Mr. Adkins graduated from Benton, Ky. High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He played basketball at Murray State and coached basketball and baseball in western Kentucky and southern Illinois, having taught and served as principal at Joppa High School. He was also an avid golfer.
Survivors include his wife, Pat; one daughter, Kay Adkins and husband Barry Gowin of Ashland, Ky.; one son, Brad Adkins and wife Rhonda of Metropolis; one grandson, Kyle Adkins of Metropolis; one sister, Joy Rhodes of Linden, Tenn.; one brother, Wendell Adkins of Paducah; one brother- and sister-in-law, Wayne and Betty Riley of Metropolis; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Monday at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis with Rev. Louis Brinker officiating.