Barbara K. Adkins

September 1, 2022


Barbara K. Adkins, age 71, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. Barb was a warrior and fought a long five-year battle with Lung Cancer. Although cancer was a contributor to her death, her body grew fatigued and she was no longer able to fight the various infections that infiltrated her body and lungs. In her final days, Barb was surrounded by her dedicated and loving husband, and her loving family and friends. Barb cherished all of her friends, and the many unique friendships that she’s built over the years. She especially loved spending time and making chocolate Christmas candies with her special friend, Barb Stevens. Barb also had a special “cousin,” Lora Stevens, that she enjoyed having fun adventures with. When not traveling, Barb and Lora stayed in touch; sharing a special bond of not just “cousins-in-law,” but also close friends. Although they were in-laws, Barb and Kevin both shared a close relationship with Myra and Dave. They would often get together to play cards or board games. On many of the times that Barb and Kevin traveled, Myra and Dave were always at their side. Over the years they’ve shared many laughs and created many wonderful memories. Barb was often given compliments on her “pretty nails.” Her special friend, Jane, always kept her nails looking nice, and Barb received compliments on her nails up to the very end of her life. Many friends will always remember Barb and her pretty nails. Barb was a member of the Beverly United Methodist Church. She was President of the Worship Committee, and a member of the UMW (United Methodist Women). Barb was always present and involved in church activities, and volunteered wherever she knew there was a need. Barb was also a ten-year member of the Beverly Lions Club. She served in different official capacities, including President. Barb enjoyed participating in activities with the Lions within the community, and made many special friends within the organization. Barb and her devoted husband, Kevin loved to travel. They have enjoyed many cruises to the Caribbean and to Mexico with family members John and Lora Stevens, and Myra and David Swanson. Barb and Kevin also spent time traveling across the United States visiting State and National Parks, while seeing new and exciting places. Barb loved RV-ing. She and Kevin would spend the cold months in Florida, and then travel to Michigan in the summer. Barb was also an avid fan of NASCAR racing and watching her Cleveland Browns. Barb is a 1969 graduate of Morgan High School in McConnelsville, Ohio. After high school she worked at Malta Windows, where she met Kevin. Barb then attended Valley Beauty College in Zanesville, Ohio where she obtained her cosmetology license. She opened her own beauty shop for a while in Stockport, Ohio and later became co-owner of the Styling Station with sister-in-law, Kelly Zumbro. After retiring her hair styling career, Barb then worked at the cosmetic departments at JC Penney and Elder-Beerman in Zanesville, Ohio. Barb wrapped up her working career at the Marietta Country Club where she performed secretarial tasks. Barb was preceded in death by her two loving pets, Ozzie and Smokey Jo. She was also preceded in death by her mother Genevieve Jackson, father Ray Ashton, stepfather Thomas D. Jackson, mother-in-law Gladys (Sugar) Adkins, father-in-law Dorsey Adkins, grandchild Hunter Wallace, sister-in-law Stacie Kinney, special cousins Gary and Karen Ashton, and nephew Michael Offenberger. Barb leaves behind a devoted and loving husband of 46 years, Dorsey (Kevin) Adkins. Kevin has always been a source of strength for Barb and together they completed one another. Barb also leaves behind 3 children. Two daughters Penny (Greg) Wallace of Stockport Ohio, and Mary (Steve) Ray of Mount Vernon Ohio, and her son Don (Sabrina) Adkins of Beverly Ohio. Barb’s three children blessed her life with eight grandchildren. Mathew Adkins of Parma Ohio, Michelle (Carter) Kiefer of Lowell Ohio, Kelsey Adkins of Caldwell Ohio, Brian Adkins of Marietta Ohio, Brant (Katie) Wallace of Stockport Ohio, Keith (Alicia) Wallace of Layton Utah, Ashley Wallace of Zanesville, Chase (Lindsey) Wallace of Zanesville, Ohio, and twin sisters Savannah and Taylor Ray of Buckeye Lake. Barb’s grandchildren then blessed her with eleven great grandchildren. Destiny, Cyaira, Airyanna, and Kace Wallace of Zanesville, Kane Roehrig of Zanesville, and Rilynn and Brannick Wallace of Layton, Utah. Barb also recently received a new great-granddaughter,  Xyla Renee Keifer, and has three more great -granddaughters due to be born in October. Barb has had close relationships with her in-laws from day one of meeting Kevin. She’s created many wonderful and fun memories with them over the last 46 years. Barb leaves behind Myra (Dave) Swanson, Alan (Stephanie) Adkins, Randy Adkins, Kelly Zumbro (and Jason Roberts). Along with her in-laws, Barb leaves behind 2 sisters, Deborah (Mike) Offenberger and Tammy (Gary) Robinson of Stockport, as well as many nieces and nephews whom she loved very much. Flowers are welcome, or donations may be made to the Beverly-Waterford Rescue Squad. The family appreciates the services that the Beverly- Waterford Rescue Squad has provided to Barb in recent months and would like to extend a heartfelt thank you. A visitation for Barbara will be held 5-8 pm at the McCurdy Funeral Home in Beverly on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 and a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the Beverly United Methodist Church with Pastor Jim Porter officiating. Burial will be in the Beverly Cemetery.  After the Funeral Service and graveside a meal will be served at the church and everyone is invited to attend. Online condolences may be made by visiting

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September 6, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McCurdy Funeral Home
309 Sixth Street
Beverly, OH 45715

Memorial Service
September 10, 2022

1:00 PM
Beverly United Methodist Church
Park Street
Beverly, OH 45715

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