Emma Jean Adkins, 89, of Lebanon, died Friday morning, Jan. 12, 2018, at Lebanon North Nursing & Rehabilitation.
She was born Oct. 28, 1928, in Lebanon, Mo. to Lloyd and Beatrice Sharp Bennett.
On Aug. 19, 1950, she married Gilbert G. Adkins Sr.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gib; three sisters, Florene Johnson, Rosalie McCrory and Betty Cook; two brothers, Estel Bennett, Verdon Bennett, and one grandson, Jared Hilton.
Emma Jean was born and raised in the Lebanon area. Her family lineage dates back to the 1700’s to descendants of the American Revolution. She was also a member of the Bennett family that sold Bennett Spring to the state of Missouri.
She attended Lebanon High School and graduated in 1946 and went to work at the Rice Stix factory as a telephone operator. Following her marriage to Gib, she was active in all aspects of the family business including being property manager for their rental properties and bookkeeper for their auto body repair shop and used car business in the Lebanon area.
She professed her faith at a young age and was an 80-plus member of First Baptist Church of Lebanon. She had a profound faith in Christ and was very active in different groups with the church.
Survivors include two sons, Gib Adkins and his wife, Angie, of Lebanon, and Tim Adkins, of Lebanon; six grandchildren, Myranda, Brittanie, Emily, Andrew, Nicholas and Alexander; seven great-grandchildren, Quentin, Lyla, Charlotte, Wyatt, Betty, Sloane, and Skylar; four sisters-in-law, Helen Adkins, of Lebanon; Mary Van Stavern, of Lebanon; Katherine Jenkins, of Lebanon, and Nadine Newman, of Camdenton; several nieces and nephews, and a special nephew, Mike Cook.
Funeral services for Emma Jean Adkins will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Lebanon with the Rev. Matt Taylor and the Rev. Gary Longenecker officiating, and Gib Adkins, speaker.
Burial will be in Mount Rose Memorial Park, under the care and direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon.
Visitation was scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.
Memorial donations to First Baptist Church in Lebanon may be made through the funeral home.
For more information or to view or sign the online memorial, visit www.holmanhowe.com.


The Lebanon Daily Record

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