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Fagan Roy Akins
September 15, 1937 ~ July 30, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Fagan “Roy” Akins, age 85, of Chatsworth, Georgia, passed away Sunday, July 30,
2023 at Orchard Ridge Residences in Dalton, Georgia.
Roy was born in San Saba County, Texas on September 15, 1937, to the late George Leonard and Annie Gazell Akins. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Nona Elizabeth (Grady) Akins, and his brother, Leonard Frank Akins of Cedar Creek, Texas, and his two sisters, Annie Mildred Dodds and Bobbye Ruth Slaughter of Brady, Texas.
Roy is survived by his children/spouses, Timothy and Lisa Akins, Donald and Dawn Akins; grandchildren, Nicole and Heath Hawkins, and Robert Akins; great-grandchildren, Caroline, Heath (“JR”), Elizabeth (“Izzie”), and Kathryn (“Kat”) Hawkins, sister-in-law, Beverly Akins of Cedar Creek, Texas, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Roy served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1959 as a parachute rigger in Hawaii at the Naval Air Station Barbers Point. While in training, Roy skydived and repaired parachutes, which led to his love for airplanes. Roy worked for Eastern Airlines for 33 years. After retiring from Eastern, he enjoyed a career in maintenance at Dalton State College and was loved by many. Over the years, Roy also restored many vintage autos to their original condition. He used his talents learned in the Navy to reupholster all of his vehicles. Roy also enjoyed gardening and pickling. He took great care of everything that he grew and his pickling will be carried on by his family but never replicated to perfection like his. Of all the things he loved, his love for his wife Nona was unrivaled. Married for 62 years, Roy’s most important goal in life was to provide for and protect Nona, and he did so well. Nona let everyone around her know how wonderful Roy was and the fairytale life they had lived. They were the model husband and wife and true partners who loved unconditionally. Roy will never be forgotten for his quiet, loving presence. He had a heart for serving others and would do anything to make sure his loved ones were happy. Although Roy was a man of few words, his love could be felt anytime he was nearby.
Arrangements made with integrity by Shawn Chapman Funeral Home, Crematory, and Monuments www.shawnhapmanfh.com