It is the goal of all mankind to do something so extraordinary that it leaves an imprint in this world long after our footprint has faded. On August 26, 1916 Dora Lee Gary and Murray Anderson welcomed a beautiful baby girl born in Newberry County. After careful consideration and such thought they named her Eldora. Little did they know that their daughter would become the light and matriarch of the family.
As time passed, Eldora's siblings, Luella, Mattie and Eugene, whom they called James Eboe, joined her on this earthly journey. She enjoyed the company of her younger siblings. They shared a closeness and a special bond. As a young adult, Eldora met a handsome young man named Johnny Clarence Adkins. They fell in love and married. There union was blessed with four children: twins, Betty and Shirley, Lillie Kay and John Edward.
Eldora was faithful to her children, her family, her church and her love for Christ. A strong prayer warrior, her family often heard her praying before bed at night and first thing in the morning. Her strong relationship with her God was demonstrated by His grace of her longevity.
Unfortunately, Eldora was widowed at a very early age. In order to provide for her family she worked as a domestic for thirty years. Eldora devoted her life to caring for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was even blessed to be introduced to her great-great grandchildren.
Eldora enjoyed gardening, cooking, watching Soap Operas and singing. She sang faithfully on the Senior Gospel Choir at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Church in Cross Hill until her health began to decline. Her home was a favorite place for family and friends to gather because she made everyone who entered feel welcome and like everyone who entered feel welcome and like family. Whether she was sharing her wonderful cooking or her sage wisdom, everyone enjoyed being in her presence.
Eldora was a spiritual and religious woman who had a personal relationship with Christ exemplified by her God fearing principles which she instilled in all with whom she came in contact. Asked at her 102nd birthday party how she managed tor remain mentally and physically healthy at one hundred-two years of age, she said that she knew how to pray.
June 25, 2019, two months shy of her 103rd birthday, Eldora Anderson Adkins passed with dignity and grace and was received into Eternity from Prisma Health Laurens County in Clinton, South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Clarence Adkins; her parents, Dora Lee Gary and Murray Anderson; her grandparent, Dan and Mattie McGowan; one grandson, Andrew Davis; her siblings; Luella Pressley, Matte Clinton, and Eugene James Eboe; her brothers-in-law, John Henry Pressley and Sadie Clinton, her sister-in-law, Walter Grant, Sr.
Precious memories and a legacy of faith, family and love will always remain alive and well in the hearts of the loved ones of Mrs. Eldora Adkins. They include her four children: Shirley (Earl) Anderson, Berry Davis, Lillie Kay Grant, and John Edward Atkinson; thirteen grandchildren: Deborah Anderson, Kevin Anderson, Farrell (Serrita)) Anderson, Charlene Anderson and Earl (Lamika) Anderson, Jr., Leon (Melissa) Davis, Tammy (Steve) Williams, Walter Grant, Jr., Russell (Pamela) Grant, April (John) Jackson, Cassandra Davis, Kevika Atkinson and John Earl Davis; thirty-five great-grandchildren: Brittany, Taylor, Solomon, Miranda, Seth, Katlyn, Alicia, Dwayne, Ralph, Diamond, Nyseria, Farrell, Jr., Brielle, Isaiah, Emmanuel, David, Channira, Nyiesha, Shay, AJ, Tamara, BJ, Shauna, Mykel, Keydre, Mika, Natassia, Zyme, Russell Z., Isis, Shytiana, Armani, Mentrez, Quavious and Micah; eight great-grandchildren; a loyal and loving friend and neighbor, Mrs. Sally Suber; numerous kind and supportive nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.