Jemima F. Akins
Jemima F. Akins, age 99, passed away at the home of her granddaughter in Bradley, IL. Sykes Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
The funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Sykes Funeral Home with Rev. Jon Justice officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Lone Oak Cemetery by her late husband Ed.
She was born in Montgomery County, TN on January 16, 1915 to the late James Franklin and Myrtle Daisy Jarrell Pritchett. She was raised and educated in Lone Oak, TN, and on May 28, 1932, married James Edward Akins. Together, they moved to Wilmington, IL in 1950, where she became active in the Wilmington Women's Club, belonged to a quilter's guild and attended First Baptist Church of Wilmington. Jemima worked in the laundry department at Manteno State Hospital and later transferred to the Shapiro Center in Kankakee, from which she retired. She was an avid gardener who loved flowers and canning her harvests. Jemima was an outstanding cook and will be remembered for her seven-layer cakes.
Survivors include one son, James Franklin Akins of Clarksville, TN; two daughters-in-law, Marlene Akins of Wilmington and Margaret Akins of Marseilles; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.
Jemima was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed (1988); children, Joyce Ann Akins, Douglas Akins, Billy Akins, Edwin Akins, Herbert Akins; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; three brothers, Earl Pritchett, Hadley Pritchett, Cecil Pritchett; three sisters, Delma Akins, Mary Thelma Jones and Vera Pritchett.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jemima's memory to the
, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601 (alz.org).
Online condolences may be made at sykesfuneralhome.com; 931-647-1562.
Sykes Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
424 Franklin Street Clarksville, TN 37040
Published in The Leaf Chronicle from June 12 to June 14, 2014