by Lawrence Messina
WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — Glen Heck Adkins, 94, of West Logan, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
Born July, 8, 1918, in Dunlow, a son of the late Fletcher and Florence Pack Adkins. Also preceding him in death was a brother Lewis (Erie) of Mud Fork; brother, Jay Adkins of West Logan; sister, Ruby (Howard) Napier of Huntington, and brother-in-law, Donald Keistler of Charlotte, N.C.
A 1936 graduate of Logan High School, Heck played professional baseball for 17 years. He spent four years in World War II, in the First Cavalry Division with two and a half years of service in Australia, New Guinea and the Phillipine Islands. Heck attended Tampa University of Florida graduating in 1956 with a Master’s degree. He taught 29 and one-half years in public school system of Hillsborough County, Tampa, Fla. Retiring in 1982, he continued working on houses and building furniture. In 1948 he married Lucretia Keistler and they have been together for 64 years. He was a member of Nighbert Memorial Methodist Church and the Crusaders Class
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Lucretia Adkins; sister-in-law, Nancy Adkins of West Logan; nephews, David (Arpril) Adkins of Chapmanville, and Mark (Connie) Adkins of Holden; nieces, Jay Anna (Charles) Ellis of West Logan, Maxine (Hank) Vernon of Huntington, Ruby (Don) Dingess of Parma, Ohio, and Arleen Keistler of Cornelius, N.C.; great-nephews, David Aaron (Savanna) Adkins of Mud Fork, Mark Wesley Adkins of Holden, Donald Hagley of Georgia, and Bradley Kidd and Brian Kidd, both of Ohio; great-niece, Kelly Ann (Mike) Aleshire of Chapmanville, and a great-grandniece, Lauren Grace Aleshire.
Services will be held at noon Saturday, June 15, at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tom Beckett officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be David Adkins, Mark Adkins, Charles Ellis, Wesley Adkins, John Reed and Mike Ratliff.
James Funeral Home of Aracoma is in charge of arrangements.
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