Alonzo Adkins Jr. CANYON-Dr. Alonzo Lonnie F. Adkins Jr., 81, died July 29, 2012, in Canyon, Texas. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Dreamland Cemetery. Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Directors. Burial will be in Dreamland Cemetery, Canyon, Texas. Dr. Alonzo Lonnie F. Adkins Jr. was born on June 9, 1931, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Alonzo Franklin and Mollie Sawyer Adkins Sr. He married Joyce Marie Medeiros in Lubbock on Aug. 16, 1963. He worked his way through college and received his PhD in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University. He taught electrical engineering at Texas Tech for seven years. He then taught at Amarillo College for 29 years and became the chairman of the electrical engineering technology department, retiring in 1999. He was a registered professional engineer for the state of Texas, was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, IEEE, and past president of Texas Alliance of Minorities in Engineering. He was inducted into the Texas Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy. He was also a member of the Khiva Shrine in Amarillo, Scottish Rite Valley of Dallas, Orient of Texas, and received his 50-year pin as a member of the Keller Masonic Lodge #1084. He supported many events of science, technology engineering, and mathematics education at all levels. He enjoyed his studying, Sudoku puzzles, his workouts, gardening, and canning. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Alonzo Lonnie F. Adkins III. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Adkins; a daughter, Diana Loree and husband Ellis; two stepsons, John Morris and David Morris; two sons, Michael Adkins and wife Jeanne, and Mark Adkins; a brother, Calvin Adkins; six grandchildren, John Paul, Jennifer, Carolyn, William, Thomas and Jacob; and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Amarillo College Science and Engineering Division Scholarship Fund, Amarillo College Foundation, P.O. Box 447, Amarillo, TX 79105. Please sign the online guest registry at www.brooksfuneral.com.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on July 31, 2012