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Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home

125 Idletime Drive, Greeneville, TN

OBITUARY

Gary E. Adkins

September 24, 1968May 14, 2020
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Gary E. Adkins, 51, of the Camp Creek community, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020 at his home.

He was a brick layer. He had a love for horses and fishing.

Survivors include his wife: Bonnie Adkins; children: Hope Thatcher and Tashon, Cheyenne Floyd, and Brandon Floyd; grandson: Quinton Eason; one brother: Michael Adkins and Pauline of Greeneville; two sisters: Pamela Tester and David of Elizabethton and Teresa Tester and Luke of North Carolina; two special nephews: John Adkins and Doug Shaver; and several other nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Floyd Adkins and Lois Russell, and a sister, Kimberly Graham.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 pm at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be at 4 pm in the funeral home chapel with Mary Jane Farmer, CLP officiating.

  • FAMILY

  • Bonnie Adkins, Wife
  • Hope Thatcher (Tashon), Child
  • Cheyenne Floyd, Child
  • Brandon Floyd, Child
  • Quinton Eason, Grandchild
  • Michael Adkins (Pauline), Brother
  • Pamela Tester (Dvid), Sister
  • Teresa Tester (Luke), Sister
  • John Adkins, Special Nephew
  • Doug Shaver, Special Nephew
  • Floyd Adkins, Father (deceased)
  • Lois Russell, Mother (deceased)
  • Kimberly Graham, Sister (deceased)
  • He also leaves several other nieces and nephews, great nieces, and great nephews to cherish his memory.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 17, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, May 17, 2020

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Biography

      Gary E. Adkins was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Gary will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Gary was born on September 24, 1968 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton, Tennessee. He was the son of Floyd Adkins and Lois Bowers. Gary grew up in Elizabethton.

      Gary was raised with four siblings. He had two older sisters, Teresa and Pam, one younger sister, Kim, and one younger brother, Michael. Gary was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young boy, Gary had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. In his spare time he liked horses and fishing. However, to Gary, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

      A typical teenager, Gary had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. His favorite class in high school was mechanics.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those he knew, Gary enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during his lifetime. Later in life, he became friends with Allen Norwood, Tim Gouge, Clyde Vanderbilt, and Gene Wilkerson.

      On February 29, 2020 Gary exchanged wedding vows with Bonnie Joyce Floyd at Hillbilly Weddings of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Empathic and loyal, Gary was committed to making his new family happy.

      Gary worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Gary was blessed with three step children, Hope, Cheyenne, and Brandon. Another blessing for Gary was the gift of one grandchild, Quinten.

      Fortunately, Gary enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Gary worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was in masonry. Gary always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Gary enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were fishing, working on cars, and spending time with family. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Gary enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included the beach and Maggie Valley.

      Gary was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Maggie, a Shih-tzu puppy. They were best friends for 7 or 8 years.

       In retirement, he found new pleasure in working on cars and spending time with family. Even in retirement, Gary continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Gary was active in his community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

      Gary passed away on May 14, 2020 at home. Gary fought a brave battle against COPD and emphysema. He is survived by his wife, three children, one grandson, one brother, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews. Services were held at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

      Simply stated, Gary was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Gary leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Gary E. Adkins.

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