Doug Adkins, 94, of Borger, passed away, Monday, September 3, 2012.
Eddie Douglas Adkins was born Sunday, August 4, 1918 in Thalia, TX to Cappie and Georgie (Huntley) Adkins where he was raised on a cotton farm. After college, Doug taught school for one year and then accepted a coaching and principal position at Draw-Redwine, near Tahoka. Doug served his country in World War II and was captured by Germans during the invasion of mainland Italy at Salerno. After 19 months of captivity, the POW camp was liberated by the Russians on April 14, 1945. Discharged as a sergeant with two Bronze Battle Stars, Doug came to Phillips, TX, as assistant principal of the high school teaching Civics and English. Later he became principal of the grade school until retirement in 1984, having served 43 years in education. Doug married Wanda Rawls on May 30, 1948, in Lubbock, TX, and shared over 63 wonderful years dedicated to each other.
Doug was a Christian and faithfully served his Lord as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and choir member. His Christian faith was the bedrock of his life. He served his communities as past president of Palo Duro Baptist Brotherhood, Panhandle School Leaders Association, Lions Club, Hutchinson County Red Cross, Borger Pony League Baseball, and Hutchinson County Retired School Personnel. He was raised as a Master Mason on July 9, 1942. He was a member of the Unity Lodge 1242. His greatest joys were his wife, family, and serving anyone in need, particularly children. He and Wanda delivered Meals on Wheels for nearly 20 years. He loved to laugh and tell stories, often to Wandaâ€™s chagrin! He was a dedicated fan of the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, Phillips Blackhawks, and every team his grandchildren played on.
Mr. Adkins is preceded in death by his parents; his sweet wife, Wanda, on April 8, 2012; two brothers, Houston Adkins and James Adkins; and his beloved grandson, Joel Douglas Adkins.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Adkins and wife, Barbara of Fritch, TX and Robin Adkins and wife, Valerie of Amarillo, TX; one daughter, Marion Kindy and husband, Danny of Fritch, TX; one sister, Mary Matthews of Pflugerville, TX; six grandchildren: Jason Adkins of Borger, Stacey Adkins of Lubbock, Kyle Kindy and wife, Kristi, of Borger, Scott Kindy and wife, Nicole, of Amarillo, Audrey Owens and husband, Johnny, of San Marcos, and Kimberly Adkins of San Marcos; twelve great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM, Thursday, September 6, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Borger, TX, with Pastor Steve Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Westlawn Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Adkins will lie in state at Brown Chapel Of The Fountains in Borger, TX on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 and Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 8:00AM to 8:00PM and Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 8:00AM to 12:00PM.
Memorials may be made to: Joel Douglas Adkins Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Frank Phillips College Advancement, PO Box 5118, Borger, TX 79008-5118 or Houston H. Adkins Scholarship Fund, Office of Advancement, Dallas Baptist University, 3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211-6700.
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