Dorothy Parrish Akins, age 91, of Nashville, died in Langdale Hospice House on Monday, November 11, 2013.
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Mrs. Akins was born in Nashville, on August 9, 1922, to the late Shellie W. and Lena Taylor Parrish. She graduated in 1939 as class valedictorian of Nashville High School, where she was an ABAC graduate, was on the debate team, and was voted "Most Intellectual."
Mrs. Akins attended the University of Georgia, where she was elected president of Phi Upsilon Omicron--Chi Chapter, a National Honorary Society. She graduated from Valdosta State University with a degree in education.
Mrs. Akins married John T. "Pete" Akins in 1942, and they reared their family on the Centennial Akins-Parrish Farm in the New Lois Community, south of Nashville, where Mrs. Akins was a homemaker and a neighbor to all for almost 70 years.
Mrs. Akins taught school for over 25 years in Berrien County, influencing children and passing on to them her desire for learning. She was a member of Community Methodist Church, where she served in many capacities over the years; the Pine Needle Sewing Club; the New Lois Community Club; and the Berrien County Retired Teachers Association. She was surely a member of "the Greatest Generation."
In addition to her husband of 56 years, John T. "Pete" Akins, Mrs. Akins was preceded in death by her infant sisters, Sarah Nell, Martha June, and one unnamed.
She is survived by her children, John P. Akins, of Tifton, Derene Akins, of Memphis, Tenn., Philip (Joyce) Akins, of Nashville, Joy (Dickie) Dowdy, of Cordele, Amanda (Danny) Daniel, of Athens, and Brion (Susan) Akins, of Nashville; grandchildren, Lisa Akins Johnson and John P. Akins Jr., of Arkansas, Carter Akins, of Brunswick, Laura Akins, of Nashville, Rich Dowdy, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Rob Dowdy, of Cordele, Shellie Dowdy Whitaker, of Statesboro, Trey Daniel, of Marietta, Taylor Daniel, of Athens, Ty Daniel, of Charlotte, N.C., and Julie Ann and Leah Akins, of Nashville; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucy Akins, of Nashville; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, at Community United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Don Bridges, Wayne Mitchell, and Elder Thad Marshall officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Cemetery.
Memorials are requested to Community United Methodist Church or to the Pleasant Cemetery Fund, c/o Louis Fountain, 5458 Old Valdosta Rd., Nashville, GA 31639.
Lovein Funeral Home, Nashville, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Nov. 13, 2013