Janice Lillard Adkins

July 23, 1937August 29, 2013

Janice Lillard Adkins, age 76, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 at her home from a short term illness.

Janice was born July 23, 1937 in Morristown, Hamblen County to Swann Lillard and Fannie Felknor Lillard. She was married to the late Roger Adkins.

Besides her former husband, she was preceded in death by her father, Swann Lillard; her mother, Fannie Felknor Lillard; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Lillard and an infant daughter, Swannanna Adkins.

Janice graduated from Morristown High School and furthered her education at Carson-Newman College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in teaching. After 40 years of service in public education, Janice retired from The National Education Association, The Tennessee Education Association and The Hamblen County Education Association. She was a member of the Samuel Doak Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution, where she served as Regent. She was also a member of the General Federated Women’s Club in Morristown. Ms. Adkins was a lifetime member of The First Baptist Church in Morristown.

Janice is survived by an aunt, Edna Felknor Gray; special cousins, Jason Pack and wife, Martha, Sarah Elizabeth Pack, James Noah Pack and Rebecca Caroline Pack and a host of other cousins; a special friend and caregiver, Sheila Wisecarver; caregiver, Sharon Long and friends, Marion Keith and Carol Peterson who also assisted her during her illness.

Graveside service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 3 p.m. in Hamblen Memory Gardens with the Rev. Danny Georges officiating.

Pallbearers will be Scott Felknor, Randy Felknor, Don Gray, Edgar Gray, Mark Price and Clay Robertson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home in Morristown.


  • Graveside Service Sunday, September 1, 2013

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Rebecca Luster-Olson

September 29, 2014

Janice Adkins was my 5th grade teacher. I am now 41 years old and she has remained close to my heart all of these years. She believed in me and had such a unique way of letting me know that. She never told me she showed me in so many ways. The positive impact she made on my life is indescribable. I have deep regret that I never took the time to let her know how much I have admired and appreciated her all of these years. I looked her up today and found her obituary, my heart is so sad. I learned more from her than any textbook would have been able to teach me and I have taken those lessons with me through out my entire life. Mrs. Adkins was such a special lady, I am certain she is decorated in heaven with the most beautiful crown of jewels.

Dorothy (Dot) Howell

February 22, 2014

Janice was a college friend and we kept in touch - but I did not know of her passing until the Carson Newman magazine came out. We were friends all four years at CN and roomed together our senior year. I am so sorry I did not know about her illness and passing, and I grieve for her family.