George Robert Akin, Sr., 77, of Monticello passed away on August 8, 2018, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.
He was born August 26, 1940, in Monticello, to the late Cecil Woodrow Akin and Christine Bostian Akin.
Mr. Akin was born and raised in Drew County and was very proud of it. He would always say the air was better in Drew County.
He graduated Monticello High School where he found the love of his life, Patricia Busby. He worked at Safeway/Harvest Foods for more than 44 years. There he met so many people and kept up with their families. He loved his Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church where he was a member. He had an incredible love for horses. He loved nothing more than to see a horse develop into something outstanding. He loved his family, which not only meant blood but his large extended family, enjoying every moment they had together. He loved watching the interaction of them and smiled as he watched. He was everyone’s Papa George. He taught his children that respect and kindness is a must. Caring for people and helping others was just born in him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Cecil Akin, Jr.
Survivors are his wife of 59 years, Patricia Busby Akin of Monticello; a daughter, Anita A. Tennyson and husband Drew; a son, George Robert Akin, Jr. and wife Cindy T. Akin; grandchildren, Justin Michael Evans (Kimberly), Ashley E. Kussman (Larry), Britni L. Akin (Chase Lott), Tess Tennyson, Kinsley L. Vickers (Hunter); great grandchildren, Boston Akin, Claire Evans, Adam Kussman, Jake Evans, Brycen Kussman and Owen Evans; the Busby and Akin clans; a brother from another mother, Gordan Hopkins (Tibby); and two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Maesenholder and Sarah Garate.
Visitation will be held at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello on Satuday, August 11 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Monticello on Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Monticello.