James A. ‘Shorty’ Adkins

Died May 29, 2018


James A. “Shorty” Adkins, 81, of Luzerne passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Munson Grayling Hospital.

James was born in Dorton, Ky., on Feb. 11, 1937, a son of the late Joy (Greer) and Sidney Adkins. He moved to Michigan in 1955. He married Dorothy on Aug. 3, 1956, in Kent, Md. The couple lived in Ypsilanti, where Jim worked at the Ypsilanti Ford Parts Plant for 32 1/2 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member and committee rep for UAW Local 849. The couple retired to Luzerne in 1986. Jim was a former member of the Mio Moose Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, dune buggies, four-wheelers, camping, old cars (having owned a 1952 Ford “Flat Head”) and casinos.

James is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Luzerne; his children, Phillip (Tami) Adkins of Livonia and Deborah (Eugene) Allan of Holly; his grandchildren, Sean, Sara (Jacob), Dan, Sarah, Joe and Marie (Timmy); and his great-grandchildren, Hunter, Noah, Lucas, Andrew, Brynley and Owen. He is also survived by his siblings, Donnie, Ruby, Linda, Kenny, Samantha, Nina, Glen, Leon and Doug; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Nevel Adkins; his daughter, Diane; his brothers, Charles, Larry, Sidney, Cletus and Wayne; and his sister, Glinda.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 5-8 p.m. at the Lashley Funeral Home, Mio, and again Friday, June 1, from noon until the funeral service at 1 p.m. at Lashley Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Janiszewski officiating. Interment to follow at Luzerne Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Munson Manor in Traverse City. These arrangements were handled by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.


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