City, Mike and Eileen Adkins of Shreveport and Becky and Richard Brantley of Ruston; his four grandchildren, Emily Adkins Dykes and her husband Christopher Dykes of Baton Rouge, Julie Adkins of Atlanta, Georgia, Claire Adkins of Shreveport and Wes Brantley of Ruston; his two great-grandsons Graham Adkins Dykes and Patrick James Dykes of Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces and nephews. His wife Murlene died in August 2004.

Following a private interment, a memorial service to celebrate Mr. Adkins's life will be held at Airline Baptist Church in Bossier City at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 30. Officiating will be Mr. Adkins's nephew Carlton Vance of Pineville. Following the service, family visitation will take place in the Damon Vaughn Center.

The family wishes to acknowledge the many expressions of love and respect from friends and relatives during Mr. Adkins's later years and, in particular, the wonderful care he received from the nursing and support staff at the Glen and from the caregivers of Personal Homecare Services of Ferriday, Louisiana. The family suggests that anyone wishing to make a contribution in memory of Mr. Adkins direct it to The Glen Retirement System, Airline Baptist Church of Bossier, the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home in Monroe, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Family links: 
  Ira Adkins (1886 - 1975)
  Dellie H. Adkins (1893 - 1982)
  Mary Murlene Giddings Adkins (1920 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship

Note: GPS +32.61444,-93.70699 Double marker with wife Mary Murlene Giddings Adkins.
Rose-Neath Cemetery
Bossier City
Bossier Parish
Louisiana, USA
Plot: Section 3 Protestant east, row 22 north
GPS (lat/lon): 32.61444, -93.70699
Created by: JB BERRY
Record added: Dec 22, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45718195
Grover Carlton Adkins, Sr
Added by: JB BERRY
Grover Carlton Adkins, Sr
Added by: JB BERRY
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- shirley Giddings
 Added: Jan. 22, 2014
U.S. Army Motto "This we'll defend". We the people, thank you for your service in defense of freedom. R.I.P. Sir.
 Added: Apr. 11, 2013
My second cousin, three times removed.
- Casandra
 Added: Apr. 7, 2013

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