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Michelle Lee ‘Shelly’ Adkins, 47, of Savannah, Georgia, died Friday morning, August 6, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital.

Born in Rock Island, Illinois, she was a daughter of the late Charles ‘Bud’ Adkins and the late Sharon Ann Lind Slama. Michelle was raised in Milan and Taylor Ridge, IL and graduated high school in Spartanburg, SC. Michelle attended Savannah College of Art and Design and Armstrong State University. A talented artist, Michelle enjoyed teaching others and encouraged their artistic development. Michelle also enjoyed pottery, jewelry design, and spending time with her family and friends. Michelle brought sweetness and love to all those she came in contact with and will be remembered for her silliness, hugs, love and compassion for others, and for her sweet smile and laugh.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Sharon Ann Lind Slama; father, Charles ‘Bud’ Adkins; sister, Candice Duval Williams; aunt, Sandra Lenz; uncle, James ‘Jim’ Johnston.

Survivors include her sister, Alicia ‘Ally’ Marie Slama and fiancé, Logan Ineichen; nephew, Christian Lorenzen of Bettendorf, IA; brother, Cary Joseph Hinze and wife, Lori Hinze; nephew, Keaton Hinze and niece, Kylie Hinze of Simpsonville, SC; brother-in-law, Vernon Craig Williams; nephews, Alex Williams and Max Williams of Irmo,SC; step-father, John Michael Slama of Davenport, IA; aunt, Marlene Russell of Moline, IL; uncle, Robert Johnston; aunt, Vicki Johnston, cousins, Thomas Lenz and Wendy Vandemark, and many more extended family who loved her dearly.

Michelle requested no official service, and requested that her family and friends remain positive and happy.

Online Condolences

  1. Joe Dyer says:

    I was shocked to learn of Michelle’s passing. I only knew her for a short time, less than a year, but she was always very pleasant in our shared experiences. Condolences to her family and friends. Sincerely, Joe Dyer

  2. Grant says:

    I will miss you.
    Love always,

  3. Pam says:

    My sweet Shelly Belly! You were always my girl! I have so many fun memories with you, learning to tie your shoe on my front porch. Or chasing the ice cream man down to get a second ice cream cone. You were beautiful inside and out and your giggle was so exhilarating. You are deeply missed.
    To Cary and Alicia and your families, I have no words that will make you feel any better because I know that this is an incredibly difficult time for you. Please reach out should you have any need for anything. Take comfort knowing you’re not alone through all of this. I am so sorry for what you are facing, and all that you’re going through.
    With love to you and your family,
    Pam (Davis) Gainey

  4. Terry says:

    We were shocked to hear of Shelly’s passing. I lived next door to Shelly’s Grandparents, Alice and Hardin. Shelly was about 9 or 10 if I remember correctly and was such a pleasant and friendly girl. Shelly came over frequently to chat and see what we were doing.
    She loved playing with my dog Jack. Condolences to Shelly’s family!!!

  5. Sandi says:

    I met Shelly at Candy’s wedding. My husband Tom and I flew out from California and I was so excited to meet his aunt Sherry and all his first cousins. We haven’t been married long at the time. Shelly was in her 20’s and was often standing to the side holding / had her arm around, her little sister Alicia as they waited to take pictures. They reminded me of my older sister and I who were inseparable at any event. Cary was running back and forth making sure things ran smoothly while checking in on his wife who was expecting, and of course Candy just glowed. I met aunt Sherry who had a striking resemblance to her sister/my mother in law Sandy. Shelly came over and joined our conversation as to just wanting to take care of everybody. Shelly was so sweet. We talked and laughed and I was having such a nice time. I was a stranger but felt so welcomed.

    It is difficult to fathom how tragedy has struck this family. I saw how these four siblings, Cary, Candy, Shelly and little Alicia interacted and communicated with each other throughout our trip – the bond was heartfelt to see. Cary, I was so happy you came to visit us. I got to know you a bit better and know what a good brother, dad, business man you are. Alicia and Cary, my heart goes out to you and all those that are close to you. I pray that time heals the pain as the scars strengthens the heart. Shelly leaves us much too soon but she leaves loved and remembered by all the people she touched. My prayers are with you both during this difficult time.

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