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Arthur Adkins

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Arthur Adkins Arthur Adkins went off to Heaven October 10, 2011. He was born July 6, 1921 in Houston, TX and passed away at the age of 90 in The Woodlands, TX. In high school, Arthur's passion was being on the newspaper staff writing articles and contributing on the advertising and promotional side. While in high school, he met his soulmate, Zelda Hardin at a dance. When they were dating, he was on the Rice track team pole vaulting. Arthur was in the Army Air Corp, later renamed the Air Force. He and Zelda married before he went across seas and would be apart for three years. They wrote many love letters that kept them close during the difficult time of war. He took tests that enabled him to be a pilot and fly a C-47 troop carrier. As lead navigator of the 439th Troop Carrier Division, Arthur was one of the first U.S. soldiers into the area of five major invasions of Normandy, southern France, Italy, Holland and the breakthrough in the Rhineland. He had the first American plane to land in Norway, the day after the German surrender. While training in the States, Arthur acquired five pairs of wings, including those of pilot, navigator, aerial gunner, glider pilot and aerial observer. After WWII, Arthur was at Sears and Roebuck for 25 years going from advertising and promotions manager to store manager until he retired and moved to Austin. His Sears career took him to Houston, El Paso, Tulsa, Fort Worth and Odessa. He also owned two businesses for many years: the House of Seat Covers/ Car Care Center at 10th and Lamar and a Goodyear tire store. Later, after all his children graduated, he and Zelda moved back to Houston. He was able to fill out a crossword puzzle, tell old war stories and remain the smartest person in any room he was in. Arthur celebrated his 90th birthday this past July with many relatives coming from all over the U.S. He told many stories about how he met the love of his life, Zelda, how they were able to get married while he was training in Chicasaw, Oklahoma along with many more, all with such clarity and humor. His message in all of his stories though, as well as in life was to get in God's plan. God has a great plan for all of us if we will pray and listen to Him and not just ask for requests. Arthur was a lifetime member of Rotary and an active member in the business community in Austin. He was also a deacon in Hyde Park Baptist and later in The Woodlands First Baptist Church. These last few years Arthur worked at Wal-Mart and enjoyed meeting and making new friends. He liked keeping his mind alert and sharp. He loved the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns and watching football with his family. Arthur is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Zelda Nell Adkins. He is survived by his second wife Lucy Adkins; daughter Sharon Castro and husband Jack; sons Art Adkins II and wife Denel, Gary Adkins and wife Sharon, Bobby Adkins and wife Gloria; grandchildren Angela and John Alvarez, Daniel Estrada, Deborah and Dan Shafer, Bryan and Jessica Adkins, Blair and Kim Adkins, Erin and Brian Henderson, Morgan and Marcel Uriarte, Dada and Jerry Louviere, Jonathan Adkins, Sierra Adkins and Pierce Adkins. A celebration of Arthur's life Is set for 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of The Woodlands, 11801 Grogans Mill, The Woodlands, Texas 77380. To sign the register book, or to offer your memories of Arthur to the family, please visit www.forestparkthewoodlands.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 13, 2011
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