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Sara Ann Adkins Jones

July 10, 1939November 6, 2020

Sara Ann Adkins Jones, 81, of Oakman, passed away Friday, November 6, 2020. Celebration of Life will be held at Woodland Trace Church of Christ, Friday, November 13, 2020, at 2 p.m., with social distancing and mask required. Our Mom was born on her grandparents’ farm in Empire, Alabama. She grew up in mining camps in the Gorgas and Aldridge communities where she developed lifelong friendships that were celebrated with her beloved Martin High School Class of 1957 alumni annual reunions. She married her husband, James Larry, shortly after high school and they briefly moved to Hammond, Indiana. She literally rode a train back to Walker County with her mother the day before her daughter, Lisa, was born. Kathy was born 24 months later and “The Baby”, Mark, followed 14 months later. Her married life was spent on a farm south of Oakman raising doorstep kids. She planted flowers and vegetable gardens, canned and preserved food, cared for many animals, fed songbirds and hummingbirds, and always put up a gourd pole for her returning purple martin flock. She was a renowned cook and could literally feed an army of friends and family. She made delicious home cooked meals and self-admitted that she could dirty every pot and pan in the process. Cooking was her forte, cleaning was not. Her homemade biscuits and gravy was the cornerstone of the Jones family breakfasts for the annual Gatlinburg Christmas trips. She loved Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Floyd Cramer, and all the 1950s music; floral scented perfume; saltwater taffy & fruit; and professed to hate shopping so she always bought in bulk from Sam’s Wholesale or off QVC and Home Shopping Network. She loved the Auburn Tigers and followed all sports throughout the year. A favorite gift was anything that sported the AU logo! Mom attended church at Aldridge, Liberty Hill, Valley View, and McArthur Heights. She served on the Walker County Farmer’s Federation Board of Directors and chaired the Women’s Committee for numerous years. She was afforded extensive travel with that group and formed friendships across the state. Mom faced health challenges throughout her adult life but persevered through the loss of a premature daughter, treatment of laryngeal and breast cancer, two hip replacements, and several chronic conditions and surgeries. Due to declining health, she spent her last year in Harbor Chase Assisted Living Facility where she received excellent care. She loved her extended family and told stories of her childhood throughout her life. She reminisced the happy times that she spent on her Papa Tommy and Mama Lola’s farm and how she was spoiled and made to feel special by them and her Uncles Thomas and Ralph and her Aunt Helen. Aunt Sara provided numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins with both family history lessons as well as unsolicited advice at times. She even purchased a smart phone so she could send texts daily to her brother, Terrell, who lives in Texas. Although she never really mastered the process, we all treasured her efforts to stay in touch electronically. Mom’s calling in life was her role as a mother and grandmother. She was a smitten grandmother who said that her grandsons, Andrew and Alex, were like having her babies all over again and stated numerous times that she never dreamed that she would live to see the birth of her two great grandchildren, Zander and Guy Brooks. Her true gift was to make each of us feel supported and loved uniquely and unconditionally. She always boasted that she had been made a millionaire three times over by her children. She called us every year on our birthday and told us our birth stories in detail always concluding with how happy she was to see that beautiful baby arrive. Her legacy of love and support will be missed by all that were blessed to know her. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Larry Jones; infant daughter, Sara Elizabeth Jones; parents William Lee and Lorene Adkins; sister, Elaine Blackwell; grandparents, William Thomas and Lola Adkins and Thomas and Minnie Sherwood; in-laws, Larry and Cora Jones. She is survived by her children, Lisa Jones German (James), Kathy Jones (Pam), and Mark Jones; grandsons, Andrew German and Alex German (Brooke); great grand grandsons; Zander German and Guy Brooks German; brother, William Terrell Adkins (Carol) and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the memory of Sara Jones to Town of Oakman in care of Jennifer Wade P.O. Box 267 Oakman, AL 35579, for Senior Center in memory of Sara Jones.

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Ben Allen

November 13, 2020

Aunt Sarah was a well loved person I remember two things about spending the night first uncle James had a raccoon 🦝 and when we would come see them some how he get that raccoon too stick his paw out of a hole in the house and when I was there I get excited about it and move away from it. The second thing I remember is that they had a freezer in the house so james ask me to go get something out of when I open the door there was a pigs 🐷 head and paws 🐾 right beside it I slammed the door and run back and set down at the table with james laughing real hard at me those two things I will never forget I love you aunt Sara and you will be missed love your nephew Ben

TERRY COMER

November 12, 2020

So sorry to hear the passing of Mrs. Jones
We all loved her.
Terry Comer
and Staff

Joan Cooke-Strickland

November 10, 2020

My heart was broken to hear of Sara's passing. My mother, Mary Helen Adkins, adored her and my sisters and I did also. Sara was the first grandchild in the Adkins (Tommy & Lola) family. She spent alot of time at my grandparents farm. My mother was not married at the time so she spent alot of time with her. Sara told me Mama Lola and her Aunt Mary Helen were like mothers to her. We loved to sit and listen to her tell of past times regarding our family. She was a devout christian lady and had a big heart. She was always kind, sweet and smiling. I cherished my time with her and will miss her greatly.

Johnny Blackwell

November 10, 2020

As a kid growing up I Loved to go spend the weekends and summers at aunt Sara’s house. She always treated me just as one of her own and made sure I didn’t go 😋 hungry she was a “ very good cook “ I will never forget her laugh. She will always and forever be in my heart . Johnny

Dana Given

November 10, 2020

Jeff and I are so thankful to have known Sara. She was always kind and gracious to us, and we enjoyed her company. The love she had for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was very evident...they were her pride and joy! She was so good to our daughter, Brooke, and always made her feel special...we will be forever grateful to her for that. She will be greatly missed!

Greg Odom

November 10, 2020

My condolences on the loss of Sara. She was a good lady and was very good to my family and I. She will be missed greatly. 

David Pugh

November 9, 2020

My deepest condolences to all of you. Sara was a very dear friend to mom and to all of us! I am not sure there was ever a time I saw Sara without her calling me "Sugar". She was an amazing, genuine person, and I know you will all miss her very much. The Pughs are here if you need anything.

Inez Evans

November 9, 2020

Lisa, Kathy, and Mark, I am so sorry to hear about Sara. She was a good neighbor and friend to me at Liberty Hill. Later, when she moved to Oakman, I would go by to see her and we would talk about kids and grandkids. She seemed so happy living in Oakman. I pray for comfort and peace for each of you.

Gerry Pugh

November 9, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Sarah was a wonderful lady. I will never forget how inviting and kind she was to me as a child.
Heaven surely has a new Angel.

Love You All,
Gerry

Marie Kitchens

November 8, 2020

Sorry for your loss Sarah was a good person

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