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ADKINS. A good and honorable man, James M. Adkins, passed away on June 8, 2013. After an honorable discharge from the Army, he became a well-known businessman; owning and operating an electrical contracting business and founding Adkins Lighting Center in Petersburg and Richmond, Va. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, living the Christian life all of his adult life, serving in many capacities. James will be remembered for his humor, his sense of fairness and a desire to leave the world a better place because he lived. He touched many lives in a positive way. He was generous, thoughtful and loving. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Edna B. Adkins; a daughter, Debbie A. Edwards and husband, Mark, of Midlothian; a son, James E. Adkins and wife, Karen, of Disputanta; a grandson, Brandon J. Adkins; a granddaughter, Jessica Lynne Adkins; a sister, Ruth A. Aldredge of Chesapeake; a brother, Curtis Adkins of Dinwiddie; numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2013 in the Petersburg Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Home, 3935 S. Crater Rd. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Crater Community Hospice, 3916 S. Crater Rd., Petersburg, Va. 23805. Condolences may be registered at

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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Published online on 6/12/2013 courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch.