James Edward Akin, age 76, of Hamburg, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 30, 2008, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock, AR. He was born January 5, 1932, in Greenville, MS, to the late George Roy Akin and Lizzie Louise Hackman Akin. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Earl Akin; and a sister, Juanita Halley.
He was a retired school superintendent and basketball coach and was a member of the Southside Baptist Church of Hamburg. He was ordained as a deacon on December 11, 1988, at Parkdale Baptist Church, where he was a member for many years. Coach Akin enjoyed much success as a basketball coach and coached senior boys, junior boys, senior girls and junior girls in the Humnoke, Wilmar and Parkdale School Districts from 1959-1989.
His coaching career included Humnoke (1959-1961), Wilmar (1961-1964) and Parkdale (1964-1989).
He was inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Ashley County Sports Hall of Fame. At Parkdale, his overall record was 937 wins and 135 losses, which is an 87.5% winning percentage. Coach Akin's record also included 2 Overall Semifinalists, 3 State Titles, 3 State Runner-Ups, and 89 Tournament Titles.
Mr. Akin is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joy Burton Akin of Hamburg; three daughters, Darlene Skender and husband, Paul, of Crossett, Wendy Dailey and husband, John Allen, of Hamburg, and Tana Vail and husband, Jerry, of Hamburg; one brother, Joe Akin and wife, Barbara, of Monticello; six grandchildren, Brian Skender of Monticello, Stephanie Hoops of Crossett, Kim Johnson of Hamburg, Tiffany Dailey of Cabot, Tarrah Smithson of Hickory, NC, and Brittany Weeks of Bryant; and nine great-grandchildren, Cole Skender of Monroe, LA, Wyatt Hoops of Little Rock, Dalton Hoops of Crossett, Jaylon, Logan and Kenslie Johnson of Hamburg, Steele Smithson of Hickory, NC, Sydney Smithson of Hot Springs and Anna Claire Weeks of Bryant; and a host of extended friends and family.
Funeral services were held October 4 at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home with the Revs. Charles Pullin and Buddy Lemons officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Paul Halley, Kenny Akin, Thomas Akin, Eddie Gardner, Steve Burton, Wade McDonald, Herman Black and Dan Harris.
Honorary pallbearers were Harry Dunigan, Benny Gilliam, Joey Akin, Raymond Akin, Mark Burton, Gerald Jones, Frank Anthony, Carl Tolefree, Allen Everett, Elbert Cossey, Randy Akin, Calvin Halley, Tony Burton, Danny Ebbs and Donnie Bailey.
Memorials may be made to the James Edward and Joy Dell Akin Endowment Fund, University of Arkansas at Monticello, P.O. Box 3520, Monticello, AR 71656.