Jappy Akins, age 83, passed away peacefully February 29, 2020 at the home in which he was born, surrounded by his loving family. After graduating from Statesboro High School in 1954, he embarked on a lifetime career of farming row crops, raising Duroc hogs and Angus cows. Jappy was an avid fox hunter where the only kind of fox dog was a Walker hound. His strong, unwavering faith for the Lord can be seen through his commitment to Middleground Primitive Baptist Church. He served as a deacon for almost 40 years, song leader and treasurer. He was kind, honest, hard working, fun loving and a God fearing man.
Jappy was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Iris Akins; four brother-in-laws and two nephews.
Surviving are his loving wife of 43 years, Charlotte Jarriel Akins; four adoring daughters, Denise (Charlie) Young, Donna (Allen) Carnes, Beth (Alan) Spence and Jessica (Michael) Hood; his sister, Etta Anne Groover; four sister-in-laws; thirteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Middleground Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Buck Grantham, Elder Steve Taylor and Wendell Brannen conducting the service.
Burial will follow in the Middleground Primitive Baptist Church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Wendell Brannen, Hal Cromley, Cliff Groover, John Groover, Vernon Jowers and Claude Robertson.
Visitation will be Monday, March 2, 2020 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. at Deal Funeral Directors.
Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Middleground Primitive Baptist Church, ℅ Donald Donaldson, 1036 Golf Club Road, Statesboro, GA 30458 or to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459.
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