November 2, 1942 ~ October 15, 2020

Born in: Daviess County, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Troy Morris Adkins, 77, of Owensboro died at his home on Thursday, October 15, 2020, after a courageous battler with cancer. Troy was born in Daviess County on November 2, 1942, to the late Morris Adkins and Eurath Alexander Adkins.

Troy is survived by his dedicated and trusted wife of 51 years, Rubene Ann Gaddis Adkins “Jackie”, his two children, Troy originally of Owensboro and Tara Renee Whitledge (Paul) of Florida, a sister Janice Adkins Boone of Owensboro, and several nieces and nephews.

Troy was a graduate of Daviess County High School and attended Brescia College and Wesleyan College. Troy enjoyed reading the Bible and the works of Herbert W. Armstrong. One of his favorite books was “The United States and Britain in Prophecy.” Troy also spent many nights reading books about mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering.

Troy was hired as a lab technician by W.R. Grace and Company in 1969 and retired as a lab technician with Daramic, Inc. in 2013. During that time, Troy was a proud member of the Boilermakers Local 726 Union and was very proud of the amount of overtime that he provided.

Troy enjoyed reading the Messenger-Inquirer every day and in his spare time conducting genealogical research on the Adkins family ancestry. Troy also enjoyed Blues music and photography, and using his tools to fix small machinery and automobiles, and making knives and canes.

Troy was very fond of taking day trips with his wife along the back roads of Kentucky and Indiana during the autumn months of the year in order to see the beautiful foliage across the countryside. He also liked traveling with his wife to many cities and especially enjoyed traveling to Florida in order to spend time with his daughter.

In his final days, some of Troy’s best memories included discussing the future operation of Adkins Capital Management, the state of the nation’s housing, the stock market, and public policy issues with his son. He also loved having lunch at the Rough River State Lodger with his wife and son, and eating lunch with them at the Golden Corral in Henderson and Evansville. Troy also loved having dinner at home, because his wife’s cooking was always his favorite meal.

In memoriam, private viewing will be held today, Sunday October 18th at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home and Crematory in Owensboro. A subsequent private burial will be held at Rosehill Cemetery. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, services will only be open to Troy’s wife and children.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hospice of Western Kentucky and the health care services that they provided to Troy during the last two weeks of his life

In remembrance of Troy, condolences can best be made by making improvements to the Green River State Forest at the confluence of the Green- and Ohio- Rivers, where you can find more than 35 Bald Cypress trees that he planted with his son.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Adkins. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Troy Adkins and sign his virtual guestbook by going to

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  1. I worked with Troy at W. R. Grace in the Organic Dept. He was very conscientious in his work and was very congenial to work with. I remember he was a good friend of Tony Wroe. I thought a lot of Troy. I am sorry for your loss. Prayers and sympathy for all the family. Freddie and Alice Howard

  2. I worked with Troy at W. R. Grace in the Organic Dept. He was very conscientious in his work and very congenial to work with. I remember he was a good friend to Tony Wroe. I thought a lot of Troy. I am sorry for your loss. Prayers & sympathy to all the family. Freddie and Alice Howard

  3. Tara, Paul and family,

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Although we did not know Tara’s dad, she shared his progress with her Alliance Accounting team daily! Please know that we will help see her through her grief and keep his memory alive through her eyes. Prayers from the Alliance Crew, Venice, FL

  4. Jackie, Troy, and Tara,
    I am sorry to here of Big Troy’s passing. When I was a little girl, we visited your house. Big Troy told us the most amazing stories and showed us the artifacts that he had collected during his geaneological research. Because of him I fell in love with geaneology and history. I regret not having been able to share and compare findings. It is strange how a small, seemingly inconsequential, event can have such an impact. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  5. Troy,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My husband and I would be honored to visit the area mentioned where you planted the bald cypress trees ( our favorite) with your father. Our company restores streams & wetlands.
    Keeping you & your family in my thoughts
    + Kris (Roberts) Sandefur

  6. Troy is great person I worked at Wr Grace and Daramic with him until he retired. I know he going to be missed greatly. Just wanted to offer my condolences to the family.

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