A funeral service for H.C. Akins, 91, of Miller Grove will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Miller Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Howard Strickland and the Rev. Jerry Lowrey officiating.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdsay, Feb. 20, at the church.
Interment will follow in Miller Grove Cemetery with Michael Anthony, Dustyn Anthony, Chad Anthony, Garrett Anthony, John Brashear, Robert Adams, Tony Rowbotham and Coltin Rowbotham serving as pallbearers.
Mr. Akins died Sunday morning, Feb. 17, 2013, at his Miller Grove residence.
H.C. Akins was born June 30, 1921, in Miller Grove to Albert Braxton Akins and Mattie Mae Burns Akins.
He married Mary Lou Ferguson Nov. 25, 1943. She survives.
Mr. Akins graduated in 1939 from Miller Grove High School, where he was on the track and basketball teams. In 1941, he received his teaching certificate from East Texas State Teachers College. He became a teacher at Greenbriar School before he was drafted into the United States Army in 1942. He was an Army staff sergeant, serving in the South Pacific during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart. After his military service, he resumed teaching as well as coaching basketball in Jayton, Texas.
In 1946, he moved to Dallas, where he became employed with Sears and Roebuck, retiring from the company in 1983, after 37 years of employment.
Their Miller Grove home was built in 1972, and they moved from Dallas back to Miller Grove full time in 1977. He was active in the Methodist Church, first at Brandon Avenue Methodist Church in Dallas and later at Miller Grove United Methodist Church.
Other survivors include one daughter, Carol Dunn and her husband, Billy, of Miller Grove; one son-in-law, Jerry Lowrey of Red Oak; grandchildren Michael Anthony and his wife, Tammy, of Red Oak, Kellie Rowbotham and her husband,Tony, of Garland, Dena Brashear and her husband, John, of Red Oak and Kimberly Adams and her husband, Robert, of Rockwall; nine great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and his sister, Mildred Wheat of Royse City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Linda Kay Lowrey; and four brothers, Albert, Fred, Leroy and Freeman.
Memorials may be made to Miller Grove United Methodist Church or Cemetery, c/o Johnny Ferguson, 8320 Farm Road 2653 south, Cumby, Texas 75433; or to VITAS Hospice Care l, 8585 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 700, South Tower, Dallas, Texas 75247.
Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.
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