Ward Noble Adkins Sr.

December 25, 1914November 12, 2013

WARD NOBLE ADKINS, SR., passed away on Tuesday, the 12th of November 2013. He was born on Christmas Day, 1914, to Grace Blair Noble Adkins (granddaughter of Houston Mayor Irvin Capers Lord) and Elbert Everett Adkins, Sr. (a native of Ripley, Ohio). Ward graduated from San Jacinto High School and Rice University, where he was a varsity cheerleader. Ward was a 36 year employee in Exxon’s accounting department, working with early versions of computers. During his retirement, he kept busy in a variety of business and community activities, and enjoyed tennis and travel with his family and friends.

Known for his positive outlook and enthusiasm for life, Ward lived almost 99 years in Houston. He is predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Ann Schumacher Adkins; his sister, Mariann Adkins Kitchel; his brother, Elbert Everett Adkins, Jr.; his sisters-in-law, Henrietta Cargill Adkins and Barbara Sheddon Adkins; and his brothers-in-law, Frank Blair Lander and George Behrman Kitchel. Ward is survived by his two sons and their families: Ward Noble Adkins, Jr., and his wife Kathleen Henderson Adkins, and their children, Katy Brogdon Davis and Sarah Heep Davis; and John August Adkins and his wife, Cynthia Johnson Adkins, and their children, Alice Bintliff Colvin; Richard Burleson Colvin, Jr., and his wife, Pilar Psenda Colvin, and their daughters, Finley Marie Colvin and Kennedy Elaine Colvin; Elizabeth Ann Adkins; and John August Adkins, Jr. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Betty Schumacher Lander, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Ward was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a charter member and former vestryman of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church; a longtime member of the Colonneh Club; and an active participant in the San Jacinto High School Alumni Association. Ward also served on several residents’ committees at the Hallmark Retirement Community, where he and Ann had lived since 1996.

The Adkins family wishes to express its deep appreciation to Ward’s many friends, physicians, and caregivers for their steadfast support during Ward’s recent illness. Special thanks go to Carla Jackson’s nursing team, including Bridget McCray, LaShonda Mouton, Phoebe Banks, and Dorothy Ford.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Colonneh Club.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from four o’clock in the afternoon until six o’clock in the evening on Sunday, the 17th of November, 2013, in the Community Room of the Hallmark Retirement Community, 4718 Hallmark in Houston.

A Memorial Service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Monday, the 18th of November, 2013, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston, with the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., officiating and the Rev. Martin J. Bastian assisting. Immediately following, the Adkins family will greet Ward’s friends during a reception to be held in Bagby Parish Hall.

Prior to the Memorial Service, the family will have gathered for a private interment service at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, where Military Honors will be rendered.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to the Ann S. Adkins Scholarship in German-Texas History, Attn: Development, UT College of Liberal Arts, 116 Inner Campus Dr., G6300, Austin, TX, 78712; the Colonneh Club Scholarship at Rice University, Resource Development, Rice University, MS-81, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX, 77251; or the charity of one’s choice.



  • Visitation with the Family Sunday, November 17, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, November 18, 2013


  • Reception to follow

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Christopher Criner

November 21, 2013

I was quite surprised and saddened to hear of Ward's passing. It was only about four month's ago when I was with him and he looked and acted just a spry as always and he never appeared to age from year to year. We have lost yet another of the "Greatest Generation", truly a friend among friends. I can only guess the good Lord figured we had had him long enough and now it was time for us to share. Now he's up there with the "Lunch Bunch" and I wish I could hear what they are saying!

Katherine Hill

November 18, 2013

So sorry for your loss. Ward was a special friend at hallmark and before of my mom and also a special friend of her good friend Beth. God bless you at this time.

November 16, 2013


Judy Treadaway

November 15, 2013

John and Ward, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you were such a close and loving family. I pray that all is well with your families, time flies does it not?

November 15, 2013

To the family

marty wynne

November 15, 2013

ward and john, i am so saddened to learn of your wonderful dad's passing. He was so much fun and always seemed to focus on supporting others'. remember when i wore his jacket to church in Winter Harbor?? he was a sincere man, a wonderful father and life companion to your sweet mother. my aunt spent her final years at the Hallmark and made so many friends who were always doing things.

Mary Barbara Brooks Gold

November 14, 2013

Ward and Anne were good friends of my parents, Agnes and Bob Brooks. My sincere condolences to the family; Ward was a lovely man.

Mary Jean Kitchel

November 14, 2013

My deepest sympathy goes out to Ward Jr., John, and all the family. As our fathers pass on, we know we shall not see their like again. May Ward be welcomed into the Lord's Kingdom, and may light perpetual shine upon him.

Jamie Elick

November 14, 2013

Ward Noble Adkins, Sr. was a prince of man and undoubtedly lived up to his middle name "Noble". It was my pleasure to see Ward, Sr. from time to time for the past 43 years and become the recipient of the positive and friendly nature he so liberally and graciously bestowed on everyone. Ward, Sr. always made it his aim to engage the friends of his sons, Ward, Jr. and John in a colloquy and on occasion invite them to his annual Birthday / Christmas party at his house in Houston. This annual event will always be a very special memory for me and for all those who had the opportunity to celebrate Ward, Sr.'s birthday with him. Godspeed to you, Ward Noble Adkins, Sr.

Clare Buie Chaney

November 14, 2013

Though I never knew him, he must have been very special to have produced such an exceptional person as my friend John Adkins. Sad to lose him; lucky to have had him. He now lives on through his beloved children and grandchidren.