Robert Heath Akins

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Mr. Robert Heath Akins, 81, of Nacogdoches passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. He was born in Omaha, Neb., on Sept. 19, 1931, to parents, Boyd Akins Sr. and Mattie Heath Akins. A funeral service will be officiated by Dr. Bill Gandin at the First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Navy Military Rites will be performed. Robert is preceded in death by his parents and loving wife of 50 years, Tyann Brown Akins. He is survived by his son, Stacy Akins and special friend Kay Rodgers; brother, Boyd Akins Jr. and wife Faye of New Boston, Texas; niece, Brenda Potts and husband Tommy of New Boston; nephew, Brad Akins and wife Shawn; several great nieces and nephews and other family members; as well as special caregivers, Joyce Brown, Courtney Martin and Doretha "Dodie" Freeman; and a host of dear friends. Robert grew up in New Boston, where he graduated from New Boston High School in 1950. He then served in the U.S. Navy and was discharged in 1954 after serving in the Korean War. Robert graduated Stephen F. Austin State University in 1958 with Bachelor of Science and with the passion to start his coaching career. His first coaching position was at Smiley High School in Northeast Houston. In 1968, he moved to Waltrip High School as the head baseball coach where he coached for the next eight years. He then took on the job as the director at Joe Kelly Butler Stadium. He was inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January 2005. After 31 years of teaching and coaching for the Houston ISD, Robert retired in 1986 and moved to Nacogdoches with his wife, Tyann. They then opened Stacy's Deli in 1987 with their son, Stacy. Robert enjoyed activities such as skeet shooting, Stephen F. Austin Athletics and was involved in his community where he served on the Board of Directors for the Nacogdoches Central Appraisal District. Robert was a faithful member of The First United Methodist church for 26 years. The family will receive guests at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Active pallbearers will be Keith Kiplinger, Paul Peacock, Johnny Cardenas, Chris Connally, Karl Rieger, Fred Coy, Johnnie Johnson and Charlie Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be Ned Fowler, Harold Bogan, Betty Ford, Vida Raney, La Juan Morgan, Jimmy Murphy and Paul Drawhorn. Memorial contributions may be offered to SFA Baseball Program: Bob Akins Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 13010, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962. Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2013
Robert H. Akins
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