Ronald D. Adkins (Sign Guestbook)

Ronald Dale Adkins, age 76, of Dandridge, Tennessee passed away peacefully at home on March 16, 2017. He was an Army veteran who was somewhat restricted by his disabilities later in life, but devoted his time to volunteerism. His volunteer activities included: Cape Coral little league, Babe Ruth baseball, Cape Coral High School Athletics, Edison Community College Athletics, church basketball, MDA youth camp bus driver and Sevier County food ministry. He founded the Timeless Traveling Treasures antique car club that raised funds for local athletics. His extensive volunteer work earned him recognition in the community. He was an avid fan of “THE” Ohio State Buckeyes and loved Nascar.

Ronald was born in Huntington, West Virginia. He is survived and dearly missed by his wife of 54 years Ellen Adkins; son, Kenneth Adkins and spouse Terry; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Shaffer and spouse Kenny; grandchildren, Courtney Bordeaux, Daulton Shaffer, McKenna Shaffer, James Adkins, Sara Adkins, Victoria Adkins, and Patrick Adkins; great-grandchildren, William Adkins and Penelope Adkins; brothers, Freddy Adkins, Paul Adkins and Charles Adkins; sister in law Cathy Powers and spouse Jerry as well as several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial and Graveside Service with Military Honors on Friday, March 31st at 11:30am at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. (2200 E. Gov. John Sevier Hwy 168 Knoxville, TN 37920) In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to Smoky Mountain Children’s Home at  Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Adkins family and invites you to view and sign their online guestbook below.


17 guestbook entries for “Ronald D. Adkins”:

  1. Pamela McNutt says:

    Praying for comfort for you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

  2. Andrea Rogers says:

    I am sorry for your loss and am praying for your family.

  3. Jim and Kathi wollerman says:

    One of the greatest men I have ever had the honor of calling our friend. Rip my friend till we meet again. We will be there we love you all see you soon Jim and Kathi

  4. Sandra & Pierre Cheney says:

    Ellen, Ken and Beth: Pierre and I are so very saddened to hear of Ronnie’s passing, but heartened by the realization that he is now pain-free. Ron had such a great heart and I don’t think in the decades of knowing him I ever saw him angry, but instead, always joking and laughing. He will always be remembered fondly by the many, many kids in the Cape Coral sporting community. We hope you will be comforted with this knowledge. Sending our love…

  5. Pam Suttles says:

    So very sorry for your loss…Prayers for the family.

  6. Dottie Besonen Columbus Ohio says:

    So very sorry for your loss, Ronnie was a wonderful man, made everyone around him smile and laugh…He will be missed…

  7. Katharyn Way says:

    You all are in my prayers. So sorry for your loss.

  8. Ramona Adkins says:

    Ronnie never met a person he couldn’t talk to about anything and everything. I hope God has a lot of time to listen. Rest now until we see you again. Prayers and comfort to Mom, Beth, Ken and everyone else who will miss him daily as we will.

  9. Vickie Adkins Brock says:

    My Deepest Sympathy to Ronnie’s family he was the nicest person you would ever want to know. A special cousin to me and I am sorry to have heard of his passing. I wish I could be there but my Husband has eye surgery this same day. We are sending our love and Prayers to the family. He will be missed, until we meet again Ronnie Rest In Peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Martha Rhea says:

    Praying for the arms of Christ to wrap around Ellen, Ken & Elizabeth, to know that Ron was a cherished possession of His, and he was used to bless so many. I remember the hours spent at the Cape Coral little league field now called Verdow, and Babe Ruth not just to teach and play but to work and build. I know Russ will be waiting at the gate, along with the Saints and Angels to welcome him home, where there is no pain, or tears, or sorrow. Asking God to comfort you and give you all peace. From the Rhea Family

  11. Amanda Gregory says:

    I love and will miss you Uncle Ronnie. We may have not seen each other much since I moved from Florida but I will never forget those days swimming in your pool or going to auctions every night. You were a man that let nothing stand in his way of what he wanted to do and helped so many people along the way. You will be missed by many.

  12. Michael L. Adkins says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all during this time. I wish I had known Ronnie was as close to me here in N Ft Myers prior to his relocation north, I would have visited him for sure. Know this, he has true happiness now and the best health as well.
    I am Hilton L. Adkins’ son. We get fewer and fewer. Love and live well.

  13. teresa lacey says:

    He will be missed.

  14. Janice Brown says:

    Thinking & praying for you and your family during this difficult time. I want you to know I’m here for anything you may need.

  15. Dan Jones says:

    I was one of the many nurses who helped take care for Ron over the years, and am grateful to have had the honor and privilege of getting to know him; He probably did more for us (the nurses) that took care of him than we ever possibly did for him. He was not just a patient, but a friend and will sincerely be missed.

  16. RANDY ADKINS says:

    We lost one helluva man. We didnt know his pain over the last 50 years because he would never complain. He would say dont worry about me I’ll be alright. Always there to lend a helping hand, inspiration to everyone he met. His love for kids and his condition should have put him on the md telethon right beside Jerry Lewis. Glad we came down when we did 3 weeks ago. As we hugged in the parking lot at perkins to say goodbye I got to tell him thanks for all him and Ellen done for me in life and I loved him. You turned my life around when I was a troubled teenager. The memories of the time I spent living in your home the lawn service and nights at the ball fields will live forever. Take care we love you all! Love Randy, Debbie, Lee, Tiffany and Andrew. Love you Uncle Ronnie rest in peace.

  17. Joe Horner says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and strength. I’m going to miss my buddy Ronnie, the best neighbor I’ve ever had. He was actually more than a neighbor, he taught me so much. Rest in peace my friend..

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