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LaGatha F Adkison

July 30, 1943August 21, 2019

LaGatha Faye Adkison, beloved wife, mother and former Registrar at Taylor University, went peacefully home to be with her Heavenly Father on August 21, 2019. She was born July 30, 1943 in Winters, Texas to the late Jewel and Ivy Traylor. She graduated from Winters High School and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Texas Christian University.

LaGatha retired from Taylor University in 2008 after serving faithfully for 30 years, including the last 10 years as the University’s Registrar. Throughout her life she was a dedicated Christian. During her time at Taylor, she was committed to seeing all students succeed, enjoyed fellowship of Taylor professors and faculty, and believed in the best of people. During the past 17 years LaGatha was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis where she enjoyed her time volunteering with the Northside Food Pantry and the Hospitality Team.

LaGatha is greatly loved and will be dearly missed by her beloved husband of 54 years, Hollis Leon Adkison, to whom she married on August 20, 1965 in Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University, two sons - John Mark Adkison (wife Candace, children Georgia Grace and Piper Ivy) of Port Orange, FL and Christopher Adkison (wife Beth, children Kennedy, Andrew, Katherine, Kayla) of San Jose, CA. Additional survivors include siblings (Wanda McConnell, Wendell Traylor, Lynn Traylor), sister-in-law (Linda Adkison Southall, husband Hugh Southall) and nephews/nieces (Brandon Southall, Joel Southall, Robin McConnell, Trey Traylor, Thor Traylor, Kenny Traylor, Eric Traylor, Kelly Traylor, Jonathan Traylor, Joelle Traylor, Ivy Traylor Boudreaux, Olga Traylor, Jack Traylor).

The Celebration of LaGatha’s Life will be held at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis, 46260 at 12:00pm on Monday, August 26, 2019. There will be a Memorial Calling in the church Parlor adjacent to the sanctuary one hour before the service at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Northside Food Pantry, c/o Second Presbyterian Church.


  • Northside Food Pantry c/o Second Presbyterian Church


  • Memorial Calling Monday, August 26, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, August 26, 2019


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Joan Traylor

August 26, 2019

May our Lord give you comfort and peace in this sad time. I have fond memories of LaGatha’s early years. We called her “Gady”. She and her brother Lynn, as children, were candle lighters in my wedding. And when she married I was privileged to make her wedding gown.

Joyce Helyer

August 25, 2019

Larry and I want to express our deep sympathy to Leon and the family. LaGatha was a resource person for me during my days in Admissions and Advancement at Taylor. She was always helpful and wanted to do everything correctly. We shared some great conversations and laughter together. I know how proud LaGatha was of her boys and I always enjoyed my interaction with them. John Mark you were a great Student Ambassador and Chris I always appreciated your friendliness. We send you our love from Nashville, TN.--Joyce & Larry Helyer

TJ & Mark Scheig Family

August 24, 2019

We pray your family has the peace of Christ at this heart breaking time. We feel for you Chris, Elizabeth and kids. Please know we will keep you in our prayers and thoughts. Much Love, the Scheig Family ❤️

Jeremy Diller

August 24, 2019

I lived at the house next door to her in Upland from age 8 until I went to College. She was the best. She will be dearly missed. She was always friendly, loved people, and had an eternal perspective. She was a great lady.

Hugh Southall

August 23, 2019

She was working at Texas Electric Service Company in Fort Worth, Texas, around 1965-66. We were in the same building on 7th street in downtown Fort Worth (except she was way up in the executive offices while I was down in engineering). Once we were crossing in opposite directions at the light on 7th street (and it was hot) and I remember thinking this lady is cool and very beautiful. She remained beautiful the whole time and I will miss her greatly. She was a nice lady.

Beulah Baker

August 23, 2019

LaGatha was wonderful to work with as Registrar--attentive to detail, available, efficient. She was also a warm friend I loved to visit with. Though I lost interaction after she moved to Indy, she will be missed. Comfort to her family.

Stephen Hoffmann

August 22, 2019

Artis and I are very sorry to hear of LaGatha’s passing. We both so enjoyed LaGatha’s down-to-earth friendliness and sense of humor. I really enjoyed working with LaGatha when she was Registrar. She was always responsive to questions and did a great job managing a responsibility that required great attention to detail, sympathetic listening and firm application of standards. Even though we live far away, we shall miss the opportunity to see LaGatha again, at least in this life. We were always glad to do so on the occasions when our paths crossed.