WEST PORTSMOUTH – James Laurie Eakins, 66, of West Portsmouth, died Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the V.A. Medical Center in Chillicothe. He was born July 27, 1947, at Portsmouth, the son of the late Laurie and Alice "Louise" Eakins.
Jim was a 1965 graduate of Portsmouth High School and attended Shawnee State University. He was Vietnam War Navy veteran, a member of the West Jefferson Masonic Lodge, 32 Degree Mason and a Shriner. He was an employee of MRDD where he worked as a Home Health Provider.
Surviving are his sister, Patricia Flanagan of West Portsmouth; his children, Terri Eakins Fischer of Boca Raton, Fla., Jennifer Eakins of Turlock, Calif., and Ashley Reiss of Modesto, Calif.; his grandchildren, Christopher, Tommie, Kelsea, Sierra, Caden.
Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at Melcher Funeral Home in Portsmouth. Masonic services will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Military Services by the James Dickey Post American Legion will be 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Melcher Funeral Home.