EAST LIVERPOOL - Franklin D. "Deadle" Adkins of East Liverpool, died at 6:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at his home following a brief illness. He was 74.
Born Sept. 14, 1938, in Logan, W.Va., he was a son of the late Oscar and Olive Fouch Adkins.
A career 20-year veteran, he retired from the U.S. Army in 1976. A Green Beret and a member of the Army's Special Forces, he served two tours in Vietnam.
Following his retirement from the service, he lived in Fayetteville, N.C., where he worked for the city street department and was in charge of equipment. He also worked with heavy equipment in the strip mines in West Virginia and he owned and operated A & B Auto Service in Omar, W.Va., for several years.
He enjoyed woodworking and music, and he avidly followed current events and enjoyed watching C-SPAN.
Surviving at home is his wife Joyce Sellards Adkins, whom he married Feb. 5, 1963.
Also surviving are two daughters, Donna Adkins Anderson and her husband, Mark, of Columbus, and Holly Bosco and her husband, Brent, of East Liverpool; and a son, Steve Adkins and his wife, Kimberly, of East Liverpool.
There are seven grandchildren: Alison Anderson, Amanda Anderson, Gage White, Aubrey Bosco, Brandon Adkins, Stephanie Adkins and Brett Clark. There is one great-grandson, Braedyn Brereton.
Surviving are three sisters, Ruth Curry and her husband, Elmo, of Johnstown, Ohio, Lynn Dell Ellis of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Iris Elkins and her husband, Jack, of North Carolina; and six brothers, Billy Adkins and his wife, Georgia Mae, of Reynoldsburg, Clifton Curtis Adkins of South Carolina, Hobart Adkins and his wife, Doris, of Logan, W.Va., Roscoe Adkins and his wife, Ruth, of Leesburg, Ga., Linden Adkins and his wife, Gladys, of Reynoldsburg and Robert Adkins and his wife, Barbara, of Reynoldsburg.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Madeline Bailey, and by four brothers, Harvey Elwood Adkins, Jason Adkins, Leon Adkins and Vernon Adkins.
The Rev. Tanta Luckhardt-Hendricks is to conduct a memorial service at noon Friday, Sept. 28, at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 767 Park Blvd., East Liverpool. Immediately following the service, family and friends will gather at the church fellowship hall for continued fellowship and refreshment.
Arrangements are being handled by the Dawson Funeral Home.
View Mr. Adkins' memorial website and send condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com