Eugene Avery Adkisson, a long-time Paradise resident and businessman died on August 16, 2004 at Feather River Hospital after a brief illness. Gene was the eldest of 12 children born to parents Luther Avery Adkisson and Esther Lee Allen Adkisson. He was born on October 19, 1922 in Byars, Oklahoma.
Gene served in the Army during WWII. He was a Tech Sergeant and was involved in several major engagements including D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.
In 1945, he rejoined his family in Paradise where they operated Adkisson Gravel Company and Adkisson Van & Storage. Gene served in the Air Force from 1949 to 1952 in Korea.
Gene worked in the retail grocery industry, and owned grocery and mobile home sales businesses. He owned Century 21 Real Estate in Paradise for about 20 years.
Gene was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed league bowling and excursions on his Lake Oroville patio boat. He loved annual family reunions at Butte Meadows. He was known for his friendliness and generosity.
He and his late wife, Mary Louise Cooper McClain raised their four daughters in Paradise. He was preceded in death by his daughter Katherine Lee, son Vernon Avery, granddaughter Sherry Fiore, brothers Cecil Leroy, Earl Dean and Berle Wayne, and his parents.
Gene is survived by his beloved companion of 20 years Nancy Eiger of Paradise; and his daughters Sondra McClain of San Diego, Linda Glover of Paradise, Rhonda Cassell of Oklahoma, Glenda Perez of Magalia; sisters: Marcella Criswell of Sacramento, Billie Jo Kern of Colorado, Christine Knopp of Arizona, Barbara Zeissler of Magalia, Carroll Amator of Durham; brothers Marion Adkisson of Alhambra, Jack Adkisson of Marysville, Donald Adkisson of Chico; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and hundreds of other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Paradise Chapel of the Pines. Friends may pay respects at the Chapel of the Pines on Thursday, Aug. 19 from 5-7 p.m. The funeral service will be at Chapel of the Pines at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 20th; internment will be at Paradise Cemetery.