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Wendell Lloyd Adkins, Jr.

June 16, 1938 September 23, 2019
Wendell Lloyd Adkins, Jr.
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Obituary for Wendell Lloyd Adkins, Jr.

A wonderful human soul, Wendell Lloyd Adkins Jr., 81, of Axton Virginia left this earth on September 23rd, 2019 to seek new adventures.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wendell Lloyd Adkins Sr. and his mother, Lena L. Adkins; and by his beloved first wife, Alice Sobotka Adkins.

He left behind a family much influenced by his kindness and loving nature. He was loved and cherished by his best friend, wife and partner, Donna Elkins Adkins of the home. He is also survived by his sons, Wendell Lloyd Adkins III and his lady Aned M. Ruiz of Bowie, MD, John Jessup Adkins of Alexandria VA, and Wade Everette Adkins of Las Vegas, NV; his step-sons, Michael P. McEwen and Christopher W. McEwen and his lady Elise Underwood; grandchildren, Victor McEwen of Axton VA, Alexandria Underwood, Autumn M. McEwen, and Jacob C. McEwen of Virginia Beach VA. He is also survived by his brother, Walter E. and wife, Amy Adkins of New Market, VA; sister, Patricia Adkins Guthrie and husband Donald L. of Manassas, VA; and nieces and nephews.

He attended Mount Vernon High School in Fairfax County VA and was elected Student Government President his senior year. After graduating with honors, he attended George Washington University with a full academic scholarship. He achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and worked as an actor, performing at various venues including Arena Stage in Washington DC.

With the advent of family life he moved from acting and pursued jobs in the building trade, before starting his own consulting business. He helped in the formation of Head Start, before becoming a management consultant on Head Start programs throughout the country in cities, rural areas, and on Native American reservations until his retirement at age 70.

He was a true renaissance man. He played guitar, harmonica, and had a smooth smokey voice that delighted everyone from children to older adults whenever he performed. He was a carver and whittler, keeping any number of knives in his pockets just in case he came across a piece of wood in need of his skills. He painted, sculpted, and wood burned pieces of art for the arts and crafts business that he shared with his wife Donna.

His wise, loving, and gentle soul will be sorely missed by all who met, knew, and loved him.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory is serving the Adkins family. Online condolences may be made at

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