George Clifford Adkins, 81, of 2391 Philpott Drive, Bassett, died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem. He was born Jan. 8, 1924, in Philpott to George Milton Adkins and Nannie Belle Cruise. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Adkins and brother, James Adkins. He served in the Army during World War II, landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day and served in Rhineland, Northern France and Central Europe. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, World War II Victory Ribbon and European Service Ribbon. He was a truck driver and dispatcher with Virginia Carolina Freight Lines for 32 years. He was a member of the Bassett Volunteer Fire Department and the Bassett Volunteer Rescue Squad for 10 years each; the Bassett Ruritan Club; a past Commander of American Legion Post 11; and a member of First Baptist Church of Basset; Surviving are his wife, Grace Inez Adkins of the home; two daughters, Glenna Rueda and Gay Minton, both of Bassett; two sons, Gene Adkins of Martinsville and Mike Adkins of Bassett; two sisters, Estelle Ore of Henry and Barbara Knowles of Meadows of Dan; a brother, Ralph G. Adkins of Collinsville; seven grandchildren; one step-grandchild; five great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Bassett with the Rev. Lew Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Henry Memorial Park. The family will receive friends today from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the church. Collins Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.