Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Claris (Adkins) Kemplin

Claris (Adkins) Kemplin, age 79, longtime Shelby resident, died late Monday night, August 10, 2020 at Mansfield Memorial Homes.

Claris was born April 9, 1941 in Frenchburg, Menifee County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Elwood and Nannie (Ferguson) Adkins. Claris was a homemaker and a member of Greenwich Baptist Church. Her main hobby was her family as they brought her the most joy and reason to live, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

On November 8, 1957, Claris married Henry Edward “Ed” Kemplin, Sr. and he preceded her in death on November 15, 2004. Also preceding her in death were her parents; twin infant siblings: Darrell and Carol; and 2 sisters: Della Neeley and Dorothy Steele.

Survivors include her four children and their spouses: Henry Edward (Teresa) Kemplin, Jr. of Crestline, Marsha (Greg) Chase of Mansfield, Terri (James) Howard of Shelby, and Pam (Chuck) Ridenour of Shelby; 14 grandchildren; 48 great grandchildren with one on the way; 4 great great grandchildren; siblings: Rev. S.T. Adkins, Mary (Jim) Amburgey, Wanda Manning, Earl (Rose) Adkins, John (Karen) Adkins, Bob Adkins, Rev. Gary (Joyce) Adkins, and Phyllis (Larry) Hammons; brother-in-law: John (Carole) Kemplin; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 5-8 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10:30 am. Her brothers, Rev. Gary Adkins and Rev. S.T. Adkins, will officiate the services and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice in gratitude for their outstanding and compassionate care for Claris, specifically Angela, Marty, and Monica. Contributions for Southern Care Hospice can be left in care of the funeral home.

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, both the family and the funeral home wish that everyone remains safe. Therefore, we ask that visitors be mindful of current restrictions and pay respects appropriately and promptly, without linger.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on Claris’ obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Mike and Karen Barnett says:

    You will always be with us in our hearts. Love you Aunt Claris.

    The Rose Beyond The Wall – A. L. Frink

    Near a shady wall a rose once grew,
    Budded and blossomed in God’s free light,
    Watered and fed by the morning dew,
    Shedding it’s sweetness day and night.

    As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
    Slowly rising to loftier height,
    It came to a crevice in the wall
    Through which there shone a beam of light.

    Onward it crept with added strength
    With never a thought of fear or pride,
    It followed the light through the crevice’s length
    And unfolded itself on the other side.

    The light, the dew, the broadening view
    Were found the same as they were before,
    And it lost itself in beauties new,
    Breathing it’s fragrance more and more.

    Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
    And make our courage faint and fall?
    Nay! Let us faith and hope receive–
    The rose still grows beyond the wall,

    Scattering fragrance far and wide
    Just as it did in days of yore,
    Just as it did on the other side,
    Just as it will forever-more.

  2. Judy Halk says:

    Dearest Adkins family.
    I’m so sorry to hear the passing of Claris.
    Adopted Dad, S.T we just spoke about your sister yesterday evening. You asked me to continue to pray. I honored that request.
    God needed her more in Heaven.
    Heaven is rejoicing as she walks the streets of Gold.
    You and your family have my deepest sympathy.
    Remember it’s not Good-bye, rather see you later.
    Love and prayers.

  3. Mark Wondrash says:

    John and family. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. I had the pleasure of meeting most of the family when I worked with and being around Roger and Elaine.

  4. Barbara fidler says:

    Pamela, so so sorry for the loss of your mom! Cherish and embrace all of the great memories with your mom. Hugs my friend….Barb

  5. Louann Steiner says:

    Marsha, Pam and families,
    Our deepest sympathies for your loss.

  6. Connie Sutton says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family. To Pastors S.T.and Pastor Gray Adkins. You be in my prayers.

  7. Mary Linn says:

    To all of Claris’s family so sorry for your loss. Claris was such a beautiful person. She loved her family and she loved the Lord. She is now resting in the arms of Jesus. Will always remember her and our talks. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and keep you close to Him at this time.

  8. Sharon Keyser says:

    So Sorry for the Loss of Your Loved One!

  9. George Ramey says:

    To the Adkins Family…sorry to hear about Claris…thoughts and prayers to you all.

  10. Tresa Mathews says:

    Pam, So sorry for the loos of your Mom. She was such a nice lady with a great sense of humor. I’m sure she will be missed. My prayers for you my friend.

  11. Jackie HardinThompsong says:

    My heart breaks to read this, My only hope is that she is pain free now and in Heaven with your father and other family members she has missed. I have very fond memories of Clara and Ed and of course all of us as children. I think, had our dad not passed away we would have had more memories ourselves to share and become even closer but moving away, although might have been best for mom, wasn’t the best for us kids. Hugs to all of you. She was truly a wonderful person and her faith in God was always a beautiful thing to me, I always loved to hear a story or even hear her sing or hum a little hymn. Love you all. My mom is up there seeing her friend right now. She truly loves Clara.
    Jackie Harding Thompson

  12. Lorna Albert says:

    Marsha, Pam and families,
    Thoughts and prayers to all.

  13. Florence Nead says:

    So Sorry for the Loss thoughts and prayers to you all.

  14. Ann Swank says:

    Terri- so sorry for your loss, keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers

  15. Barb mullins says:

    Terry , Neil and Ross and family..I had just recently met Claris. She was a beautiful woman! She was full of love and spunk. Her sense of family was clear and her humor she loved to smile and said what she thought. I am honored to have known her. She loved her family! Thats for sure
    Please be at peace shes with the Lord. Xoxo

  16. Valerie Harritos says:

    Greg, Marsha, and family,
    So sorry for the loss. May God give you comfort and peace in this difficult
    time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  17. Dianna Hamilton says:

    We are saddened by the loss of Sis Claris.She was a wonderful beautiful lady.I pray God will lift you and all her precious family up.She is home now with her Lord Jesus Christ,And so many others that she loved that has gone on.Thank you Lord for the Place called Heaven.We will all be there one day Praise God.!!!We love this family And I trust the comforting hand of Jesus Christ will give them the peace they need.

  18. James R. Eakins says:

    Dear family of Claris,
    Barbara and I have you in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. I remember Claris as a faithful shopper at Great Scot. I can see her now in my mind’s eye. The entire Adkins family has always been special to me.
    Jim Eakins

  19. Barbara Kemplin says:

    Heaven gained another angel the day you left us. I will miss your hugs and words of wisdom. You always had good advise and a big heart. You are now with your two favorites in heaven, our Heavenly Father and Uncle Ed. Love and miss you!

  20. Rhonda Little says:

    To all the family, we are sorry to hear aunt Claris passed away and she will be greatly missed by all. Take comfort in knowing she is in a better place. Her sickness is now gone, but there is a large hole in our hearts. I pray God will comfort you all as only he can! She is just one step ahead of us. Sorry we can’t be there with you all but you are in our thoughts & prayers! Love you all! Rest In Peace aunt Claris until we meet again. May God bless you all!

  21. Dennis and Kathy Robey says:

    I can only imagine what she is seeing. Her husband, parents, and other family members, colors beyond description, streets of gold, and most importantly the One who loves her most…Jesus. We love you Aunt Claris. Hugs and love to each of her kids and grandkids. We are praying for you all.

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