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34550 Highway 43
PO Box 635
Thomasville, AL 36784
Phone: 334-636-4456
Fax: 334-636-0056
John Akins, Sr.

John Kemp Akins, Sr.

July 2, 1935 - June 28, 2020
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John Kemp "Coach" Akins, Sr. age 84 of Linden, AL died June 28 2020 at Hale County Hospital. He was born July 2, 1935 in Walker County, AL to Henry Grady and Claudine Akins. He was a high school coach for 17 years and served as a high school official for the state of Alabama. He taught swimming lessons to many children in Linden and also built swimming pools. He was inducted into the Marengo County Sports Hall of Fame and was honorable mention in the State Hall of Fame. He never met a stranger. He was a mason and a member of Linden Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Pate Akins; six children, Kem Akins (Kathy), David Akins, Teri Moore (Steve), Patrick Akins (Leigh), Paul Akins, and Glen Akins (Amy Jo); 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by grandson, Daniel Akins.

His family will receive visitors at the graveside of Linden Memorial Park on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 10:30 am until the 11:00 am service time.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Marengo County Sports Hall of Fame.

Arrangements by O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home.
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    July 1, 2020 | 11:00am
    July 1, 2020 11:00am
    Linden Memorial Park
    1117 East Coats Avenue
    LINDEN, AL 36748
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Berneal Ellison

Posted at 08:17am
David, I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. I loss my dad in 2012 so I know your feelings. I remember our talks about your dad and Linden football. I know your dad was a big influence in your life. I know you will carry on your dad’s legacy. Telesa and I will pray for you during this time of loss. Coach Ellison and Telesa Ellison

Dorothy Brown Tarter

Posted at 01:47am
Dear Barbara, Kem, David, and Family...Mom and I just found out about John today...we of course are deeply sadden by his all were so much a part of our special Thomaston memories...l remember when we would drive over from Sweet Water and visit, and Kem, David, and I would play football in the front yard while you and John, Mom and Dad would visit...We know this is a huge loss...John was such a loving and strong presence in your family, as Dad was in ours...Ya'll will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead...and we hope that special memories will bring you peace and comfort in time...
With Love and Sympathy,
Wanda Brown and Dorothy Brown Tarter

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Posted at 01:27pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers. Dirk and Michelle Berry
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Leigh Lewis Jackson

Posted at 08:24pm
Sending love, hugs and prayers. Mr. John was a sweet man and my favorite umpire in basketball and softball. Was always a blessing to see him and get my hug.

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Posted at 10:32am
Sorry for your loss . Prayers for peace. Keith, Regina and Gibson Madison
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