Maxine <I>Ross</I> Adkins

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Maxine Ross Adkins

  • Birth 26 Nov 1936
  • Death 8 Jun 2007
  • Burial Hot Springs Village, Saline County, Arkansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 19955387

Nov. 26, 1936 - June 8, 2007

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Maxine Adkins, 70, a beloved former English and drama teacher for 37 years at Anderson High School, passed away June 8 after a five-year battle with cancer. What she's left behind is a group of people greatly touched by her professional work and grace.

Years ago, when Maxine Adkins was acting in a Madison County Players production — the early version of the Mainstage Theater — with Hollywood star Frances Farmer, a rainstorm struck.

The play was outside under a tent, and when the rain began to fall, the actors, including Adkins and Farmer, desperately tried to keep the production in order.

"A rain storm came, and they were all out there trying to get things under control," explained John Adkins, Maxine's husband. "But they got the tent secured and came back in and finished the show."

"She had a positive effect on so many people in the Anderson area," said John Adkins, 77. "I consider those things very important about her. There aren't many people who have that kind of effect."

Jack Nicholson, the former social studies department head at AHS, said the most outstanding thing about Maxine was that she could take the shiest students and turn them into actors.

"Her crowning achievement was to take a student who was reticent and get them on the stage somehow and they became a better and fuller citizen," said Nicholson, who remained close with Maxine after more than 37 years of working with her.

Maxine Adkins' teaching career in Anderson spanned five decades, beginning in 1959. She retired more than 10 years ago, moving to a large retirement community near Hot Springs, Ark.

Adkins was born Nov. 26, 1936, in Seymour, to Clarence and Dorothy Edith. With her husband, she had three children, Bill Adkins of Dallas; Gail Ellison of Frisco, Texas; and Michelle Adkins, of Shelbyville. Adkins was predeceased by her mother, Dorothy.

Some of her life accomplishments, aside from inspiring her students, include being one of the founding members of the Mainstage Theater on Ninth Street; being voted English teacher of the year; being head of the AHS English department; and being actively involved in the AHS academic decathlon and superbowl.

Jan Callen, now the head of English at AHS, said that one year Adkins took her student "athletes" to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.

"She was very active in those kinds of academic things," said Callen. "She was challenging as a teacher, and challenging as a boss. She expected things to be done right."

Ross Buckman, the former math department head at AHS, said that Adkins "gave so much as a teacher." Buckman said that he worked with her for 25 years.

"She was a special person," said Buckman. "She's a person to be remembered at school."

She taught English literature and drama in the Anderson Community Schools system for 38 years.

Survivors include her husband, John Adkins; son, Bill Adkins; two daughters, Gail Ellison and Michelle Adkins; father, Clarence Ross; two grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Village United Methodist Church with Rev. Norman Carter officiating. Entombment will be in CedarVale Mausoleum.

And up into her final years, said John Adkins, Maxine was active in the theater, becoming president of the Village Players, the theater company of the sprawling 28,000-acre Hot Springs Village to which John and Maxine retired 10 years ago.

"It didn't take her long to get involved," said John Adkins. "A lot of her students still sing her praises. She certainly is going to leave a big hole in my life."

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at CedarVale Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.





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