Lorna Garrett Adkins

September 11, 1931July 1, 2018

ADKINS, Lorna Garrett, of Ridgeway passed away at her daughter’s home in Richmond, VA. and joined her Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

She was born in Thomaston, Georgia and raised in Eden (Draper section) NC. She graduated as Salutatorian of Draper High School in 1949 and a 1953 graduate of UNC-G (Woman’s College) with a degree in Home Economics. The majority of her career was over 30 years as a teacher for Henry County Schools at Ridgeway Elementary School. While teaching, she was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a member of Piedmont Arts and Piedmont Guild. She attended Ridgeway United Methodist Church for many years and served in multiple capacities including Pastor Parish Relations Committee and as a Sunday School Teacher. Most recently she attended Martinsville’s First United Methodist Church. Upon the death of her husband in 2004, she was asked to fill his seat for the Town Council of Ridgeway. Subsequently she was elected to the Town Council numerous times and served until her death. She was instrumental in the display of the Town of Ridgeway seasonal banners. She felt Ridgeway was the best town in the whole world and was proud to be an American. A life-long animal lover, any cat was fortunate to live in her house and she dearly loved each one of them, especially Ginger.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and high school sweetheart Caleb W. (“Ace”) Adkins, as well as by her parents and her two brothers. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Lynn Moreau and husband John of Richmond, grandchildren Lee, Scott (Vickylee) and Drew (Stacey), great-grandchildren Barnes, Caleb, Stephen, Lydia, Katie, Brodie, Josie and Emily Moreau. She is also survived by devoted and special friends that she loved as family: Ed and Shirley Page and James J. “JJ” Adkins and their families. She was appreciative of her good neighbors Mike and Wendy Arendal, her dear friend Beverly Davis, and “adopted daughter” Kathie Scarborough. Special thanks to wonderful Richmond caregivers Theresa, Mary, Bonnie, Candice, Melodie and Francine and Mary and Du with Bon Secours Hospice.

Visitation will be held at McKee-Stone Funeral Services on Friday, July 6, 2018, from 3 to 5 pm. Burial and services are private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Ridgeway Ruritan Club, PO Box 78, Ridgeway, VA 24148 or the Pregnancy Care Center of Martinsville and Henry County, 314 Fairy Street, Martinsville, VA 24112. Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Services in Martinsville.


  • Scholarship Fund of Ridgeway Ruritan Club
  • Pregnancy Care Center of Martinsville and Henry County


  • Visitation Friday, July 6, 2018

Lorna Garrett Adkins

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Mary Lou Yeatts

July 11, 2018

What a wonderful and passionate educator. I had the pleasure of working with Lorna at Ridgeway Elementary School. She loved her students and pushed them to be their best. I am glad I had the chance to be her friend. I will keep you all in my prayers. ❤️🙏🏼

Janice Galyean

July 10, 2018

Lorna Adkins was my 5th grade teacher. She was one of the first adults in my life to give me hope for a brighter future. She made me feel important. She cared for me. She had the most loving eyes. As an adult we came together through the Pregnancy Care Center of MHC. I worked there and she supported the mission of saving babies lives. I was so excited to reacquaint with her. She still had that loving sparkle in her eyes, she was still my mentor, my encourager and I loved her dearly and I could tell she still had that special love for me. She still made me feel important. Her life was a testimony to me and I am sure many other children. I was blessed to have her in my life and thank GOD for allowing her to be my teacher and my friend.

Sylvia Handy

July 2, 2018

Roger and I were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was so sweet and had a great sense of humor. I know it was hard on you having to watch her suffer, but she’s not suffering any more. We will be praying for comfort and peace for you and your family.


Roger and Sylvia Handy