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“Louis Adkins was my first cousin whom I had the pleasure of knowing her for a short time, she will be miss, Sorry for your loss and I will always...Read More »
1 of 62 | Posted by: Vernita Robinson - Inglewood, CA

“Dear Adkins Family: Mark & Sinbad(David) you would know my Daughter Beth Payne, my name is Rosalind Payne-Weiss, Mark I met you in L A @ the ExPo...Read More »
2 of 62 | Posted by: Rosalind Payne-Weiss - Sawyer, MI

“To the Adkins family our hearts are saddened to hear about the loss of your mother. We was a very dear person and she will always be remembered in...Read More »
3 of 62 | Posted by: Brenda Terrell - Benton Harbor, MI

“Mother Adkins, RIP... I know that you are in a better place with our Lord Jesus Christ. Please give my best to Rev.You both are truly missed.May god...Read More »
4 of 62 | Posted by: Kenneth Hill - Honolulu, HI

“We love you mrs adkins may the lord continue to wrap his arms around you and Jesus name amen from the lucas family ”
5 of 62 | Posted by: Ebony/shelia Lucas - MI

“May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you, God bless you!. ”
6 of 62 | Posted by: Eddie & Rose MARSHALL - MI

“May God give you peace and strength as you grieve the loss of Mrs. Adkins. ”
7 of 62 | Posted by: Toni Phillips - Charlotte, NC

“Prayers going up for Sinbad and his family for the [passing of his Mother ”
8 of 62 | Posted by: Deneen Mcdougald - columbus, GA

“To the Family,You are in our prayers and you have our deepest sympathy. We may not be able to be with you in person but our hearts is with you in...Read More »
9 of 62 | Posted by: Vincent and Gwendolyn Eldridge - NY

“My Condolences to the family ”
10 of 62 | Posted by: Rick McEachern - Shaker Hts, OH

“Praying that the Peace of God Rule in your hearts in this time.... ”
11 of 62 | Posted by: Yvette Powell Johnson - Inglewood, CA

“Sending love and prayers to the family,cousin Louise was a sweet,beautiful soul,may she rest in heaven. ”
12 of 62 | Posted by: Carmen Jones And the Jones family - CO

“What a beautiful tribute to this beautiful woman, your mother. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. ”
13 of 62 | Posted by: Wilann and JT Moton/Collette - CA

“So sorry for your loss of this wonderful Woman of God, wife and mother, my friend Sinbad. She did a lot of great work on earth and has earned her...Read More »
14 of 62 | Posted by: Pamela York - Atlantic City, NJ

“Adkins Family. My prayers to your family on your loss. My mother Dorothy Abrams she work for Dr Michael Faber Benton Harbor Michigan and loved your...Read More »
15 of 62 | Posted by: Paula Hubbard - Round Lake Beach, IL

“Adkins Family:My sincere condolences on the lost of your loved one. May God Bless You and may you find comfort and peace in the memories you hold...Read More »
16 of 62 | Posted by: Zelda Norwood - POMONA, CA

“I'm so sorry for your loss.My GOD bless over this family. ”
17 of 62 | Posted by: VINCENT ELDRIDGE - Buffalo, NY

“Sinbad and family,Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you now and always. God bless you all with comfort and peace, and beautiful memories. ”
18 of 62 | Posted by: Tony and Sunshine Brown - PA

“So sorry for your loss all. My prayers for strength, comfort and thoughts r with u all. God Bless ”
19 of 62 | Posted by: Judy Jackson-Rivers - Mashpee, MA

“Sending my sincerest condolences to you and the family ”
20 of 62 | Posted by: Jacqueline Jordan - Philadelphia, PA

“Sending our love to your family. Hugs and kisses from The Hilliard Family ”
21 of 62 | Posted by: Joiesette Hilliard - MI

“What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful mother. I pray you take solace in knowing she is now united with your father. Please take comfort also in...Read More »
22 of 62 | Posted by: Carolyn (Kakkie) McKeithen-Williams - PA

“Rest In Peace Louise . It was an honor to know such a beautiful, strong, kind, funny, smart woman. May your spirit live on in the lives of all who...Read More »
23 of 62 | Posted by: Dana Holt - Las Vegas, NV

“A beautiful tribute honoring an equally beautiful woman and spirit. Love and light. Errika Jefferson ”
24 of 62 | Posted by: Errika J. - DC - Family Friend

“Dear Sinbad: I'm So Sorry I was unable to attend Miss Louise services, but please know I send My prayers and much love to you and all the family....Read More »
25 of 62 | Posted by: Debbie Pierce - Inglewood, CA

“Though there are no words to console and comfort you in your time of bereavement, just know there are those who are thinking of and praying for you. ...Read More »
26 of 62 | Posted by: Karen Wright - Woodlawn, MD

“I will never forget everything you have done for me and my family. You prayed for me when my sister and burned up the kitchen a little bit. We ran to...Read More »
27 of 62 | Posted by: Millicent Gavin - Chesapeake, VA

“Sending love and condolences to the Adkins family. I am holding on to memories of her smile, the conversations we shared, and knowing the sweet...Read More »
28 of 62 | Posted by: Freda Hunt - Lombard, IL - Family

“Our deepest condolences for the loss of your beautiful mom. ”
29 of 62 | Posted by: Raven Glover - West Hills, CA

“Thanking God for allowing me the privilege of knowing such a beautiful and elegant lady. My prayers are with the entire family. ”
30 of 62 | Posted by: Carolyn Burton Fort - MI - friend

“Hi My friends,I have kept you in my prayers since I heard of the passing of your beautiful mother. What a precious jewel of grace and beauty in our...Read More »
31 of 62 | Posted by: JOLITA BURTON - BENTON HARBOR, MI

“First Lady Adkins will truly be missed. She was a graceful but powerful woman of God. I will miss the long phone conversations we would have a few...Read More »
32 of 62 | Posted by: Jacklyn Bell - Benton Harbor, MI

“Condolences to my cousinsTo my precious aunt Louise. Thank you and my uncle for the gift of carrying your names. I will continue to honor and cherish...Read More »
33 of 62 | Posted by: Eric Byrd - Richton Park, IL

“Mrs. Adkins was a spiritual, nurturing and compassionate women. I remember spending my summers in Benton Harbor, attending 2nd baptist church and...Read More »
34 of 62 | Posted by: T Butler-White - Chicago, IL

“To the Adkins Family: Words cannot adequately express how much Mrs. Adkins meant to us. Besides being a phenomenal First Lady, she was a mentor and...Read More »
35 of 62 | Posted by: Larry and Sandra Steward - MI

“REST IN PEACE MY BIG SISTER!!!!!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!! ”
36 of 62 | Posted by: Lee Harvey. Jr. - Shermon Oak, CA

“To the family, you are in my prayers today as you lay your loved one to rest. ”
37 of 62 | Posted by: Grace Scott - Bruceton, TN

“Our hearts reach out to the Adkins' Family during this time of memories, reflection & celebration of Miss Louise's life proven to be fruitful with...Read More »
38 of 62 | Posted by: Lynette Brooks - Denver, CO

“To the Family of Louise Adkins. Remembering you in my thoughts and prayers. Love You All <3 ”
39 of 62 | Posted by: Brenda Moltimore-Banks - MI

“Dorothea and Donna and the entire family. Mrs. Adkins always had a beautiful and quiet presence. She was loving and kind and exemplified to many...Read More »
40 of 62 | Posted by: Sherri Guidry Coulibaly - MI

“I remember being so excited to see Aunt Lou as a kid when she came to Chicago or we went to Benton Harbor because the loving presence she gave! Aunt...Read More »
41 of 62 | Posted by: Brandon Fowler - Richton Park, IL

“My condolences and prayers to the family. Loving memories.First lady,mother Adkins from Second Baptist Church. ”
42 of 62 | Posted by: Jennifer (Bruce) Eddie - MI

“The resident's of Adkins Village Senior Housing would like to express our deepest sympathy to your entire family. ”
43 of 62 | Posted by: Glenda Bell - BENTON HARBOR, MI

“This is Pastor Gulley from Benton Harbor Michigan my deepest condolences and sympathy to the Adkins family. I remember this family, Rev Donald and...Read More »
44 of 62 | Posted by: Rodney Gulley - Benton Harbor, MI

“will miss you ”
45 of 62 | Posted by: emma jean hunt - gary, IN

“Sweet Loving Kind Soul .Who s Light brought many out of darkness. Your living was not in vain .. for you helped so many during your life Journey....Read More »
46 of 62 | Posted by: CONNIE NORRIS - Memphis, TN

“Condolences to the entire family ”
47 of 62 | Posted by: Tina Atcher Harmon - Wauwatosa, WI

“Condolence to the family and loved ones of the Louise Atkins sorry for your lose ”
48 of 62 | Posted by: Dianna Nelson-Williams - TX

“My prayers and condolences will continue to be with each of you during this time. Auntie will be missed.I love you all. ”
49 of 62 | Posted by: Valarie Hunt - Plainfield, IL

“To the family of Sister Adkins the The Meeks family send our love and condolences to the family of Mother Adkins We will cherish the fond memories of...Read More »
50 of 62 | Posted by: Ida Meeks - Benton Harbor, MI

“To my cousins the Adkins family, may God Embrace each one of you as you as are the flowers that she left for the world. It doesn't matter how far our...Read More »
51 of 62 | Posted by: Trudy Newborn Coleman - Fontana, CA

“You be miss dearly. Love you Your cousin. ”
52 of 62 | Posted by: Vernita Newborn Coleman Inglewood

“So sorry for you loss. Louise was a special lady, with a huge heart and always a kind word. ”
53 of 62 | Posted by: Risa Leonard - Family Friend

“Mrs Adkins taught me a lot about life when I was a teenager , I will never forget the things she instilled in me , she was a very sweet lady ...Read More »
54 of 62 | Posted by: kim jordan-mcmullin - MI - Friend

“I will always remember your loving and encouraging words. You will forever be in my heart. Love you cuz. RIP. ”
55 of 62 | Posted by: Earline Manning - Pontiac, MI

“We love you all a will constantly be praying for you guys ”
56 of 62 | Posted by: Anthony Andrews - Benton Harbor, MI

“Proverbs 31:V10-31 KJV. This is you Aunt Louise, we as a family have been truly blessed. To my cousins, may God keep you in his grace and comfort you...Read More »
57 of 62 | Posted by: Alan Wilson - Glenwood, IL

“I am sorry to hear of Mrs Adkins passing. She was a very kind and gentle spirit. I will always cherish great memories of her, the Adkins family,...Read More »
58 of 62 | Posted by: Keith Browning - Southfield, MI

“I will always remember Mrs. Adkins's beauty, grace and gentleness. She was a very sweet presence at Second Baptist Church, where I started my walk...Read More »
59 of 62 | Posted by: Beverly Johnson-McCree - McKinney, TX

“From the entire Cummings family----we send our condolences. ”
60 of 62 | Posted by: Delores miller - Benton Harbor, MI

“Mrs. Adkins was a beautiful, caring and sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Adkins family at this time of tremendous loss. Love,...Read More »
61 of 62 | Posted by: Gina Pierce - Woodland Hills, CA

“My prayers are with you and & family @ this time, knowing my cousin Louise is @ rest peacefully. It hurt more when you didn't have time in saying...Read More »
62 of 62 | Posted by: Mrs. Robert Ella (Duke) Parker - TN


Louise Adkins was born to Lee Harvey and Rosie Harvey December 16, 1933 in Bolivar, Tennessee. She was raised by her paternal grandparents, James and Mary Ann Harvey, until the age of ten. She attended grade school and enjoyed the rich culture of her southern roots and country living until her family migrated to Michigan.

In 1951, Louise graduated from Benton Harbor High School. After high school, she worked as a secretary for Attorney Robert Bryant, the first black lawyer in Benton Harbor, while attending Lake Michigan College. She also worked for Bell Telephone Company and Whirlpool Corporation before retiring. Louise had a great passion for reading, especially black history, and served as the first black member on the Benton Harbor Library Board. She also served for many years as the Black History Month chairperson at Second Baptist Church.

Louise was united in holy wedlock to Rev. Donald B. Adkins in 1953. Later, when her husband was called into the ministry, she embraced the role of First Lady and worked diligently in the church and the community. She also found great pleasure in traveling with her husband to the district and state Baptist conventions. Her love for God was evidenced by her compassion, kind heart, and loving spirit.

Her hobbies included being a gifted seamstress, often making clothes for her husband and children; frequenting garage sales and thrift stores; refinishing and upholstering antique furniture, even before it was the popular thing to do. Louise also enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean Islands to attend her sons, Sinbad and Mark, music festivals.

Louise and her husband are the parents of six children. She worked tirelessly to help all of them aspire and to attain a higher education; each of them going on to exceed her and her husband's every expectation.

Louise's heart and mind was always in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Due to illness however, in 2001, she and her husband moved to California to be closer to family. Louise believed the words of the Apostle Paul, "In whatsoever state I am in, Lord help me to be centered." Her favorite scripture is Romans 8:28 which reads, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose."

Louise Adkins was a woman of abundant grace, strength, and love. She lived a life that exemplified perseverant hope. This spirit is reflected through one of her favorite quotes, "You had nothing to do with where you come from, but you can determine, somewhat, where you are going."

She leaves to celebrate her home going, her children, Michael, David (Sinbad) and his wife Meredith, Donald Jr., Mark, Dorothea and Donna and her husband Maurice Eldridge; her five grandchildren Paige, Royce, Rachael, Dylan and Savannah; three great grandchildren, Victoria, Nathan, Jada and Cyncere; two brothers Rev. Lee Harvey and Nick Neely; three sisters Rose and her husband Timothy Lucas, Emma Jean Hurd and Virginia; Godchildren Karen Posey, Donna Louise Byrd, Valarie Anderson and Cynthia Keller; spiritual children Rev. Kenneth and Jerri Gavin; four nieces, Imani, Kamari, Freda, and Valerie; and a host of cousins, family and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, a sister and favorite cousin Lula Featherstone.

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