Jimmie Ray Adkins Sr. was born July 17, 1942, to M.L. Adkins Sr. and Effie Mae Moore in Jackson, Mississippi. He was the fourth of five children from his parents. He was raised in Mississippi and at a very young age he took a liking to working with his hands.
He loved construction and the mechanical fields. His work ethic was impeccable and expanded over six decades. Once he retired from working in the factories, he focused on the things he really liked doing. Anybody that knew him was aware of the fact that he could fix about anything on a car or a house. He loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He never met a stranger. Over the years he took many families into his home and helped them get back on their feet.
In his early life Jimmie was raised around farms and loved cars, and heavy equipment. He would tell stories about the hard work it required to work on those farms like picking cotton and growing food to eat with his family. He gravitated toward his grandfather Papa Moore in Jackson, Mississippi who was a foreman for the Irby Construction Company. He started working with his grandfather at Irby construction as a teenager. Jimmie assisted in constructing utility poles all over the United States while working for Irby.
He later settled in Bluffton, Indiana. This is where he started his manufacturing career. He worked for Corning Glass Works for 14 years in Bluffton until the factory closed. Prior to the plant closing Jimmie relocated to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1977. He worked for the Bluffton Rubber Company in Churubusco, Indiana and retired in 2000. He came out of retirement and started working for Anthony Wayne Services. He really enjoyed his career there because he was helping people with special needs, and he had a captive audience to listen to the many stories he told.
Jimmie retired at the ripe age of 62. Prior to retirement he met his wife Shirley (Kizer) Adkins of 20 years. They spent a lot of time together at church and traveling. Jimmy rededicated his life to the Lord during their time together and was known to support the church as much as he did the community. They moved to Tampa, Florida for two years and then returned to Fort Wayne until the end of his days.
He leaves to cherish his memories: wife, Shirley Adkins; three sons, Jimmie Ray Adkins Jr. of Louisville, KY, Jerome (LaChelle) of Stockbridge, GA, and Armon Kizer of Fort Wayne IN; four daughters, Makayla Kizer of Fort Wayne, Evelyn Lewis of Byram, MS, Lucia of Tampa, FL, Mia Adkins of Louisville, KY; stepson, Lonnell Kizer; stepdaughter, Sydney Wilson; other children, Lajuana Dunbar, and Kreen Trice. Twenty-six grandchildren, Michael C Lewis Jr., Andrew Adkins, Jimmie Ray (Claudia) Adkins III, Gabrielle Adkins, Jerome Brenndon (Yvonne) Adkins, Taylor Adkins, Naihla Bunton, Christian Hale-Adkins, Ashley Adkins, Justice Williams, Jonathan (Karimah) Adkins, Alexandria Adkins, Jayvon Adkins, Mackenzie Adkins, Victoria Adkins, Tiffany Curtis, Elisabeth Adkins, Olivia Adkins, Gabriel Brewer, Emmanuel Curtis, Danielle Adkins, Jeremiah Adkins, Joshua Adkins, Jordan Adkins, Faith Adkins, and Hope Adkins, nine great-grandchildren, Arianna Adkins, Jerome Brenndon Adkins II, Alani Adkins, Dynasty Bolden, Simone Adkins, Samson Adkins, August Adkins, Adam Leo Yimaj Sigh, Zion St Fleur; one brother Milton (Bernice) Adkins of Homewood, IL; two sisters, Nancy Johnson of Jackson, Mississippi, and Gloria (Edward) Griffin of Hammond, LA.
He was preceded in death by his father, M.L. Adkins Sr., stepfather, Tommy Green; mother, Effie Mae (Moore) Green; brother M.L. Adkins Jr.; special son, Mark Dunbar and grandson, Antoine Adkins.
Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery.
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