ADKINS, Effie Joe Holloway Jo Adkins, 98, of Beeville, who was a longtime supporter of causes to benefit her community and South Texas, passed away Oct. 12, 2016. A true student and champion of her world. She was born in Donna, TX in 1917 and attended Texas State College for Women (Now TWU), where she received a B.S. in Vocational Home Economics in 1939. She came to Beeville to teach school that fall and, after meeting Walter Teal Adkins, married him on Dec. 1, 1939. He preceded her in death (2004). Mrs. Adkins has had a long history of civic involvement, of which she woul say the designation of Padre Island a National Seashore was her greatest achievement. It was her work and 18 page paper on the Seashore, that both the Secretary of the Interior and its director called "a [rare] practical, well-reasoned argument for park preservation" and that its many "impressive facts [were] eloquently and effectively [presented] [and] have summarized the case for the PAIS better than anyone else has ever done" . It was read into the Congressional Record. And in 1965 the park opened. Her memberships, past and/or present, include: First Presbyterian Church, in which she has been chairman of the finance committee for the South Texas Presbytery in Women 's Work, and for 2 years, chairman of World Missions. Retired Teachers Association, after teaching 12 years in the Beeville public schools, the last eight as head of the high school home economics department; and she received a life membership from the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers in recognition of her work as local past president. Rosetta Club, which she has served as Conservation Chairman, and also was state Conservation Chairman of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs. Her work there led Gov. Price Daniel to appoint her to the Padre Island Study Commission and the State Water Commission. The Rosetta Club named her outstanding clubwoman in 1984, and now she is lifetime honorary member. Her biography was already included in the book Texas Women of Distinction the early 60's Civic Music Association and its successor, Community Concerts Association, in which she has led successful membership campaigns, bringing top performing classical musicians to Beeville. United Clubs Youth Council, which she organized and served as president for three years, during which time the funds were raised to erect the Beeville Youth Center as a recreational facility for teens in 1948. Bee County Historical Commission, and the Genealogical Society, where she worked preserving family history. Beeville Art Association, which she served as president for several years and during her tenure, worked with Beeville native Dr. Joe Barnhart of Houston to secure a home for the Beeville Art Museum and worked to acquire an endowment fund of $100,000 to underwrite future expenses on the bldg., and another endowment fund to set up educational programs. Beeville Garden Club, Texas and International Palm Societies, North American Butterfly Association, Corpus Christi Botanical Society (charter member). A Texas Ornithological Society charter member and founder, she continues the tradition of active birding even into her 90's. At age 89, she went on a birding and butterfly trip to Trinidad in 2007. Her life and story are an inspiration for TOS members. Keenly interested conservation, she has led efforts to save the golden eagle, Harris's hawk and Attwater prairie chicken. She also is a member of the Nature Conservancy , Audubon Society Wildflower Nature Center, and the Sierra Club. In 1994, she was chosen by the Victoria Advocate/University of Houston as one of eight outstanding "South Texas Women." Led the restoration of an old mansion in 2000 preserving the treasures it contained, and making it available to the public. "The Goliad (Co.) Mansion" offers tours to this day. In 2014 she was given "The Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Bee County Chamber of Commerce, for her service. Also preceding her in death were her beloved parents, Effie and Joe Holloway, her brother Donald Scott Holloway , and her son-in-law Samuel David Holloway, Sr. She is survived by her son Joseph Scott Adkins, Sr. and wife Dara (Dean) of Canyon Lake, son Thomas O'Teal Adkins and wife Tinka (Mayfield) of Austin, daughter Joan Claire Reilly (widow of Sam) of Beeville , her grandchildren, Joseph Scott Adkins, Jr., wife Nicole ; Austin Dean Adkins, wife Kaylie; Zachary O'Teal Adkins, Alexis Claire (Reilly) Bledsoe, husband Will; Samuel David Reilly, Jr., wife Morgan; Catherine Heard (Reilly) Kulak, husband John; and 8 great-- grandchildren; her loving sister Mary Holloway Wood; and numerous loving and devoted nieces and nephews Visitation is Oct.16th at Galloway & Sons Beeville, TX 5-7P Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Beeville, TX at 4 o'clock on Monday Oct. 17th.
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