He was born July 6, 1939, in Harold, the son of the late Garfield Adkins and Flora Tackett Adkins Conn. He was a retired sales representative for Rus Rental Corporation, and a present employee of Hall Funeral Home, in Martin. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Martin, and an U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Pat; one daughter, Debbie Lynn (Gary) Wells; two grandsons: Austin James Wells and Jarod Lee Wells, all of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; four brothers: John (Nova) Adkins of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Richard Conn of Prestonsburg, Jerry Garfield (Jean) Adkins of Regina, and Roger Greer of Pikeville; four sisters: Janice (Norris) Salisbury of Warsaw, Indiana, Kathy (Ernie) Dudleson of Stanton, Beth Ann (Ben) Mullins of Printer, Shirley Adkins (Kenny) Buck of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and sister and brother-in-law, Aggie and Dave Goodrich of Bellefontaine, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Larry Adkins and Phillip Conn.
Funeral services for James Edward Adkins will be conducted Thursday, August 25, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, with Clergyman Ted Shannon officiating.
Burial will follow in the Salisbury Cemetery, in Hunter, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.
Visitation is at the funeral home.