OBITUARY

Thomas Eggleston Adkins Sr.

October 3, 1932July 8, 2021
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Thomas Eggleston Adkins, Sr. passed peacefully on July 8, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred Ashton Adkins, Jr. (Spritter) and Virginia Spottswood Adkins (Pat); his brother Alfred Ashton Adkins, III (Puggy); his wife Beverly Elaine Adkins and his oldest daughter Heidi Irving (Chuck).

He is survived by his sister Sally Cary Parrish; his children Thomas E. Adkins, Jr. (Cathy), Heather Parrish (Robbie) and Wayne Adkins; his grandchildren Meredith Frazier (Hampton), Caroline Adkins, Thomas E. Adkins, III, Robbie Parrish (Kelly), Spencer Parrish, Gracie Parrish, Lauren Courtney (Nick), Peyton Douglas (Russell), Heather Irving, Kristen Klein (Nick); his great-grandchildren Charlie Courtney, Gwen Courtney, Tinker Douglas and countless nieces and nephews.

Born in Richmond, Virginia on October 3, 1932, Tom grew up in a very loving family with two wonderful siblings. His passion early on was playing sports especially baseball, football and basketball. Over the years, he became a talented baseball player and a quarterback who seemed to always play well in the big games. During his years at St. Christopher, John Marshall and Hampden Sydney he made many lifelong friends through sports. Tom was a Veteran of the Korean War. He was a loving, caring and devoted husband and father who always made sure that his wife, children and grandchildren had what they needed to succeed in life. He adored his wife of 64 years as you rarely saw one without the other. Tom was a family man who with his wife worked on many charitable causes to help those less fortunate including raising two young boys in foster care, raising money to provide bicycles to needy children and numerous outings to feed and clothe the poor. He stayed very active his entire life playing softball into his 70's with Tommy Earle, Charlie Earle and teammates all of whom were at least 10 years younger. He also worked at Regency Tire until he was 86 and looked forward to his time at the shop with Chris Caudill, Ronnie Jeter, Cecil Elder and all of the workers. Tom was a dedicated Christian who loved Second Baptist Church especially his Joy Sunday School class. He was kind and nice to everyone he met. Tom never met a stranger and you can bet that every encounter with anyone always included a joke. He always had a positive attitude towards life and loved to make people smile. Tom was a true Virginian. He loved Hanover tomatoes, oysters, crabs, shrimp, pecan pie and apple pie with ice cream. Tom also loved the beach and earned the nickname Dr. Beach by his family. Annual summer outings to Sandbridge and Hilton Head with his wife, children and grandchildren were some of the greatest times in his life. For almost five decades in the full outfit, Tom played Santa for all of the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and friends from all over Richmond creating memories that will last a lifetime. One of Tom’s many legacies will be his sense of humor which he used to make each day brighter for all he met.

The Adkins family would like to thank all of the staff at the River Garden Nursing Home and the Earl B. Hadlow Community Hospice Center for Caring for allowing him to peacefully “crossover” with endless care and dignity.

The memorial service for all family, relatives and friends will be held at Second Baptist Church located at 9614 River Road Richmond, Virginia on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 10:00 AM EST. A graveside service will follow at Greenwood Memorial Gardens located at 12609 Patterson Ave Richmond, Virginia at 11:00 AM EST. The Rev. Benjamin D. Brown will officiate both services.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the River Garden Nursing Home-11401 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 32258, the Earl B. Hadlow Community Hospice Center for Caring-4266 Sunbeam Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 32257 or the Joy Class Bike Fund Second Baptist Church-9614 River Road Richmond, Virginia 23229.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 31, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, July 31, 2021

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Thomas Eggleston Adkins Sr.

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Thomas Adkins III

July 28, 2021

Tom Adkins was my grandfather. For us grandkids, we knew him affectionately as "Pawpaw". Pawpaw was extremely compassionate and caring to us grandkids. He didn't just care for us, but he would do anything for us and those he loved. And not just those he loved, but strangers too. I'd see Pawpaw going out of his way to help people often. He was truly a friend to all, and if you were a stranger around and you didn't know who Tom Adkins was, you'd probably find out shortly.

Personally, Pawpaw encouraged me to do my best in whatever I was undertaking. Pawpaw always had a way of making whatever seemingly tough situation I was going through seem not that serious or severe after all. His positive and light hearted perspective on things is something I will always remember. He also was one of the funniest people I've ever known. His humor was one of a kind and he will always be "Dr. Beach" forever and always.

My best memories with Pawpaw include the many Christmases we spent together, and the vacations we spent at Hilton Head Island and VA Beach. He cared so deeply about his family and those close to him, and loved us more than we will know. I'll love and miss you deeply Pawpaw and I know that you'll always be with us!

Tommy Adkins

July 26, 2021

On behalf of the entire Adkins Family, I would like to Thank Everyone for their condolences, kind words and prayers over the last 2 weeks since my Dad passed. He was one of my heroes (along with my Mom) and not having them on earth anymore is very painful but we all take great pride knowing that Dad is in heaven with Mom, my sister Heidi and all of his other relatives and friends. Dad was a very special man who never cared about material things but rather making sure he was the best son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend that he could be everyday. He was a Christian who with Mom over the years made Second Baptist his place of worship and made many special friends while there. My Dad was a calming spirit in our family never to high or to low with the best sense of humor of anyone I have ever met. He loved Family outings especially to the Beach with all of his children and grandchildren. Dad gave me the best advice in my life just before I walked into my wedding ceremonies which was, "Son, within reason, let me say that again within reason---give her what she wants and you will be one of the happiest husbands in the world"! I took his advice and never looked back. Without knowing it---Dad also taught me how he managed his marriage and I followed suit here as well. That was, he and I are in charge but Mom and my wife call all of the shots! Dad---I want to Thank You and Mom for giving all in our Family the perfect example of how a marriage must work and the many great lessons as loving parents that you taught all of us. We will continue to Love The Lord, Help Those Less Fortunate Then Us, Love One Another and as Mom always said Be Kind & Nice to everyone we meet. I love you very much Dad and will cherish all of the many great memories we all had together. I only hope that I can perform my role for our Family half as good as you did for so many years!
Love, Thomas E. Adkins Jr. (Little Tommy)

Harold Robertson

July 21, 2021

I have been friends with Wayne Adkins for over 30 years and i got to know Tom very well through the years. He was like a " dad" to me. One of my favorite memories of Tom was when he, Wayne, my son Alex and i attended a University of Richmond football game on a cold November Saturday out at old City Stadium. It was cold and windy that day with temperatures in the 30' s and Wayne looked down and noticed Tom wasnt wearing any socks. Wayne asked his dad if he had any socks and Tom replied" I have a pair of socks they are in my coat pocket" We all laughed and from then on Tom forever had the nickname" socks".