Merle Thayer Adkins III of Kenbridge Va died at his home surrounded by family on March 10, 2022. He was born February 7, 1941 in Durham, NC to the late Louise Mason Adkins and Merle Thayer Adkins II.
Merle grew up in Durham NC and was a graduate of Durham High School and Campbell College. He began his career working for American Tobacco Co, then for American Cigar and finished his career as President of Imperial Processing Corporation in Kenbridge Va. As a tobacconist, his travels took him to many places around the world. During retirement, he enjoyed his beloved farm (Oak Forest), golfing, traveling and being with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife and best friend, Thelma Rutledge Adkins; his sister, Frances (Bill) Gay of St. Louis, MO ; daughter, Susan (Lee) Jaynes and a son, Merle Thayer (Lyn) Adkins IV both of Raleigh, NC; step sons Michael (Joan) Gentry and the late Jefferey Gentry. He was the proud grandfather of Caroline Adkins, Ren Adkins and Drew Jaynes; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins who meant the world to him.
The family would like to express thanks to his caregivers and nurses - especially his nurse angels, Karen Griffin and Kaye Bagley.
Please consider a memorial donation to: Lunenburg Health Service, PO Box 121, Victoria VA. 23974 or Kenbridge Baptist Church, PO Box 445 Kenbridge, VA 29344.
The service, through Clarke Funeral Home, will take place on Monday, March 14th at Kenbridge Baptist Church, Kenbridge VA. Visitation is at 1pm with funeral service starting at 2pm. Reception to follow at the church. Burial will be private.