Skip to content

Obituary – Robert H. Adkisson




Robert Hassel Adkisson was born in Hardin County, Tennessee on July 29, 1934, the son of the late Robert W. and Aleen Hinton Adkisson. He completed his high school education in Savannah, Tennessee, before marrying Mary Julia Thomas on June 6, 1953. Not long after their marriage, Bob, as he was known to everyone, enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard where he served as a Rifleman and Squad Leader from 1954 through 1956.

For 54 years, Bob co-owned and operated the Savannah Radiator Shop where he was truly a jack of all trades. In addition to doing radiator work, he also set steel for metal buildings and created beautiful ornamental iron. In later years he added selling metal buildings and horse trailers to his resume as well as owning and renting storage units. And through it all he operated his “Honey Wagon”, a name he gave his truck used for pumping septic tanks because he said the money it made went to his honey.

Bob was a faithful member of the Savannah Church of Christ where he served as an elder for over 20 years. Always community minded, he was also a member of the Lions Club, the Savannah Jaycees, and the Volunteer Fire Department. He even served as a City Commissioner for several years. But one of his greatest loves was training and showing Tennessee Walking Horses. Not only did he personally work with the horses, but he also served as a national judge for walking horse shows all over the country. His work in the horse industry and his memberships in the West Tennessee Walking Horse Association and the Tennessee Walking Horse Association led to an abundance of life-long friendships.

Always a people person, Bob made it his mission to consistently visit with those who were sick or suffering in some manner, often being one of the faithful few who would continue after most everyone else stopped. Above all, he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and father-in-law, the key word in almost all of those relationships being “father”.

Bob Adkisson left this earth on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the age of 84 years, 5 months and 29 days. Other than his wife, Mary Julia Adkisson of Savannah, Tennessee, he leaves his three daughters, Diann Wilkins and her husband Dick, Julie Gail Adkisson, and Bobbie Lynn Clark and her husband Keith, all of Savannah, Tennessee, his brother Rex Adkisson of Savannah, Tennessee, and his two sisters, June Vinson of Adamsville, Tennessee and Janice Claiborne of Nashville, Tennessee. Bob also leaves his five grandchildren, Erin Latch and her husband Chad of Savannah, Tennessee, Leslie Eldridge and her husband Adam of Cookeville, Tennessee, Luke Pilkinton and his wife Christa of Savannah, Tennessee, JT Clark and his wife Jada of Savannah, Tennessee, and Julia Lynn Clark also of Savannah, Tennessee, seven great-grandchildren, Laura Ann Pilkinton, Preston Eldridge, Elijah Latch, Abigail Eldridge, Paul Robert Pilkinton, Kate Clark, and Ty Clark, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Other than his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his in-laws O. O. and Frankie Thomas, his sister and brother-in-law Gail and Jeff Selby, his sister-in-law Geraldine Adkisson, and his brother-in-law, Billy Ray Vinson.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to The Savannah Church of Christ at 1175 Pickwick Street, Savannah, Tennessee 38372. 

More Stories

  • Walking In The Smokies stall deadline approaching

    The Walking In The Smokies Horse Show, scheduled for April 8-10, 2021, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is preparing for their first annual show and would like to send a reminder to anyone needing stalls that the deadline is March 15. Please contact Lexi Stinnett at 828-550-8520 to reserve stalls on the show grounds. Read More
  • Trainers' Show announces judges

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association National Trainers’ Show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. March 18-20, 2021. Judges for the three-day event will be Wayne Dean, Newton Parks and Johnny Puckett. Read More
  • USDA prepares for 2021 show season

    The USDA recently conducted their virtual HIO training course for the 2021 show season. The USDA and industry recently received the final report from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and some of the recommendations in that report are communicated in the new processes the USDA will implement in 2021... Read More
  • WHOA hosts virtual awards ceremony

    On Saturday. February 20th, the Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) held their National High Point awards for 2020 on their WHOA Facebook page with winners who chose to be zooming in to accept their awards... Read More
  • WHOA to host virtual awards ceremony on February 20

    The Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) will recognize their award winners from the 2020 show season during a virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The show will be broadcast live on WHOA’s Facebook page beginning at 6 pm central time. Read More
  • FAST Spring Showcase announces judging panel

    The FAST Spring Showcase is pleased to announce that John Fikes, Newton Parks and Sam Sorrell will judge this years’ two-day event. The show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. April 16-17, 2021... Read More
  • Obituary – Kimberly Woods

    Kimberly Lynn Woods, age 47 departed this life on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky... Read More
  • WHAA annual barn party rescheduled due to inclement weather

    There will be a lot of great items to auction as well as breeding fees to some of the top stallions in the industry and training fees for many of the top trainers. Everyone is encouraged to bring your young horses to preview for the upcoming show season. Read More
  • Birth Announcement – William Jackson Bauer

    Dr. & Mrs. Will  Bauer of Gainesville, Georgia welcomed their first child, William Jackson Bauer, on December 4, 2020. Jack weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces at birth... Read More
  • Equine Obituary – Master's Razzle and Jazz

    The Walking Horse Community and the Alan Riddley Family lost Master’s Razzle And Jazz, the reigning 2020 World Grand Champion, on Friday, February 5, 2021, due to complications of colic. Master’s Razzle And Jazz, affectionately known as “Lurch”, will forever be remembered by his gentle ways, powerful gait and his eye-catching presence. Read More