Billy Joe Adkins

October 11, 1940November 29, 2011

Billy Joe Adkins, 71, passed from this life Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at Crossgates River Oaks, Brandon.

Visitation is 5:00-8:00pm Friday, December 2, 2011 at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Funeral services are 1:00pm Saturday, December 3, 2011 in the funeral home chapel with interment in Floral Hills Memory Gardens.

Mr. Adkins was born October 11, 1940 in Philadelphia, a son of the late Bill Devon Adkins and Autie Mae Deweese. He was an outstanding athlete at Pearl High School where he graduated in 1960.

Mr. Adkins retired from Cataphote after a 20 year career and owned/operated the Orbit station at Lakeview for many years. He was a member of Grandview Baptist Church in Pearl, was active with the Pearl Touchdown Club and was an avid Ole Miss fan. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and cooking for large gatherings of family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Mary Donald Adkins of Brandon; son, Billy Joe Adkins, Jr. of Brandon; daughters, Merri Wright and husband Ricky and Melynda Hancock and husband Joel; brother, Jerry Adkins; sister, Marjorie Branning; and grandchildren, Brittany Wright Fife, Allison Wright, Noah Wright, Courtney Hancock, Mollye Hancock and Joel Elijah Hancock.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by wife’s parents, William Hillman Donald and Pearl Henry Donald; brother-in-law, Hunter Branning; niece Judy Branning and nephew, Bobby Golden.

Memorials may be made to Pearl Presbyterian Church or Grandview Baptist Church.

The family extends a special thanks to Dr. Thomas Turner, Dr. Felix Gordon, Dr. Michael Albert and Dr. William Krooss for their dedicated care.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 3, 2011
  • Visitation Friday, December 2, 2011

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Melinda Burnham Myrick

December 2, 2011


You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Laron, Arleshia, Rydell & Je'Kory Trigg

December 2, 2011

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

December 2, 2011

Yall are in our prayers Sam&Virgil Emery Sr. (Clinton,Mo)

Jackie Adkins Steen

December 2, 2011

Just want to express my condolences to the rest of the family, This was my Uncle Billy he was one of the sweetest people i have ever known... he will be forever missed.

Ursula Beaver

December 1, 2011

Dear Mary, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ursula Beaver

Mary Brantley Wilson

December 1, 2011

Billy Joe and his family were very good friends of my family when I was growing up in Philadelphia, I had lost touch and did not know where they were. My heartfelt sympathy for his family and I regret I did not find them earlier. Sorry I am not able to come.

December 1, 2011

May you find comfort from the God of All Comfort.

Dan and Rachel West

December 1, 2011

I would like to express prayer support to the family of Billy Joe Adkins. In 1952 we moved from Jones County and lived near the Adkins. It was a priviledge to live near, trade with and attend school with Billy. May God bless you.

The Staff of Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home

December 1, 2011

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.