Oct. 9, 1937-April 15, 2018

Mr. Jimmy Allen Adkins, 80, and a long-time resident of Natchitoches, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Natchitoches.  He was born Oct. 9, 1937, to Herman and Sadie (Sherill) Adkins in Homer.

Jim went to Northwestern on a basketball scholarship and then joined the United States Army through the R.O.T.C program. He was a Captain when he completed his military service.  He obtained a Master’s Degree in Education + 31 hours.  He was a teacher and a coach and managed the Games Area at Northwestern.  An entrepreneur, he co-owned A&A Western Store before selling his portion to his friend and partner Corwyn Aldredge, then went on to own/operate Big Jim’s Short Stop Convenience Stores. Jim was involved in several other business ventures through the years.  Through all the many business opportunities he enjoyed, he also had a passion for fast pitch softball and was well known as “The Shooter.”  He was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason following in the footsteps of his beloved father-in-law T.L. Miller. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Jimmy, better known to most as Big Jim, was actively involved in the community for many years.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Linda Miller Adkins; and his parents.

He is survived by his children, Mark Adkins (Lanie) of Natchitoches, Michael Adkins of Natchitoches, Melinda Adkins Young (Tollie) of Orlando, Fla.; and a sister, Linda Gayle Adkins Shepherd (Johnny). He was blessed with seven grandchildren, Lindsay, Samuel, Christopher, Ariel, Hunter, Ben and Nicole; four great-grandchildren; and special friend, Melanie Bedgood and her children Kaitlynn and Hunter.

A memorial service will be Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. in the Cross Roads Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church. The family will be accepting visitors at the Cross Roads Sanctuary from noon-2 p.m. Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations in Jimmy’s name be made to First United Methodist Church of Natchitoches, 411 2nd St., Natchitoches, LA 71457 or to Shriners Hospital.