Ricky Adkins

Obituary of Ricky L. Adkins


Ricky L. Adkins

Of Lorado, WV

   Ricky L. Adkins, 64, of Lorado, went to his Heavenly home on Monday, September 30, 2019, leaving from his earthly home at Lorado, after a long, hard, courageous battle with cancer.

   He was born on May 19, 1955, at Logan, the son of Joann Hall Browning of Combs Addition and the late Kenneth Edward Adkins.

   In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Eileen Hall; step-father, Earl Browning; his step-father-in-law, James Evans; and great-niece, Jaci Mangus.

   Ricky was a 1973 graduate of Man High School where he played Hillbilly football.  After graduation, he went to SWVCC for two years before beginning his career as a heavy equipment operator.  He married the love of his life, Sandy Johnston, in 1976.  Out of their union was born three children.  His love of sports led him to coach Buddy League Basketball and Midget League Football before he was a father.  After his children were born he coached ASA Softball, grade school basketball, and for the Man Area Youth Softball League.  Rick was an avid Cleveland Browns and WVU football fan.  He loved to go on cruises and spent all of his extra time at camp.  Devoted to his family, Rick was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather.

   Those left to cherish his memory, in addition to his mother, are his wife of 43 years, Sandy Adkins; three children, Steven (Courtney) Adkins of Mallory, Brandi Compton of Man, and Matthew “Mokey” Adkins of Lorado; one sister, Kenna (Roger) Lee of Vinton, VA; six grandchildren, Alyssa Adkins of Morgantown, Kinlee Johnson of Mallory, Trinity and Kameron Compton, and Kason Adkins, all of Man, and one granddaughter due in November, Gabriella “Gabbi” Adkins of Mallory; a brother-in-law who was like a brother, Johnny Pruitt of Accoville; his mother-in-law, Betty Evans of Mallory; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Cookie (Johnny) Pruitt, Nickey (Penny) Johnston, Pam (Randy) Hendricks, Cristy (Duane) Estep, and Cindy (Gary) Hatfield; and many nieces and nephews along with a host of other relatives and friends.  

   Rick joined the human gift registry at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine where he hoped to advance the knowledge of curing cancer.

   The family wishes to thank Chiefs Bill Weese of Station 1200 and Joe Wimmer of Station 200 and all members for their help and support during Rick’s battle with cancer.

   A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man with Rev. Eddie Isom officiating. 

   Friends may gather with the family one hour prior to services.

   Online condolences may be sent to www.krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com

   Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.