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Robert Charles Adkins


1930 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Robert Charles Adkins Obituary
ADKINS Robert Charles Adkins, 83 died Friday, April 4, 2014 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born April 21, 1930 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Georgia, the son of Charlie Franklin and Martha Ruth Mathews Adkins. He graduated from Columbus High School, Columbus, Georgia in June of 1947. There he participated in many school activities including earning a letter in football. Immediately after graduation from high school he attended Emory University at the Oxford Campus. He was drafted into the United States Army early in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953. Soon after being discharged from the army, he entered mortuary school at Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, TN. There he attained grades that permitted him to be inducted into membership in the National Scholastic Honor Fraternity, Pi Sigma Eta. Later he was graduated Cum Laude from Gupton-Jones. After Mortuary school he studied business, accounting and management courses at an extension of the University of Georgia. In 1957 he received a full scholarship and graduated from the National Foundation of Funeral Service School of Management in Chicago, IL. In 1955 he was one of the founders and became the fourth president of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia. During many years of devoted membership in this organization, he became the recipient of the first President s Award in 1986 for service to the organization and his profession. Then again in 2004 he received the President s Award for an unprecedented second time. In 2004 this organization honored him by naming the opening function at its annual conference the Robert C. Bob Adkins Reception. He authored numerous articles on funeral business management which were published in various professional trade journals and periodicals. He was a noted speaker and lecturer at national and international professional seminars. During his career as a funeral director and in succeeding years, he also held membership in the Georgia Funeral Directors Association, Florida Funeral Directors Association, South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, North Carolina Funeral Directors Association and the Association of Independent Funeral Directors of Florida. The Independent Funeral Directors of Florida honored him in 2000 by making him the first recipient of the W. Clyde Lankford Distinguished Service Award. He was also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and honored as a member of the Heritage Club of the National Association. He was a lifetime member of the Methodist (later, United Methodist) Church which he served twice as a Steward on the Official Board. Also, through the years he served on various committees and taught Sunday School classes for several years. While living in Folkston, GA his participating membership in civic and fraternal organizations included the Lions club, Jaycees and Masonic Lodge where he was twice Worshipful Master of Folkston Lodge #196 F. & A.M. He was also qualified instructor and Director of Work in that Lodge. He was the first appointed District Deputy to the Grand Master of the Eleventh Masonic District of Georgia. In the year 2008 he was honored by being recognized by the Grand Lodge of Georgia and Folkston Lodge #196 for in excess of fifty years of membership in these august bodies. In community participation, he was President of the Charlton Development Company and later served on the succeeding Charlton County Development Authority. He offered for and was elected to and served on the Charlton County School Board. He often made the statement that serving the people of Charlton County as a School Board Member was the most unselfish things he had ever done in his life. He was co-owner with his father and served as general manager of their funeral home in Folkston for twenty-two years. After selling the funeral business, he began working as a management consultant in Jacksonville, FL for the specialized funeral business accounting firm, American Society of Funeral Directors. He bought that business from his business associate, Carl Holbrook in 1982. He continued as owner and general manager of ASFD until he sold it and merged it with Southeastern Funeral Directors Service where he continued as a management consultant until 2010. He had made his home in Jacksonville since 1978 where he was a member of First United Methodist Church and was active there until his health limited his attendance. His surviving family includes: his wife of 34 years, Sylvia Davis Adkins; his children, Kyle and Kathy Adkins, of Folkston, GA; Mark and Sofia Shealy, Jennifer Leigh Shealy and Reba Lynn and Bill Shrewsbury, all of Jacksonville. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, as well as, several cousins he was close to. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville, 225 E. Duval Street, at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 8 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Boulevard. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations, in his memory, be made to Community Hospice of NE Florida or First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Apr. 6, 2014
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