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Donald Lee Akins
We celebrate the life and legacy of Mr. Donald Lee Akins who transitioned into eternal life on September 19, 2021, at his residence. Born in Miami, Florida on March 21, 1940, he was the eldest son of Clementina and Daniel Akins. He accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and was a member of Lake Providence Missionary Baptist church since he joined in 1988.
His early education was in the Dade County School Systems, graduating from Northwestern High school in 1959. After high school, he later continued his education and received an Associate degree at Fisk University in the1961. Don remained in Nashville upon graduation and began his career at the Bellsouth Telephone Company as a technician. He remained there until he retired at the age of fifty-six. After retirement, rest was not for Don, so he began working at Thomas and Associates as a property appraiser.
He married Wanda Everett and to this union four loving children were born; Donnell, Desmond, Gabriella, and Michelle Akins.
He later married Lillie B. Tate on October 20, 1984. She was his faithful wife until his transition into eternal life.
Donald was very dedicated to his high school and classmates. He looked forward to his class reunions and proudly boasted that he attended his 20th, 30th, 40th and his last reunion he attended was his golden. Don’s favorite pastime was working with computers and other technical gadgets. He also loved to watch movies and had an extensive collection of movies in his repertoire. He was a resolute volunteer with the American Red Cross for several years.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Clementina and Daniel Akins and his daughter, Gabreilla Akins.
He is survived by his wife, Lillie B. Akins; his sons Donnell Akins (Loria) Jacksonville, FL,
Desmond Akins (Trisha) Birmingham, AL, daughter Michelle Akins of Mount Juliet, TN
and seven grandchildren LaTonya Holt Welch (Terrence), Mikeya Akins, Darren Akins, Derrick Akins, Portia Akins, Douglas Akins, Tyler Harris; brother Dr. Daniel (Dr. Sondra) Akins; sister- in laws Hattie (Reginald) Williams and Shirley Tate; nieces Dana Adeyemi (Dr. Femi Adeyemi) , Yolanda (Kevin) Kidd; Tawana Williams, Meredith Akins-Pena (Julio C. Pena); nephew James Tate, and great grandchildren Alexa Welch, Paul Anthony Welch, Aniyah Welch, Bella Akins, Dylan Akins, Layla Akins and several other relatives and friends. Visitation Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 11:30-12 with funeral to follow at Lake Providence M.B. Church. Entombment Greenwood Main.
My condolences to Lillie and the Akins family in their loss, my prayers are with you.
Pamela Berry Sep 29 2021 2:50 PM
😇 sending my prayers and condolences to my cousin Lillie and entire family. May God continue to comfort you during this time of bereavement. I pray that you all have blessed memories. I love you all. ~~ Sylvia L Williams (Marie "Sis" Smith) daughter
Sylvia L Williams Sep 28 2021 7:24 AM
So saddened to read this obit of your father.I can't remember meeting him,but I do know Donnell and Loria.They are special ppl to me.Duration of life can't compare with donation it appears he was a giving man.Psalm37:23 speaks of the steps of a good man.God ordered his steps til now and has been rewarded for a life well lived.
We wait for the reunion.
Robert Timberlake Sep 27 2021 11:17 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Donald Akins
The Rouser Family Sep 27 2021 9:06 PM
From the entire Rouser family. We love you and Don with all of our heart. We are truly going to miss seeing one without the other. Don was a great patriot of your family. You both showed so much love everytime you love birds were together. God has shined his light on you guys as bright as it can get. God stretches forth his hands on you and Don to show others that his love never fails. When God made the mold of life for you two. He said there will never be another angel as beautiful as you to.. He made you both remarkable and wonderfully special. Don has touched so many lives in ways that can only be explained through the love of God. Keep the faith Lilly God still has work for you to do. The world would be so much better off if we all had the gift of God Almighty living and breathing in all of us as you and Don has in you both. Love always, The Rouser Family. In Jesus mighty name Amen.
Alonezar Rouser Jr Sep 27 2021 9:03 PM
Donald Akins will be missed
Victor Bonds Sep 26 2021 2:13 PM
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Victor Bonds Sep 26 2021 2:12 PM
Condolences to the Family . Donald and Daniel and I were first cousins and grew up together in Miami FL. .
He was a warm gentle soul who always had a smile for you.
May he Rest in Eternal Peace.
RUDY JUDY and RAE MIMS
James R. Mims Sep 25 2021 9:25 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for your family
Gwendolyn Oakes Sep 25 2021 8:05 PM