Joel Robert "Jake" Adkins, 98 years old, was called to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 16, 2021. He entered this world on March 20, 1922, born to Mary and Levi Adkins, in Farmerville, LA. Joel honorably served his country in the US Army during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge and earned a Bronze Star. He also served the Pride, LA, and Baker, LA, communities as a High School and Junior High School Math teacher as his chosen profession for many years. Joel is survived by his three children, Rusty Adkins of Lawtell, LA (wife Ann), Mary "Ginger" Thomas of Tyler, TX (husband David), and Rob Adkins of Ballston Spa, NY (wife Sandi); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved him dearly, as well as several nieces and nephews. Joel was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Ruth Yeager Adkins; also, his parents, James Leander (Levi) and Mary Ernestine Frazier Adkins; brothers Grady Adkins and Roy Adkins, and, sister, Marcia Adkins Horton. Public visitation will be at Baker Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, from 11:00AM until the service at 12:30. Interment will follow at Louisiana National Cemetery at 2:00PM with military honors and flag presentation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to any charity of your choice
in Joel's memory. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and/or leave a personal note. Mask are required per state mandate.