McCONNELL, W.Va. — “…And the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” — 2 Timothy 4, 6, &8 (NIV)
On March 6, 2013 at her residence, Lena Immaculate Carrere Adkins, 93 years of age, of McConnell, formerly of Dehue, finished her course, and closed her eyes here on earth for the final time, only to wake up in the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Lena was born into the union of Giuseppe “Joe” Baptista Carrere and Marianna Fortunato Molina Carrere on March 21st, 1919, in Philadelphia, Pa. Her family moved to Dehue when she was 10 years of age. She lived in Dehue for 67 years. It was there she married, had her children, and raised her family.
In 1996, she and her sister Maggie Mariano and their many friends (their Dehue family) were forced to leave Dehue. Lena was quoted in the Charleston Gazette “the hardest part about leaving Dehue is, I won’t be able to sit in my swing on the front porch and see my many friends going up and down the road”. She and her Sister Maggie were the last Carrere’s to leave Dehue. Lena’s two sister-In laws, Maude Kitchen and Verda Gostavich were the last two Adkins to leave. Lena moved to McConnell in August 1996, where she has since resided.
In addition to her parents, preceding her in death was her husband of 49 years, eight months Millard “Crutch” Adkins, in 1989; sons, Joseph C. Adkins and Kenneth R. Adkins; daughter, Joan Wallace and husband Ellis “Wally” Wallace; daughter-in-law, Cherlyne Burgess Adkins, the mother of her precious grandchildren, the pride and joy of her life; three sisters, Maggie Mariano, Katherine Strunk and Josephine Varrassi; two brothers, Charles A. Carrere and Little William Carrere; brothers-in-law, Nungio Varriassi, Joe Sauscerman, Frank Mariano, Bill Beavers and George Strunk. Also preceding Lena in death was her very special and best friend Nixola “Nickey” McKenzie Smith. Lena and Nickey had been best friends since their teenage years. They had worked, car pooled, traveled and shopped together. They had attended the same church, sang in the same choir, served in the same ministries. It was as though they were joined at the hip. Many times they were mistaken as sisters.
Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Millard “Skeet” Adkins of Newark, Dela.; precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Monica L. (Richard) Hindt, and Garrett and Shane Hindt, all of Bear, Del., Audra L. (Seth) Oliver-Gaberial, and Lucas, Jesse, and Lily Oliver, all of Newark,, Rodney A. (Cheryl) Adkins, and the Adkins namesake, Mason and Mia Adkins of Townsend, Del.; two sisters, Aileen Sauscerman of Newark and Virginia “Ginny” Beavers of Sidney, Ohio; two brothers, William “Ghi Ghi” (Dorothy) Carrere of McConnell nd Earnest “BaBa” (Pat) Carrere of Bear; two cousins, Mary Ambessi and Katherine Teritano, both of Winchester, Mass.; sisters-in-law, Marie Hurt of Beckley, and Joan Ellis Carrere of Lewis, Del., and a host of nephews and nieces that live from coast to coast.
Lena was a proud member of her church, First Baptist Church of McConnell, which she has been a member for 35 years, her pastor and his wife Rev. John E. and Debbie Godby. Her life was centered around her Lord Jesus, family and church family. She enjoyed serving in the ministries of Choir, Awana, Ladies Circle, Women’s Ministry and the ministry of helps.
Lena’s first job outside the home was as a cook at the Dehue Grade School. When the Appalachian Miners Hospital at Man opened in 1956, Lena was the first hourly full time employee hired on as chief cook. She retired in 1981 with 25 years of service.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the First Baptist Church McConnell with the Rev. John E. Godby, Rev. Caudle Adkins, Rev. C.J. Adkins, Rev. Mike Manuel and Rev. Donnie Wells Officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Garden at Godby.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Honaker Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Pallbearers include her son, Skeet Adkins; grandsons, Rod Adkins, Rich Hindt and Seth Oliver, and great-grandsons, Mason Adkins, Garrett and Shane Hindt, and Gabe, Lucas and Jesse Oliver. Honorary pallbearers will be Monica Hindt, Audra and Lily Oliver, Cheryl and Mia Adkins, and her siblings, Aileen Sauscerman, Virginia “Ginny” Beavers, William “GhiGhi” Carrere and Earnest “BaBa” Carrere.
Lena has requested that in lieu of flowers or any other type of memorial items, contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church of McConnell to further the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Condolences may be left at www.honakerfuneralhome.org
Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.
“…Death has been swallowed up in victory”. Where, O death is your Victory? Where, O death is your Sting? But thanks be to God! He gives us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” — I Corinthians 15:54-57 (NIV)
“I HAVE THE VICTORY!!!” — Lena
“Lord, when I take my final breath, and see you face to face in death, Then shall my heart forever sing the heavenly praises of my King.” — Rainville