Vinettie Adkins was born March 17, 1921 in Gulfport Mississippi to parents Myria Powell McNair and Arter McNair. She grew up on a pleasant farm with two older siblings where she had her own horse. She was so small that the hourse would bend down dor her to grabe its mane and hoisted up onto its back ehwn she wanted to ride.
Vinettie often talked about having fun on the farm and especifically the broken Model-T that the kids would push up the hill and get in and let it roll down the hill. It was their own amusement park ride.
She remembered visiting her grandmother's grocery store where she picked up pickles, crackers, and sardines. Her grandmother also sold honey from her beehives and Vinettie enjoyed watching the bees from afar. It was a rere occurrence for black woman to own a store even through it was very small.
Her early life on the farm taught Vinettie many skills, most notably to her grandchildren was her homemade jelly from grapes she grew in her backyard. In 1938 Vinettie married Robert Adkins and mover North to Evanston, Illinois during the Great Migration after first trying out Chicago. Evanston had a country feel and was "much more quiet than the city" It remainded her of home. People were nice, neighbore care, it was a community. She told Robert this is the place.
Vinettie departed this life on Friday, July 1, 2022 in the comfort of her home.
She leaves behind on daughter Myra Young, four granderters: Deborah Young, Catherine Young Morris, Pamela Young Smith and Tracy Young; Seven great-grandchildren: James Morris, Rashad young, Zachary Smith, Christopher Smith, Hunter Smith, Dillon Smith, and Brooke Jones; nephew James Kimmons and niece Betty Guidry. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director
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