ELDER RUSSELL DALE "BUCK" ADKINS, of Sweetland, W.Va., born September 11, 1925, went to be with the Lord October 11, 2016, at ninety-one years and one month of age. Up country hollows, down curvy roads he trod, this little country boy chosen of God. Armed with a Bible and away he went, to carry God's Message he truly was sent. His labor is finished; his pain is no more; he's gone on to Heaven to meet those by the shore. Those awaiting his arrival were his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; his wife of sixty-seven years, Victoria Adkins; his two sons, James Russell and Bobby Dale Adkins; his parents, Lucian and Rosa Adkins; brothers, Earnest, Ira, Carl, Carson, Bruce and Jimmy; his sisters, Dessie Lovejoy and Midge Curry. Those left behind to mourn his passing are his daughter, Mona Snodgrass and her husband Donald, their two sons Greg Snodgrass and wife Mary and Rodney Snodgrass; his great-granddaughters, Kirsten and Morgan Snodgrass; one sister, Gertie McCain; two brothers, Kenneth and George Adkins. He was a very proud U.S. Army WWII veteran, serving his country in South Pacific and New Guinea as an amphibious engineer making the invasion landings. "Preacher Buck" began his Christian ministry by being a member of the Ethel United Baptist Church, taking membership April 27, 1947. He began his ministry with the Bethleham Association on April 4, 1951, when he was ordained. He was the oldest minister of the Association. During his ministry, he pastored fourteen churches while holding revivals throughout the Tri-State and working a public job with Columbia Gas, from which he retired with thirty years of service. He conducted over 1,700 funeral services, of which sixty-eight were his fellow ministers. He held countless revivals, baptisms and marriages. He loved working with the Lincoln County Nursing Home. He received great joy by visiting the residents, holding church services for them and a yearly revival for twenty-five years. Although my mother was timid, she led dad to Christ and he served his Lord faithfully. One person can make a difference. He purchased land and created a cemetery for his community for those that couldn't afford burial. He and Jerry Swanson made monuments for the residents of the nursing home that had no family because he said, "They are precious to God." When I was young I used to get upset because he always carried candy for everyone he met. I know now it wasn't the candy, but he was showing them his love for them from a pure heart. He never spoke ill of anyone and was quick to correct me when I got out of line, but never with a hand. The speech I would get cut like a knife. Dad had an unmatchable love for his Savior and his family. It was always about God and us and never himself. Dad's greatest pride was his grandchildren. His seat will always be empty, but he loved everyone. Both mom and dad loved company; you never left without eating. A lot of the special people they adopted into our small family have gone on, but some of those that remain are Lonnie Keenan, Barbara Meade, Donnie Davis, Danny and Charlene Dailey, Shane Koontz, Wilford Plumley and Lisa McGrady. A special thank you to a group of the most amazing people I've ever met, Preferred Home Health, Barney Goins, Maura Williams, Will Miller and Becky Sexton. You were God-sent and he loved you. Our hearts are breaking but we kept every promise except not to cry. A special thank you to Donnie and Sonja Howell for volunteering to go to Columbus, Ohio, to bring our girls home. As dad was leaving he lifted those thin little feeble arms up to Heaven. I don't know what he saw, but we know where he went. He truly "fought a good fight and he kept the faith." We loved you deeply, and as you told mom, it's not goodbye; it's good night; we will see you in the morning. I know you can't come to us, but dad, I will come to you. Your children, Mona, Donald, Greg, Mary, Rodney, Kirsten and Morgan Snodgrass. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Ethel United Baptist Church, Scary Creek Road, Sweetland, W.Va., with Don Davis, Elder Danny Dailey and Elder Barney Goins officiating. Interment will follow in Miller Cemetery, Sweetland, W.Va., with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #111. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2016, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, W.Va.
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