Obituary- Bob Adkisson

Feb 4th, 2019 | By | Category: News, Obituaries

Mr. Robert (Bob) Hassel Adkisson passed from this life on Sunday, January 27, 2019. He was 84 years old. Bob was born on July 29, 1934 in Hardin County, Tennessee, to Robert W. and Aleen Hinton Adkisson who precede him in death. After completing his high school education in Savannah, Tennessee, he married Mary Julia Thomas on June 6, 1953. Not long after their marriage, Bob enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard where he served as a Rifleman and Squad Leader from 1954 through 1956.

For 54 years, Bob co-owned and operated the Savannah Radiator Shop. In addition to doing radiator work, he also set steel for metal buildings and created beautiful ornamental iron. In later years he sold metal buildings and horse trailers, as well as, owning and renting storage units. And through it all he operated his “Honey Wagon”, a name he gave his truck used for pumping septic tanks because he said the money it made went to his honey.

Bob was a faithful member of the Savannah Church of Christ. It was there, where he served as an elder for over 20 years. Because he loved his community, he served in the Lions Club, the Savannah Jaycees, and the Volunteer Fire Department. He even served as a City Commissioner for several years. One of his greatest loves was training and showing Tennessee Walking Horses. Not only did he personally work with the horses, but he also served as a national judge for Walking Horse shows all over the country. His work in the horse industry and his memberships in the West Tennessee Walking Horse Association and the Tennessee Walking Horse Association led to an abundance of life-long friendships.

Bob had a servant’s heart. He made it his mission to consistently visit with those who were sick or suffering in some manner, often being one of the faithful few who would continue after most everyone else stopped. Above all, he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and father-in-law, the key word in almost all of those relationships being “father”.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, are three daughters, Diann Wilkins (Dick), Julie Gail Adkisson, and Bobbie Lynn Clark (Keith); his brother Rex Adkisson; and his two sisters June Vinson and Janice Claiborne. Bob also leaves his five grandchildren, Erin Latch (Chad), Leslie Eldridge (Adam), Luke Pilkinton (Christa), JT Clark (Jada), and Julia Lynn Clark, seven great-grandchildren, Laura Ann Pilkinton, Preston Eldridge, Elijah Latch, Abigail Eldridge, Paul Robert Pilkinton, Kate Clark, and Ty Clark.

Preceding Bob in death other than his parents were his in-laws O. O. and Frankie Thomas, his sister and brother-in-law Gail and Jeff Selby, his sister-in-law Geraldine Adkisson, and his brother-in-law, Billy Ray Vinson.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to The Savannah Church of Christ at 1175 Pickwick Street, Savannah, Tennessee 38372. The Scoop sends our deepest sympathy to the Adkisson Family.

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