Valdosta Daily Times

November 13, 2013

Dorothy Parrish Akins


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Dorothy Parrish Akins, 91, of Nashville died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Langdale Hospice House.

She was born Aug. 9, 1922, in Nashville to the late Shellie W. and Lena Taylor Parrish.

She graduated from Nashville High School in 1939, as class valedictorian. She was an ABAC graduate where she was on the Debate Team and voted “Most Intellectual.” She 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. 

She 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 she was a homemaker and neighbor to all for almost 70 years. She 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, New Lois Community Club and Berrien County Retired Teachers Association. She was surely a member of “the Greatest Generation.”

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, John T. “Pete” Akins; and 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., Julie Ann and Leah Akins of Nashville; and 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucy Akins, of Nashville; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at 3 p.m.  in Community United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Bridges, the Rev. Wayne Mitchell, and Elder Thad Marshall officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today.

Memorials are requested to the Community United Methodist Church or the Pleasant Cemetery Fund, c/o Louis Fountain, 5458 Old Valdosta Road, Nashville, GA 31639.— Lovein Funeral Home. Nasvhille