David Lee Adkins, 67, of Portsmouth, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the SOMC Hospice Center. He was born December 18, 1950 in Portsmouth, a son of the late Junior Gorey and Monnie Doris Bradley Adkins.
David was retired from Columbia Gas of Ohio where he worked as a Service Technician for 29 years. He worked many overtime hours so that he could better support his family and he often took his sons along with him so they could learn the jobs. David was also a partner in Dallas Rentals with his friend Alan Shultz.
A 1970 Portsmouth High School graduate, David attended The Rock Church in Wheelersburg. He was a Vietnam War era Navy veteran, having earned the National Defense Service Medal. He was also a member of the James Dickey Post #23 American Legion and the Aurora Masonic Lodge #48.
David had many interests including antique cars, drag racing, golf, bowling, hunting and fishing and he also coached Little and Junior League baseball teams.
Surviving is his wife, Bernadine “Bernie” Johnson Adkins, whom he married April 3, 2009 in Greenup, KY; two sons, David Andrew (Lindsay Moore) Adkins of McDermott and Daniel Lee (Jessica) Adkins of Lucasville; two stepsons, David C. (Alayne) Reed of Bellville, Ontario and Shawn T. Whitt of Wheelersburg; two brothers, Rick Adkins of Portsmouth and Ron (Carol) Adkins of Knockemstiff; eight grandchildren, Jordan A. Adkins, Avalyn Adkins, Kaylie Moore, Skylynn Adkins, Kaden Zumbro, David A. Reed, Kayson Whitt and Logan Whitt; his beloved dog, Morgan; and many close friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home in Portsmouth with Rick Clark, minister, officiating and interment in Siloam Cemetery. The James Dickey Post American Legion Honor Detail will conduct Military Graveside rites.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services Wednesday. Masonic Services will be conducted by the Aurora Masonic Lodge at the funeral home Tuesday at 8 p.m.
The flag of the U.S. Navy will fly at the funeral home in honor of Mr. Adkins' service to our country.
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