SHELBY - Mr. Albert Berry Adkins, 81, of 1102 Mooresboro Road, died on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at his home.
A native of Danville, Va., he was the son of the late Johnny Douglas and Ruth Vaughn Adkins. Mr. Adkins formerly managed J & C Dyeing, owned Multicolor, Inc., and retired as a consultant in the textile industry. He was a member of Mooresboro Masonic Lodge No. 388. He played semi-professional baseball in Danville, Va., loved and participated in Dirt Track Racing, was an avid softball player and loved gardening. He also volunteered in the Poultry Barn at the Cleveland County Fair.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Sarah Harris Adkins; three brothers; and four sisters.
Mr. Adkins is survived by his wife of eight years, Laura W. Adkins; three sons, David B. Adkins and wife, Joyce, of Aiken, S.C., Barry D. Adkins and wife, Betty, of Shelby and Chris Adkins and wife, Aleeta, of Shelby; stepson, Kenneth Hill of Danville, Va.; seven grandchildren, Melissa, Brandon, Brittany, Brad, Bryan, Kyle and Shane; and two great-grandchildren, Savannah and Justin.
Visitation: The family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home.
Graveside Service: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m., Sandy Plains Baptist Church, with military rites
Officiated by: The Rev. Garin Hill
At all other times, the family will be at Mr. Adkins' home, 1102 Mooresboro Road.
Memorials: Shriner's Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605
Funeral home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory
Online guest registry: www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com