William “Bill” Adkins Jr., 75, of Grafton, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Keystone Pointe, LaGrange after a lengthy illness. Bill was born on July 15, 1937 in Logan West Virginia and has lived in Grafton for the past 14 years. He had previously lived in Oberlin and North Ridgeville.
Bill was the owner/operator of Adkins Trucking Company for 45 years, retiring in 2006. Mr. Adkins served in the US Army 1955-1958 and was a member of the AMVETS Post 32 in Elyria. Driving a semi was not just a job for Bill, he truly enjoyed it. He was also a lover of good Bluegrass music and NASCAR, following the #3 car of Dale Earnhardt and most recently the #8 car of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Lucille (nee Dotson); sons Gary (Dawn) Adkins of Kentucky, Glenn Adkins of Elyria,Gerald Adkins of Grafton, Gene (Jessica) of Elyria; daughter, Michele Stephens of Elyria; daughter-in-law, Barb Adkins of Grafton; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother Roger (Barb) Adkins of Homerville; sisters, Nettie Lambert of West Virginia, Faye (Howard) Franklin of Kentucky, Sue (Bill) Bailey of Richfield and Ruby (Harold) Bailey of West Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Sr. and Alma (nee Ramey) Adkins; son, Gregory Adkins; brothers, James and Bill Adkins and sisters, Jean Wade and Cleo Simpson.
Family will receive friends in the Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 5 to 8 P.M. where service will be held on Wednesday, June 26 at 11 A.M. Interment will follow in Butternut Ridge Cemetery, Eaton Township.