DANVILLE — On Monday (September 12, 2022), 68-year-old Eva Suzanne Barnett-Adkins of Danville calmly and peacefully answered God’s call from her work here on Earth.
Suzanne was born on April 5, 1954 to Rupert and Louise Barnett. She grew up in Danville, attended Danville Public Schools, and graduated from Danville High School with the Class of 1972. Suzanne then attended Danville Junior College and earned an associate’s degree. After graduating, she began her more than 40-year career with the Hyster-Yale Group in Danville, where she started in the mailroom and worked her way up to government parts coordinator, until his retirement in 2019.
Suzanne was united in a holy marriage to Virgil Dwight Adkins on June 3, 1989. From this union, Suzanne was blessed with two bonus children, Lisa and Courtney.
Suzanne was a life member of the Allen Chapel AME Church, where she gave her life to the Lord and served faithfully in various ministries, including the Steward Board, Usher Board, Culinary Committee, Finance Committee, Chapelaires Choir, Alpha and Omega Choir, Treasurer and Co-Chair of the Lincoln-Douglas-King Banquet.
A tireless public servant, Suzanne’s services included Black Unity, Blacks in Government, Senior Divas and, alongside her husband, the owners of C&D Barbeque. Together they have served the community for over three decades.
Her hobbies included shopping, reading, singing, cooking, travelling, playing sports with her husband, and providing care. Family and friends meant everything to Suzanne, and she dedicated her life to helping others.
Suzanne was predeceased by her parents, Rupert and Louise Barnett, and her aunt, Callie Evans.
She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted husband, Virgil Dwight Adkins; one daughter, Lisa (Andre) Mandeldove of Lilburn, Ga.; one son, Courtney (LaTonya) Phillips of Fresno, Texas; one sister, Iris (Joe) Williams Jr. of Danville; seven grandchildren, Jonathan Mandeldove of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Dionte Mandeldove of Chicago, Marissa Mandeldove of Lilburn, Georgia, Andre Mandeldove of Austin, Texas, Courtney and Courmoira Phillips of Champaign and J’Lynn Phillips of Houston; two nieces, Yvonne (Derek) Baxter of Forest Park and Shelley (Darryl) Goodwin of Olympia Fields; two great-nieces, Morgan Williams of Miami and Kyndell Goodwin of Olympia Fields; his beloved cousins Keith, Kenda, Kerra and Kyle Harper; cousin, Doris Bigham of Phoenix; second family, the Colliers; a host of very special relatives and friends; and his faithful dog, LeBron.
A homecoming celebration will begin at noon on Saturday, September 17 at the Allen Chapel AME Church, 503 N. Jackson St., Danville. The eulogist will be the Rev. Dr. C. Calvin Rice. Visits will begin at 11 a.m. until service time. Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Public viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, September 16 at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St., Danville.
Condolences may be submitted at leekandsonsfuneralhome.com.