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Lovey Adkins
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Lovey Adkins, age 75, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017, at her home in College Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born January 13, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Lovey Simmons Adkins was born January 13, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA to the union of the late L.C. McSwain and Juanita L. (Simmons) Reid. Lovey’s stepfather, Columbus Reid, also played an important and significant role in her life. She was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio by her grandparents, Edward and Carrie Simmons and for a brief time in Washington, D.C. by her aunt and uncle, Mary and Joe Harper. She attended South Avondale and Samuel Ach Schools for elementary and junior high. Then attended Our Lady of Angels for high school.
Lovey dedicated her life to Christ at an early age as a member of Southern Baptist Church. As an adult, she united with Golden Leaf Baptist Church on April 5, 1963 under the leadership of the late Pastor Clarence Adkins.

While in high school, a good friend introduced Lovey to Carl Adkins. They later united in marriage and two daughters were born to their union, Cynthia Marie and Monica Yvette. August 9, 2017 marked their 59th wedding anniversary.

Lovey’s aunt Anna taught her the basics of printing and then Lovey went on to become an excellent printer. As a professional printer, Lovey worked for Cincinnati Bell, Hasken & Sells, and retired from General Electric after more than 20 years of service.

Lovey was very active in her church and served as Golden Leaf’s first lady for more than 40 years. Over the years, Lovey also served as a Senior Usher Board member, Junior Usher Board supervisor, Tour Committee member, Plant & Shut-In Ministry chairperson, Minister Wives chairperson and Print Shop coordinator. She also coordinated numerous retreats and workshops. In recent years until her death, she also served as a member of the Deaconess Board and as the coordinator of Golden Leaf Baptist Church vacation trips. When the church launched the Golden Leaf Ministries community center, Lovey helped organize the Thrift Shop and annual Flea Market.

Lovey’s oldest daughter, Cynthia, was born deaf. As a result, Lovey was inspired to build relationships with people of the Deaf community. She often would witness to them by encouraging them to build a personal relationship with Christ. She organized home bible classes and van rides for Deaf people to come to the church. She loved the Deaf community as if they were her own family and treated them as such.

Lovey was also involved in many organizations. Some of these include the Ohio State Missionary Baptist Convention Ministers’ Wives Auxiliary where she served as vice president, and the Arthritis Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, where she was a volunteer and certified instructor of the water aerobics class for those dealing with arthritis and related conditions. She was awarded for having one of the largest water aerobics classes in the state. She also launched a business with her friend, Sis. Mary Harper called, “Sisters Too” where they sold hats and accessories.

She had a larger than life personality and as a result, every stranger quickly became a friend. She was feisty, “no nonsense”, believed in being honest and treated everyone equally. She was direct and could be stern if needed. She shared her wisdom, advice and love with everyone. She was one of the most generous people you could have met. She would take the clothes off her back and give them to someone if they needed them and would be their biggest cheerleader if they needed encouragement or support. She had a deep love for people and her family.

Because of her great love for others, she would find little ways to make those she loved happy. This involved surprising them, especially her children, with gifts. For example, over the years she would purchase many kinds of pets for her girls. They included pet ducks, chickens, hamsters, parakeets, cats, and dogs. She had a great love for her current dog, Chance. Chance also had a great love for Lovey.

She had many hobbies including DIY (decorating) projects, watching movies, especially action movies, QVC and shopping. She was a very fashionable lady. She believed in being stylish and cared about proper dressing. She enjoyed snacking on 5th Avenue candy bars, Hershey’s with Almonds, drinking Icee’s, traveling and encouraging others to come to Christ. She was an excellent cook. Everyone looked forward to her Sunday dinners. She would cook every Sunday and meals would sometimes include her famous macaroni and cheese, candied yams, sautéed cabbage, pork chops, ham and sweet potato pies.

Lovey handled a high level of adversity. Her tolerance from sickness, pain, and lack of comfort was proof of her strength through adversity. She managed it well and never blamed others for it. Her departure was through very deep vocal prayer, then calmness. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her parents, stepfather and sisters, Malikah Faquir and C. Veronica Williamson all preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her memory: her husband of 59 years, Rev. Dr. Carl P Adkins, her children, Cynthia M. (Alexander) Adkins-Smith and Dr. Monica Y. Adkins; two granddaughters, Shawnette M. Davis and Alexis C. Smith; siblings, Steve (Barbara) Applebury, Sr., Kim Benton, Mary (George) Brennen and Larry Reid; two aunts, Anna (Joseph) Matthews and Marie (Norman) Miller, brothers-in-law Willis (Marian) Adkins, John (Mattie) Adkins and Milton (Freddie) Adkins; and sister-in-law Georgia Hodge; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends and church family.

Visitation is from 8:00 am until 11:00 am, on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the Golden Leaf Baptist, 5910 Argus Road, Cincinnati (45224). The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation beginning at 11:00 am.

Interment will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45232.

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Walker Funeral Home of Cincinnati is serving the Adkins family. Please call (513) 251-6200 or visit for additional information.

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8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Golden Leaf Baptist Church

5910 Argus Road
Cincinnati, OH 45224





11:00 AM
Golden Leaf Baptist Church

5910 Argus Road
Cincinnati, OH 45224

Cemetery Details


Spring Grove Cemetery

4521 Spring Grove Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45242


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