OBITUARY

William C. Adkins

November 22, 1937February 20, 2011

William Churchill Adkins November 22, 1937 – February 20, 2011

William C. Adkins passed away February 20, 2011 at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, CO, he was 73. William was born on November 22, 1937 in Reno, NV from the union of Frank Vance and Mary Katherine (Smart) Adkins. He spent his childhood in the Reno and Las Vegas area and spent numerous years in Nevada later moving to Anchorage, Alaska for ten years and Colorado for twenty-seven years. He worked in the gambling industry in Las Vegas, and an air conditioning & refrigeration in Alaska before moving to Colorado where he was a Pentecostal Minister for twenty-seven years. He served his country in the Air Force National Guard and was a member of the Alaska Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local #367. On February 14, 1981 he married Toni J.S. Adkins in Anchorage, she survives. William was a mighty warrior, an ambassador and soul winner for God. His main goal in life was to preach the cross of Christ and bring as many to that cross to meet Jesus in a personal manor, sharing the promise of everlasting life in Heaven. John 3:16 William leaves behind his wife Toni J.S. Adkins of Clifton, CO, a son; Todd (Toni) Sanderson of Anchorage, AK, three daughters; Kathi (Paul) Adkins Brown of Anchorage, AK, Tadi-Ann(Jose) Espino of Clifton, CO and a foster-daughter; Michelle Sutton of Culbertson, MT, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. William was preceded in death by his parents and a brother; Frank Adkins. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Lighthouse Christian Center, 3506 N.12th Street, Grand Junction, CO Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado or the Lighthouse Christian Center. Friends and family may leave condolences at www.martinmortuary.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 26, 2011
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Paul Brown

March 23, 2011

When I first met Bill, we both we're changing gears in life. I met his daughter Kathi Adkins in 1977, fell in love, latter married and we have been together since. Bill opened his home to us during a critical time, the birth of his grand daughter, Stephanie Ann Brown. I was fortunate to be able to talk about important things with Bill as well as share simple pleasures. He would tell me vivid tales of what he called the "Old Days" and I would imagine what it must have been like. Kathi, Stephanie and I would like to thank Bill again for his kindness and generosity. Thank you Bill and best wishes to you and all you have touched.

Tami & Ron Duran

March 4, 2011

William. I loved his teaching and preaching. And enjoyed laughing with Toni when he tried to say jacuzzi, HA!!!
We had a lot of adventures in our time as LightWalker! His laugh I will miss the most, there's no way you could hear it and not laugh yourself.
And yes, I agree with Tadi, people were touched and changed by being with him.
When I first got saved, he caught me on the stairs at the Church/school. He wanted to help me learn since I was a new Christian. He was telling me about the Holy Spirit, I thought he was going to tell me everything he knew!! It was weeks later that Ron and I were baptized in the Holy Spirit. I then knew his passion and went out looking for somebody to pour out everything I knew!
William you will be missed but I am happy you're with your Savior. Praising Him like you never could here in your human-ness. Seeing your little Momma, Trucker (and assorted critters) and the rest of the fam too.
Enjoy your rest Brother, you've earned it!
We love you,
Tami & Ron

February 28, 2011

I remember going to your house over in Rogers Park and talking to you at Marion & Newell's house. It was always fun. You will be missed. Greg Zarobsky, Fairway KS

Taylor Espino

February 27, 2011

I was always his punk and will miss him the most.I loved the way he would tell his grandkids stories of his amazing adventure as a preacher and memories of the goofy and funny times we had as a family.Up where he lived was an adventure waiting to happen.I especialy loved going to his house and taking care of his horses and dogs. Most of us said that he was Doctor Dolittle(his family would know what I mean).He was from Las Vegas so naturally he new how to deal and when ever we played cards and you were dealing well lets just say you would have to deal correctly or he'd make you start all over it was so irratating but he new what he was doing he also taught me a game called Robin Casino it was a blast to play. You will totally be MISSED by all of us.LOVE your Granddaughter Taylor Ann

Taylor Espino

February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

Tadi-ann Espino

February 25, 2011

How do you put into words what to say during times in our lives like these.... reflecting on years of memories, good and bad. Dad had many hats....thru the years...alot of adjustments but through it all I know he did his best in trying to help raising me. He was fun, he always said he felt younger than he was and didn't realize it till he looked in a mirror; including the times we had water fights in the house(Mom loved that) and our crazy adventures with him across the country singing "On The Road Again" to playing Hearts & Shoot the Moon till someone got mad because he knew what was in your hand from counting the cards. Everybody that has played with Dad knows what I mean!! There are parts of me that are who I am for having had William (My 2nd Dad) in my life. Thank you and you will be missed..... Love your daughter, Tadi-ann

Jackie Gordon

February 25, 2011

Jackie Gordon

February 25, 2011

Jackie Gordon

February 25, 2011