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 Francis “Fran” Akins

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Francis “Fran” Akins

Birth
Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
Death
24 Oct 2011 (aged 84)
Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
Burial
Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
Plot
3B-7D-1
Memorial ID
79309582 View Source

Francis L. "Fran" Akins

Francis L. "Fran" Akins, 84, of Battle Creek went Home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday morning, October 25, 2011. Fran, who is part of the Record Books with the City of Battle Creek for being the first baby born at the newly constructed Battle Creek (Leila) Hospital was born February 17, 1927, the son of Francis L. and Pauline E. (Devereaux) Akins and graduated from Homer High School in 1945. He retired in 1980 from Phil Walter's Auto Specialists after more than 30 years of faithful service as an incredible, honest & trustworthy mechanic.
Fran married his loving wife of more than 50 years, Wanda M. Phillips, in Battle Creek on February 5, 1961; she survives. He is also survived by his daughters, Corlinda (Gregory) Quinn of Idaho and Dawn (James) Clayton of Mississippi; a son, Timothy Akins of Florida; 3 grandsons, Scott (Tracy) Reedy, Chad Akins and James Clayton; a granddaughter, Laura Clayton and nephews, Dan Akins and William Akins Jr. Fran is further survived by a very large extended family including his beloved "Newman Clan" and several other cousins. He was sadly preceded in death by his son, Mikelynn Akins; his parents and 2 brothers, William Akins and Theodore Akins.
Fran was an active member of the Sons of the Union Veterans in Marshall, the Calhoun County Historical Society and the South Side Bible Church. Fran served for many years on the Color/ Honor Guard for the Post Band concerts.
A devout Christian, Fran loved his Lord, reading his Bible and being with his church family. An incredible woodworker, he enjoyed making bird houses and furniture. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and landscaping. Fran even turned his property into his own personal sanctuary.
Family was so important to Fran. He was very interested in Genealogy and assisted his wife, Wanda, in creating and publishing the Devereaux Family History. He always went the extra step for his children and loved being with his grandchildren and the entire family.
At the request of the family, they will receive friends 2:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Funeral services to celebrate Fran's life will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2011 at the South Side Bible Church 4515 W. Beckley Road, Battle Creek. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the South Side Bible Church. Personal messages for the family may be placed by clicking the link below. These messages will remain private. The messages will be printed and given to the family.

Francis L. "Fran" Akins

Francis L. "Fran" Akins, 84, of Battle Creek went Home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday morning, October 25, 2011. Fran, who is part of the Record Books with the City of Battle Creek for being the first baby born at the newly constructed Battle Creek (Leila) Hospital was born February 17, 1927, the son of Francis L. and Pauline E. (Devereaux) Akins and graduated from Homer High School in 1945. He retired in 1980 from Phil Walter's Auto Specialists after more than 30 years of faithful service as an incredible, honest & trustworthy mechanic.
Fran married his loving wife of more than 50 years, Wanda M. Phillips, in Battle Creek on February 5, 1961; she survives. He is also survived by his daughters, Corlinda (Gregory) Quinn of Idaho and Dawn (James) Clayton of Mississippi; a son, Timothy Akins of Florida; 3 grandsons, Scott (Tracy) Reedy, Chad Akins and James Clayton; a granddaughter, Laura Clayton and nephews, Dan Akins and William Akins Jr. Fran is further survived by a very large extended family including his beloved "Newman Clan" and several other cousins. He was sadly preceded in death by his son, Mikelynn Akins; his parents and 2 brothers, William Akins and Theodore Akins.
Fran was an active member of the Sons of the Union Veterans in Marshall, the Calhoun County Historical Society and the South Side Bible Church. Fran served for many years on the Color/ Honor Guard for the Post Band concerts.
A devout Christian, Fran loved his Lord, reading his Bible and being with his church family. An incredible woodworker, he enjoyed making bird houses and furniture. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and landscaping. Fran even turned his property into his own personal sanctuary.
Family was so important to Fran. He was very interested in Genealogy and assisted his wife, Wanda, in creating and publishing the Devereaux Family History. He always went the extra step for his children and loved being with his grandchildren and the entire family.
At the request of the family, they will receive friends 2:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Funeral services to celebrate Fran's life will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2011 at the South Side Bible Church 4515 W. Beckley Road, Battle Creek. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the South Side Bible Church. Personal messages for the family may be placed by clicking the link below. These messages will remain private. The messages will be printed and given to the family.


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  • Created by: Brenda Ozog
  • Added: 26 Oct 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 79309582
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/79309582/francis-akins: accessed ), memorial page for Francis “Fran” Akins (17 Feb 1927–24 Oct 2011), Find a Grave Memorial ID 79309582, citing Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA; Maintained by Brenda Ozog (contributor 47127449) .