OBITUARY

Calvin "Pete" Marcellus Adkins

August 20, 1926June 23, 2020
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Funeral services for Calvin M. “Pete” Adkins, 93, will be held at Hill Crest Chapel, Haughton on Highway 80 East, at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2020. Visitation will be held at Hill Crest Chapel, Friday, June 26, 2020, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Calvin was born to Benjamin C. Adkins and Vera Harris Adkins August 20, 1926, at home near the community of Camp, later known as “Stand Pipe” halfway between Homer and Haynesville in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. He was baptized at the age of 15 at Union Grove Church of Christ and remained a faithful servant of the Lord until he entered into his heavenly home, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Haughton, Louisiana. Growing up in Claiborne Parish, graduating from Haynesville High School in 1945, he was awarded an athletic scholarship to attend LA Tech in Ruston. While at Tech he met the love of his life, Margaret Fisher, whom he married in 1949 after graduating from Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Social Studies.

During the early part of the 1950’s, Calvin, also known as “Pistol Pete”, for his pitching abilities, lived his own “Field of Dreams” story playing semi-pro baseball for the Homer Oilers. His career was short lived due to an injury to his arm. In 1958 he moved his young family to Haughton, LA where he began his teaching career in the Bossier Parish School System at Haughton High School. During his tenure at Haughton he wore many “hats” including being promoted to Assistant Principal before becoming Principal of Princeton Junior High School from 1970 until his retirement in 1986. After retirement he enjoyed his free time playing golf, bird hunting and farming on his home place in Claiborne Parish.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 68 years, Margaret, brothers, Aloys and Maurice Adkins, sisters, Evelyn Lyles and Nelwyn Thibodeaux Gray.

He is survived by his son, David W. Adkins, daughter-in-law, Karen of Franklin, TN, son, Paul F. Adkins of Haughton, LA; daughter, Lois Ann Adkins of Haughton, LA; grandsons, Chris Adkins and wife Rebeka of Spring Hill, TN, Calvin and Matthew Adkins of Haughton, LA; great granddaughter, Annaleigh Adkins and great grandson, Asher Adkins of Spring Hill, TN.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Ted Warren and staff for many years of compassionate care and to Willis-Knighton Hospice for their care and support to Daddy and our family in these past few days.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Minden Church of Christ, 200 College Street, Minden, LA 71055 or a charity of their choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Margaret Fisher Adkins, Wife of 68 Years (deceased)
  • Benjamin C. and Vera Harris Adkins, Parents (deceased)
  • Aloys and Maurice Adkins, Brothers (deceased)
  • Evelyn Lyles and Nelwyn Thibodeaux Gray, Sisters (deceased)
  • David W. Adkins, Son
  • Karen Adkins, Daughter-in-law
  • Paul F. Adkins, Son
  • Lois Ann Adkins, Daughter
  • Chris Adkins (Rebeka), Grandson
  • Calvin and Matthew Adkins, Grandsons
  • Annaleigh Adkins, Great-Granddaughter
  • Asher Adkins, Great-Grandson

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 26, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

Memories

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Ruth Stanley

June 27, 2020

David and Karen, so sorry to hear about Pete, I remember going to church with him in Minden when Buddy and I first married. He was a wonderful christian man. You and all of the family are in my prayers.

Karen White

June 27, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of your daddy’s passing. Enjoyed spending time with him and your mom at your house. I have such sweet memories from Haughton High School of him. Will be lifting you, David and Paul up in prayers during this time. Love you my friend!

Linda McDonald Oglesby

June 27, 2020

Mr. & Mrs. Adkins were two of my favorite teachers when I moved to Haughton HS during the second semester of my junior year. They welcomed me and helped me to make the transition from “military” life to life in the “country” as it was my first experience not being in a school with mostly military kids. I am so glad that I got to visit with them again at my class reunion several years ago. Your Dad was a wonderful educator and friend.
🙏 for comfort and peace for your family in the coming days.

Elouise Stewart Lamb

June 27, 2020

To David, Lois, and Paul
I am sad that your Dad has passed away, but I am happy that he is now with your mother and other loved ones and friends. He and your mother were special teachers and friends who I will always remember.

Thanks to all three of you children for the special care you gave to both of your parents during their final years. I am sure they appreciate the sacrifices you made to take care of them, and they love you very much. May God bless and comfort you at this sad time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Louise Stewart Paupard

June 27, 2020

I’m so thankful I was able to have Mr. and Mrs. Adkins as teachers at HHS as they both had profound effects on my life. Mr. Adkins was witty and kind, and Mrs. Adkins was so sweet and supportive. I am very glad I could visit with them periodically through the years when I would travel home to be with my parents. My thought and prayers are with David, Lois, Paul, and their families. “God be with you till we meet again.”

Rebecca Lawrence Stenzel

June 26, 2020

So sorry for you loss. I have fond memories of Margaret and Pete as teachers, neighbors, and friends. Becky Lawrence Stenzel

Mary Doty Riddle

June 26, 2020

I remember Mr. Adkins from the time I taught at Princeton Elementary in the 70s. He was the best principal and taught me what was needed to become a better teacher and person. He was always available to share his words of wisdom and made my days at Princeton memorable. I still remember those days and think fondly of them often. Thank you Mr. Adkins for being part of my teaching experience. You were the best.

Condolences to your family and friends.

Mary Doty Riddle

Jerri Gallagher

June 25, 2020

So sorry to learn of Pete's passing. He was a good man and I will miss him at our Annual Adkins Graveyard Working. I always enjoyed seeing him, your Mom, and you , Lois. Another one of the Greatest Generation has gone.

Debra Winget

June 25, 2020

I looked forward to Sunday mornings and seeing Mr. Adkins. He always sat in the last pew, and was a very faithful man. He will be missed.

Debra Winget

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Biography

Funeral services for Calvin M. “Pete” Adkins, 93, will be held at Hill Crest Chapel, Haughton on Highway 80 East, at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2020. Visitation will be held at Hill Crest Chapel, Friday, June 26, 2020, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Calvin was born to Benjamin C. Adkins and Vera Harris Adkins August 20, 1926, at home near the community of Camp, later known as “Stand Pipe” halfway between Homer and Haynesville in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. He was baptized at the age of 15 at Union Grove Church of Christ and remained a
faithful servant of the Lord until he entered into his heavenly home, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Haughton, Louisiana. Growing up in Claiborne Parish, graduating from Haynesville High School in 1945, he was awarded an athletic scholarship to attend LA Tech in Ruston. While at Tech he met the love of his life, Margaret Fisher, whom he married in 1949 after graduating from Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Social Studies.

During the early part of the 1950’s, Calvin, also known as “Pistol Pete”, for his pitching abilities, lived his own “Field of Dreams” story playing semi-pro baseball for the Homer Oilers. His career was short lived due to an injury to his arm. In 1958 he moved his young family to Haughton, LA where he began his teaching career in the Bossier Parish School System at Haughton High School. During his tenure at Haughton he wore many “hats” including being promoted to Assistant Principal before becoming Principal of Princeton Junior High School from 1970 until his retirement in 1986. After retirement he enjoyed his free time playing golf, bird hunting and farming on his home place in Claiborne Parish.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 68 years, Margaret, brothers, Aloys and Maurice Adkins, sisters, Evelyn Lyles and Nelwyn Thibodeaux Gray.

He is survived by his son, David W. Adkins, daughter-in-law, Karen of Franklin, TN, son, Paul F. Adkins of Haughton, LA; daughter, Lois Ann Adkins of Haughton, LA; grandsons, Chris Adkins and wife Rebeka of Spring Hill, TN, Calvin and Matthew Adkins of Haughton, LA; great granddaughter, Annaleigh Adkins and great grandson, Asher Adkins of Spring Hill, TN.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Ted Warren and staff for many years of compassionate care and to Willis-Knighton Hospice for their care and support to Daddy and our family in these past few days.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Minden Church of Christ, 200 College Street, Minden, LA 71055 or a charity of their choice.