Francis “Frank” Adkins Sr., departed this world on September 13, 2021.He was 79.
Born in Salisbury, MD, he had lived in Wilmington since 1963. Frank was a 1959 graduate of Wicomico Senior High School in Salisbury, where he met his lifelong sweetheart. He graduated from Goldey Beacom College with an Associate’s degree in Accounting in 1961 and from East Carolina College with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1963. In 1971, he graduated from the University of Delaware with an MBA. He earned his Certified Public Accounting license in 1977.
Frank worked for Hercules, Inc. for 30 years, and he also worked for H&R Block for several years. In 1992, he founded his own CPA practice, Adkins and Associates.
He was a former Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 660. He loved the outdoors, and he hiked many sections of the Appalachian Trail. In addition, he enjoyed bluegrass music. Frank enjoyed spending time with his family, and he was especially close to his grandchildren. He was a member of Welsh Tract Old School Baptist Church in Newark, DE.
He was predeceased by his parents, Mildred (Morris) Adkins, William S. Adkins, his step-mother Charlotte Adkins, and one brother, Richard S. Adkins, all of Salisbury, MD. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean C. Adkins, a brother Ernest Adkins (Janie) of Portsmouth VA, and a sister Ethel Harper (Jack) of Salisbury MD. He is also survived by his three children: Frank Adkins Jr. (Kristan) of Greenwood DE, Nancy Lester (Scott) of Newark DE, and Valerie Lester (Steve) of Pittsburgh PA; six grandchildren: Stephen Lester (Catalina), Laura Lester, Julie Sober (Bryan), Ryan Lester, Sean Flanagan (Samantha), and Erin Gingerich (Brad). In addition, he is survived by four great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at appalachiantrail.org or to the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania at pennmedicine.org.