Sue Hammons Adkins was born Aug. 16, 1933, in a log cabin in the Dyllis Community of Roane County.
She grew up playing on a fast pitch softball team, whose record was 300-0 when she left. She played basketball on a championship team at Oliver Springs High School with teammates, Barbara Lockette, Dorothy Hall, and Myrtle Chapman, to name only a few. They have all remained friends to this day.
Sue was named all-tourney, being very proud of this honor. She was a sharpshooter, and rode her brother’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle. She aspired to be a dirt track racer.
She married her sweetheart, the late J. B. Adkins, on Aug. 25, 1950.
Sue worked at Norwood Elementary School, Roane Hosiery Mill, and Walgreens in Oak Ridge as a beauty consultant.
She loved life, the Lord, and people. Her flowers were her passion.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Cecil Hammons; sisters-in-law, Geneva Hammons and Faye Hammons; brother, Glen Hammons; nephew Jeff Hammons; and her husband of 59 years, John B. Adkins.
She is survived by son, Gary and wife Judy Adkins, and grandson, John “Duke” Adkins, all of Oak Ridge; brothers, Roy C. Hammons of Harriman and Don Hammons of Clinton; cousin, Ella Sue Carter and husband Clancey of Nashville; and by a host of wonderful nieces and nephews. She is also survived by very special friends Barbara Lockette, Dorothy Hall, and Linda Coker. My apologies to any that may not be listed.
The family received friends, Wednesday, Sept. 19, between 5 and 7 p.m. at Sharp Funeral Home. The funeral followed at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Barry Ariaz officiating.
Burial and graveside services will be held, Thursday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. at the Dyllis Cemetery.
Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.sharpfh.com.