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James Kenneth Adkins

James Kenneth Adkins
  • February 8, 1929 - September 18, 2016
  • Corpus Christi, Texas

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J.K. "Ken" Adkins, 87, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2016. He was born on February 8, 1929 to Hubert and Eula Gay Adkins in Brady, Texas. Ken graduated from Laredo Martin High School in 1947 and later received his Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He was an outstanding athlete in high school, earning 11 letters in football, basketball and track for the Martin Tigers. He was especially proud of being one of the "Eleven Iron Men" in 1946. They were a legendary group that tied San Antonio Jefferson a state finalist 0-0 without making a substitution going both ways in the game. They then got the "Eleven Iron Men" name from the San Antonio Coach. Seven of the 11 received college athletic scholarships. He attended Texas Christian University his freshman year in college and started on the freshman football team. Ken later transferred to Southwestern University on a football scholarship where he played for three years eventually earning first team All Lone Star Conference honors as an offensive end in 1950. During college, Ken met and married the love of his life, Dorothy Mae Clark on April 8, 1950. Dot and Ken were blessed to spend 61 years together until her passing in 2011.
After graduation from college, Ken and Dot moved to El Campo, Texas where he worked in the family rice farming business for several years. He later accepted a position with Continental Oil Company in Houston, Texas in the production department. He was transferred to the Regional Production Department office in Corpus Christi, Texas where he served until his retirement in 1987. Ken worked a total of 39 years with the Continental Oil Company eventually rising to the position of Administrative Supervisor. After his retirement from Conoco, Ken continued to enjoy hunting, fishing and outdoor activities with his three sons, family members and friends. He enjoyed all sports and especially enjoyed watching his sons Clark, Steve and Gregg compete and excel in multiple sports in high school and college. His passion for deer hunting and simply being outdoors provided many opportunities to enjoy wildlife and making friends with others who had the same interests. The positive memories created by the many hunting and fishing trips over the years with his sons and grandsons are the topics of many family conversations even today and will never be forgotten. He was a wonderful husband, father, uncle and grandfather who served as a tremendous role model while raising expectations for all the family members. Not to be forgotten were his skills as a barbeque cook at family gatherings which made them all so special.
Ken was devoted to his wife, Dottie, his three sons, and 6 grandchildren and daughters-in-law who admired and loved him greatly. He was especially happy during the holidays when family members convened to eat, laugh, and enjoy being together. In addition to family activities, Ken was an active member and supporter of Grace Presbyterian Church for over 40 years. He was particularly proud of his wife's career in education which spanned 40 years for the CCISD. The new Dorothy Adkins Middle School, which opened in August 2015, is a testament to her career in education and has served to inspire family members, friends, and members of the community.
Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mae Adkins; his parents, Hubert and Eula Adkins; brother, Hubert Gay Adkins all of Laredo, Texas.
He is survived by his sons, Kenneth Clark (MaryJane) Adkins of Corpus Christi, Texas; Steve Adkins of Corpus Christi, Texas and Gregg (Kelli) Adkins of Friendswood, Texas. His grandchildren, Christopher (Beth) Adkins of Aliso Viejo, California; Kevin (Samantha) Adkins of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; Stephen Adkins and Haley Adkins of Corpus Christi, Texas; Clinton Adkins of Friendswood, Texas; and Lauren Adkins of Las Vegas, Nevada; niece, Melody (Mike) Morrisey of Oxford, Michigan and nephew, Mike (Charlene) Kondrat of Berkley, Michigan.
Pallbearers will be Chris Adkins, Kevin Adkins, Clinton Adkins, Stephen Adkins, Gregg Adkins, and Steve Adkins. An honorary pallbearer is Clark Adkins.
The family would like to thank Dr. Strauss, Dr. Nash, Dr. Mahmood, Dr. Armstrong and Angel Bright Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.