Most Worshipful Alan Wayne Adkins was born in Stuart, Virginia, on January 30, 1948. He graduated from Stuart High School, received an A.A. Degree in Business Administration from Ferrum College and a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He was employed by R. J. Reynolds - Patrick County Memorial Hospital from January 1973, as Assistant Administrator-Chief Financial Officer then Administrator until his election as Grand Secretary November 1997. He is a veteran of the United States Army.
Brother Adkins was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on September 11, 1971, in Mountain Home Lodge No. 263. He is a Life Member in Perpetuity and Honorary member and served as its Worshipful Master in 1977 and as Secretary from 1978 to 1991. He is currently the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of California, near Virginia. He served as Grand Master of Masons in Virginia in 1997.
Brother Adkins holds honorary membership in Westhampton Lodge No. 302, where he is currently serving as Secretary, and holds honorary membership in seven other Lodges. He is a member of the Valleys of Danville and Richmond, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and was invested Knight Commander Court of Honour in 1995, coroneted a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1999 and awarded the Grand Cross in 2011. He holds membership in Lynchburg Royal Arch Chapter No. 10; Bayard Commandery No. 15; William T. Buckner Council No. 130, Allied Masonic Degrees; Saint Polycarp Conclave, Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine; Virginia College Societas Rosicruiciana; Commonwealth York Rite College No. 50; King Darius Council No. 17, Knight Masons; Virginia Chapter of the Philalethes Society; Kazim Shrine Center; Roanoke Court No. 59, Royal Order of Jesters; Royal Order of Scotland and the National Sojourners, Richmond-Fort Lee Chapter. He is a Past Patron of Stuart Chapter No. 25, Order of Eastern Star. He is a recipient of the Honorary Legion of Honor from DeMolay International, the Christopher Champlin Medal from the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, the Phillip C. Tucker Medal from the Grand Lodge of Vermont, the Order of the Purple Cross from the York Rite Sovereign College of North America, and the George Washington Distinguished Service Medal from the Grand Lodge of Virginia.
He was married to the former Gerri Stone (now deceased) for almost thirty-nine years. They have a daughter, Amanda, who lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband, Ryan, and a son, Robert, who lives in Henrico, Virginia, with his wife, Linsey, and daughter, Brooklyn. He is an active member, Deacon and Moderator in Mechanicsville Baptist Church.