ADKINS, Gracie "Sweets" Lorraine, 89, of Charles City, Va., went to be with her Lord and Savior December 14, 2017. Sweets was a wonderful cook. Her dishes were enjoyed by many throughout the years. She was a member of the Chickahominy Indian tribe and a lifelong member of Samaria Baptist Church. Gracie was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Joseph Strongwolf Adkins; and three sons, Baby Mel, Terry and Lon Sr. Gracie is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Bird (David), Marilyn Wynn (Keith) and Paula Adkins (Del); her daughter-in-law, Barbara; five sisters, Thelma Bradby, Joyce Stewart, Pearl Stewart, Gloriette Owen and Gwen Whitehead; two brothers, Alva and Eugene Adkins; six grandchildren, Mia, Steve Jr., Lon Jr., Mike, Dave and Brady; eight great-grandchildren, Evan, Ryan, Lane, Tyee, Zoe, Sophia, Jeyce and Gabriella; two great-great-grandchildren, Athena and Easton; a devoted nephew, Brad Bradby; special friends, Clifford Stewart, Craig Stewart, Glenda Adkins and Angela Adkins; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Samaria Baptist Church, Providence Forge. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Vincent Funeral Home, 9923 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Samaria Baptist Church, 8130 Lott Cary Rd., Providence Forge, Va. 23140. Tributes can be posted at

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