Wandall Emmitt Adkins
Frederick, Md - Wandall Emmitt Adkins "Emmitt", 88, most recently of Frederick, MD, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2021 at home surrounded by his family, following an extended battle with dementia.
Emmitt was born February 9, 1933 in West Hamlin, WV. He was the eighth of thirteen children of the late Hubert and Ida Adkins.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Joyce Adkins; four children Melody Wells (Anthony), Sherri Noble (Joel), Steven Adkins (Amy), and Benita Casto (Jeff); eleven grandchildren Marcie (Dan), Michelle (Andrew), Lucas, Joseff, Isabel, Joshua, Eleisha, Tabitha, Joy, Jonathan, and Hannah; one great-grandchild Charlotte; and five siblings Ouida Sansom (Ernie), Nina Hazlett, Don Adkins, Larry Adkins (Nellie), and Hubert "Junior" Adkins (Judy). He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law, and extended family.
In addition to his parents, Emmitt was preceded in death by his siblings Clarine Brewer, Bethel Adkins, Ralph Adkins, Earl Adkins, Darrell Adkins, William Herbert "Oakie" Adkins, and Lawrence Adkins; as well as his father and mother-in-law, Wilburn and Verda Lucas.
Emmitt spent his early days in West Hamlin, WV along with his twelve brothers and sisters. He served four years in the United States Navy during the Korean War. The naval destroyer he served on, the USS Carpenter, patrolled the Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands as the first hydrogen bomb, Ivy Mike, was being tested. He also batted clean up on his ship's baseball team as they played other countries' teams around the world.
After returning from the Navy, he met the love of his life, Joyce, while attending a church service. They were married in 1957 and had four children, of whom he was very proud. After marriage, the couple moved to Ripley, WV, and subsequently resided in Cottageville, WV for 56 years. Emmitt worked at Kaiser Aluminum (later Ravenswood Aluminum) for 39 years until his retirement. Meanwhile, Emmitt pastored various local churches and hosted the radio program "Back to God" on WMOV for 45 years (1967-2012). Before moving to Maryland to be closer to their children, Joyce and Emmitt attended Victory Church in Ripley.
Emmitt was a strong man of God who loved his family and friends. He was known for his outgoing, jovial nature—he was always quick to tell a joke ("Are you married or happy?") and share a laugh with everyone he encountered. He also was passionate about sharing his faith in Jesus. Many turned to him and Joyce for prayer or comfort and support during life's hardest times. Emmitt loved to visit the local hospitals and nursing homes to offer prayer and fellowship.
Emmitt was also known for his beautiful, booming bass voice. He loved southern gospel music and, when he was younger, was part of a gospel quartet called the Family Four alongside Joyce, her father and her brother, Harold Lucas. He later sang in the Gracemen Quartet and enjoyed singing in the Jackson County Senior Choir for many years.
A memorial service to celebrate Emmitt's life and legacy will be held at 2 pm, Friday, June 4th at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Visitation will be from 12:30 pm until the time of service. Masks and social distancing will be required. A graveside service, where all are welcome, will immediately follow at Jackson Memorial Gardens. Online memories and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com
Published on June 04, 2021