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    Thursday, March 10 2022
    Merle Thayer Adkins

    Posted by: Clarke and Staples Funeral Homes AT 09:12 pm   |  Permalink   |  14 Comments  |  Email
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Merle was a fine gentleman. Prayers for comfort and understanding. Blessings Betsy
    Posted by Betsy Newcomb Long on 03/12/2022 - 06:57 AM
    So sorry to hear of Merle's passing. He will be missed by many. Prayers for God's hands of comfort to all the family.
    Posted by Dianne Brooks on 03/12/2022 - 10:07 AM
    Thelma: I was so sorry to learn of Merle's death. You are in my thoughts. May God be with you and all of his family in the months ahead without him. Love you so much.
    Posted by Barbara Hudson on 03/12/2022 - 10:09 AM
    I am so sorry for your loss. He will be truly missed. He took such good care of my Aunt Thelma and they had such a good life together.
    Posted by Tracy Rutledge on 03/12/2022 - 10:44 AM
    Sending my love and prayers to the family.
    Posted by Dorothy Wallace on 03/12/2022 - 02:54 PM
    My dearest T wow this has been a shock for me . Your Dad was and will always be a very very special person in my life . Hope he has already met with my dad and brother and are having a drink . RIP my dear Merl.
    Posted by Esther Quesada on 03/12/2022 - 03:53 PM
    Querido T no sabes cuanto lamento la partida de Merl. Fue un gran amigo . Que descanse en paz .
    Posted by Amelia Quesada on 03/12/2022 - 03:57 PM
    Merle is finally at rest after a long hard health struggle. I now pray for Thelma and Merle's family as they grieve and try to go on without his presence. Your good memories will live on, and time and many prayers will help you find peace and strength. God bless you. Agnes
    Posted by Agnes Inge Carter on 03/12/2022 - 06:11 PM
    Our thoughts and prayers of sympathy to Thelma as well as the rest of the family. May you find comfort that he is now peacefully resting until you meet again. He was a fine country gentleman!
    Posted by Nancy & Everett Pennington on 03/13/2022 - 04:30 PM
    Merle will always be remembered as a kind hearted, volleyball player who was a fantastic dad. He always had a smile on his face and was very congenial. He was very inviting and opened his arms and house to everyone. You will be missed by so many. Jane Briggs Strigler and Bob Strigler
    Posted by Jane Strigler on 03/13/2022 - 05:24 PM
    Thelma and family so sorry to hear for your loss of Merle. I know what a struggle the last few years was for both of you. Merle will be missed by many. Prayers and comfort for all of you during this difficult time.
    Posted by ANN MOORE on 03/13/2022 - 06:46 PM
    Dear Thelma, my sincere sympathy in your great loss. God bless and comfort you in the days ahead.
    Posted by Jackie B. Conner on 03/14/2022 - 04:45 PM
    Sincere condolences to Susan and Thayer on the recent death of your father. May God bring you the peace that passes all understanding! Kristi joins me in sending love and prayers your way!❤️🙏🏻 Brenda Wolff
    Posted by Brenda Wolff on 03/14/2022 - 10:58 PM
    Dear Thelma, I am sorry to learn of Merle's passing. I enjoyed working with Merle in tobacco sales and have nice memories of spending time at your home with both you and Merle. Take care of yourself. Chaffraix Lelong
    Posted by Chaf Lelong on 04/17/2022 - 02:33 PM

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    Merle Thayer Adkins III of Kenbridge Va died at his home surrounded by family on March 10, 2022.  He was born  February 7, 1941 in Durham, NC to the late Louise Mason Adkins and Merle Thayer Adkins II.

    Merle grew up in Durham NC and was a graduate of Durham High School and Campbell College. He began his career working for American Tobacco Co, then for American Cigar and finished his career as President of Imperial Processing Corporation in Kenbridge Va.  As a tobacconist, his travels took him to many places around the world.  During retirement, he enjoyed his beloved farm (Oak Forest), golfing, traveling and being with family and friends.

    He is survived by his wife and best friend, Thelma Rutledge Adkins; his sister, Frances (Bill) Gay of St. Louis, MO ; daughter, Susan (Lee) Jaynes and a son, Merle Thayer (Lyn) Adkins IV both of Raleigh, NC; step sons Michael (Joan) Gentry and the late Jefferey Gentry. He was the proud grandfather of Caroline Adkins, Ren Adkins and Drew Jaynes; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins who meant the world to him.

    The family would like to express thanks to his caregivers and nurses - especially his nurse angels, Karen Griffin and Kaye Bagley.

    Please consider a memorial donation to: Lunenburg Health Service, PO Box 121,  Victoria VA. 23974 or Kenbridge Baptist Church, PO Box  445 Kenbridge, VA  29344.

    The service, through Clarke Funeral Home, will take place on Monday, March 14th at Kenbridge Baptist Church, Kenbridge VA.   Visitation is at 1pm with funeral service starting at 2pm.  Reception to follow at the church.   Burial will be private.


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