Raymond W. Akins, 75, of Chattanooga, died on Sunday, June 17, 2012, after a hard-fought battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Alzheimer’s.
Mr. Akins was a native of Chattanooga and had moved to Florida for a few years before returning to the Chattanooga area four years ago. He was a member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church where he belonged to the Pioneer Sunday School Class.
Mr. Akins earned his associate's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chattanooga State and graduated from UTC with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was previously employed at American Lava which became 3M and then retired from TVA as a mechanical engineer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Maggie Akins.
Surviving are his loving wife of 55 years, Patsy Locklear Akins; daughter, Robin (Phil) Shinholser; granddaughter, Sarah Shinholser; brother, Floyd Dewayne Akins; sisters, Agnes Johnson and Annette Rhodes; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church with Reverend Larry Dial and Reverend Mark Womack officiating.
Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga or Jones Memorial United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, and Florist, 404 South Moore Road.
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