Mr. Leslie "Bud" Haynes Adkins, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at his home in Benton.
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He was born Dec. 29, 1932, in Vine Grove. He attended high school at Vine Grove High School. After high school, he attended Fort Wayne Indiana Technical School and graduated from University of Kentucky with an engineering degree.
He was on active duty in Germany during the Korean War and later in the National Guard. He worked as a mechanical engineer for the government in Fort Belvoir, Va. and Bluegrass Army Depot in Avon and then in Huntington, Ala. He helped design the first unmanned drone.
Bud was a man of deep faith. He attended First United Methodist Church and was the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Chaplin, lodge No. 2707. He touched many people with his compassion, strength, faith and sense of humor. He could brighten any room with his smile and laughter. He guided his children and always gave them his love, support and encouragement. He inspired many with his battle against heart disease and cancer. He was a real fighter with the love of his wife and family giving him the desire to live and his faith giving him the patience to accept what God brought him. He amazed all his doctors and was a favorite of the nurses.
He was preceded in death by his mom, Ernestine (Smith); his dad Kenneth; two brothers, Donnie and Jimmy; and a sister, Bobbie Lou.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Marion Edmonson Adkins of Benton; their love was amazing and strong; his children who loved him dearly, four sons, Leslie of Lexington, Mark (Marceline) of Nicholsville, Kevin (Melissa) of Monticello and Gary (Beth) of Owensboro; and a daughter, Karin of Louisville. He was loving Papa to five grandkids, Vince, Trevor, Zachary, Brittany and Ryan; and four great-grandkids, Juniper, Cash, Moira and Tabor. They all gave Bud great pleasure and joy. He also is survived by his brother, Bill Adkins of Frankfort.
A celebration of life service is at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at First United Methodist Church in Benton with the Rev. David Atkinson officiating.
Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Collier Funeral Home in Benton and continues at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions can be made to Helping Hands Food Bank, c/o First United Methodist Church, 845 U.S. 641 Spur, Benton, KY 42025 or to Lourdes Hospice, 911 Joe Clifton Drive, Paducah, KY 42001.
Published in The News-Enterprise on Dec. 6, 2012