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Garnet Louise Adkins

“Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10

Garnet L. Adkins, 88, lifelong resident of Greenup and Lloyd, Kentucky passed to her heavenly reward on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky.

She was a resident of Morning Pointe Assisted Living for the past six months and succumbed to complications from covid-19.

Garnet was born at home in Greenup January 21, 1932 a daughter of the late Elias and Nellie Pruitt Johnson.

She was a graduate of the former Greenup High School and attended Marshall University where she earned a teaching degree. She taught at Schultz one-room schoolhouse, Fullerton Elementary, Greenup Elementary, and Greysbranch Elementary. She enjoyed her time in the classroom and spoke fondly of her students.

Garnet married Russell Earl Adkins, the love of her life, on February 15, 1957. They were best friends and happily married for 63 years. Their motto was always “We are as one”, and they most certainly exhibited that beautiful testimony of love. The family rejoices that they are reunited.

Garnet was a member of the Greenup First Baptist Church since she gave her heart to the Lord as a teenager. She loved the Lord and loved people.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Russell Earl Adkins; six siblings Edna Johnson, Estill Johnson, Avenell Bradley, Pansy Johnson, Charles Johnson, and Ruby Waltman; twin granddaughters Amberly and Brandy Miller.

She is survived by two daughters Sharon (Gary) Miller of Greenup and Becky Adkins of Lexington, Kentucky; a son Russell Adkins Sr. of Kingsport, Tennessee; a host of grandchildren Brad (Erica) Miller, Jayce (Ian) Friend, Bryson (Sarah) Miller, Kelsey (Austin) Dacci and Lyndsey (Casey) Harp, Russell Adkins Jr., Maggie Adkins, Joshua Adkins and Lucas Adkins; eight great-grandchildren whom she adored.

A private graveside service will be conducted by Pastor Dr. Tom Melvin at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East.

Garnet will be dearly missed, but the family is joyful that she will celebrate her first Christmas with the King of Kings in the splendor and majesty of His glorious presence.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Meals on Wheels in Greenup County, which were her favorite charity.

Reed Funeral Home in Greenup is handling the service. Condolences may be made at


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