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Mother and son killed in fire worked at Walmart

Funeral services have not yet been set for a mother and her adult son who died when their home burned to the ground.

Police say Patsy Bevins, 71, and her son, 42-year-old George Bevins Jr., were confirmed dead in the fire, which occurred at the Bevins home on U.S. 119 near KY 3400 in the early morning hours on November 5.

A fire investigator from Kentucky State Police will determine the cause of the fire, however, one firefighter suggested that a faulty heating system may be to blame. Many house fires occur when residents first turn on heat as the temperature drops in fall.

Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens said the 911 center at Hazard received the initial call at 5:03 a.m. Friday, and firefighters arrived at 5:16 a.m. The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Patsy Faye Bevins, 71, was born at Shelby Gap to Creed Adkins Jr. and Louanna Arnette Adkins.

Described as a devoted mother and grandmother who was “always there to comfort, support and encourage the ones she loved the most,” Mrs. Bevins was an associate at Walmart in Whitesburg from which she retired. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Pound, Va. She was preceded in death by her father, CreedAdkins Jr.Surviving in addition to her mother are her sister, Donna Gibson and her husband Michael; her brother, Doug Adkins, two daughters, Melanie Baker and Shad, and EmilyBevins and Jimmy; three granddaughters, Alyssa, Alexis, and Kennedy, and
a grandson Landon. George Edward BevinsJr., 41, was born in Wise, Va., to George Edward BevinsSr. and Patsy AdkinsBevins.Mr. Bevins was a longtime associate at  Walmart in Whitesburg. He was a sports enthusiast and his favorite team was the New England Patriots. Friends and family members say he loved foods with peanut butter, including Reese’s Cups. “This thing he loved most was his nieces and nephew,” his obituary says.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Creed Adkins, George W. Bevins, and Carrie Elswick Bevins.

Surviving in addition to his father are two sisters, Melanie Bevins Baker and Shad, and Emily Bevins and Jimmy; three nieces and a nephew, Alyssa, Alexis, Landon, and Kennedy; and his grandmother, Louanna Adkins.

Carty Funeral Home in Jenkins has charge of arrangements.

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