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William David Adkins Sr., 74, Charlotte Hall

William David Adkins Sr., 74, of Charlotte Hall died Jan. 7, 2013, at home.

Born Nov. 20, 1938, in Middlesboro, Ky., he was the son of the late Herbert T. Adkins and the late Rosetta Rowlette Adkins.

Mr. Adkins was retired from the U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard. He served in the U.S. Army during the Cold War and was stationed in Germany, where he worked in radio communications. He then joined the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was instrumental in the development and change of the communications systems from radio to computer. During his career, he was stationed in Galveston, Texas, Washington, D.C., Mount Edgecombe, Alaska, and Sitka, Alaska. He developed a particular fondness for Alaska. He retired from the military as a chief petty officer in October 1980. He and his family then moved to Lancaster, Va., and then to Knoxville, Tenn.

While in Tennessee, he worked for Associated Laboratories, conducting oil analyses on large machinery and radon testing. He retired as a maintenance contractor for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and Sports Corp. in Knoxville. In 2006, he and his wife moved to Charlotte Hall.

He liked to cook barbecue and gamble with his sister-in-law, Connie. He never met a stranger, a piece of wood he could not work with or a fish he did not want to catch. He was rarely alone, always accompanied by his faithful border collie, Buddy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Edward Atkins; and sister, Helen Ayers Gunderson.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Helen Sisk and her husband Eddie, Wanda King and her husband Anthony, William David Jr., Robin Jones and her husband Ron and Yvonne Matthews and her husband Danny; stepchildren, Craig Crotts and his wife Wendy, Cindy Bryant, Kim Pinkard, Kelly Oliver and her husband Gary and Kristy McAndrew and her fiance Chuck Bowling; 17 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

A gathering will be held from noon until time of memorial service at 1 p.m. Jan. 11 at Raymond Funeral Service, La Plata. Burial will be private.

Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Jones, Morgan Oliver, Victoria King, Chuck Bowling, Gary Oliver and Mike Payne.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or at

Arrangements are being handled by Raymond Funeral Service.