Jean Marilyn Akins

Born: Sun., May 23, 1948
Died: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017

Graveside Service

10:00 AM Tue., Sep. 05, 2017
Location: Greenview Cemetery

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Jean Marilyn Akins was born on May 23, 1948, along with her twin sister June Carolyn, to Garnett and Christine Akins.  She lived in the house built by her parents in Greensboro, Georgia, all her life except for the last four years when she moved to Allen, Texas, to be with her sister and her brother David (never called him brother-in-law), nephews Mark and Brian, and niece Carol and their families.  Her niece and nephews, their spouses and children, were her children and she loved to spoil them.

All her life, Jean was a member of the First Baptist Church in Greensboro where she was baptized with her sister.  She faithfully helped with harvesting the family gardens each summer to provide food for the family and others in need in the community.  She worked in the textile industry alongside her parents until her health failed.  She loved all God’s creatures – cats, fish (Charlie), hamster (Muffin), and dogs.  She always had a dog as her companion and most recently her Shih Tzu Brandy.

God’s gift to her was crafting.  She made many crochet afghans, beaded Christmas ornaments, pot holders, and so much more – not for herself but always to share with her family.  Recently she made dozens of newborn caps for the babies at Parkland Hospital.

Jean’s faith in God was a simple trust in God’s presence and love in all of her life.  Her favorite past-time was watching Charles Stanley and the Gaithers. 

When her parents died, she dreamed of them every night and her heart longed to be with them.  After two years of many health challenges and excellent care at McKinney Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Every night, she and June prayed together and part of their childhood prayer that began 69 years ago was “if I should die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take.” Sunday afternoon August 27, her Savior slipped into her room, lifted her soul from her worn and sick body, and carried her to her new home in heaven where she is forever a child of God and now embraced by her parents.

Jean is survived by her sister June Franck and husband David; nephew Mark Hudson and son Marcus; niece Carol Holloway, husband Jim, and children Jake and Alyssa; and nephew Brian Franck, wife Angela, and children Emily, Ashlyn, Carson, and Derek; and several cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at First United Methodist Church of McKinney, with Dr. Tommy Brumett officiating.  Interment will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Greenview Cemetery in Greensboro, Georgia, alongside her parents, Rev. Mark Jones, First Baptist Church, officiating. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 West Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of local arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Jane Cobb
   Posted Wed August 30, 2017
June, I am so sorry I had not stayed in contact with Jean since her move. I have many memories of her and your mom at FBC. They were such faithful workers. My love, prayers and sympathy to all. Thank you and your family for taking care of her. Love, Jane Cobb

Elaine & Terry Cantrell
   Posted Wed August 30, 2017
So sorry to hear of Jean's passing. You and family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Elaine (Merritt) Cantrell

Virginia Moody
   Posted Wed August 30, 2017
Was sorry to here about Jean. I know she is with her mama and daddy in Heaven. Prayers for the family.

Melanie Bryan Bufford
   Posted Wed August 30, 2017
What a beautiful life story of such a sweet person. I have fond memories of June and my thoughts and prayers will be with the family in the days to come.

Kathy Channell
   Posted Wed August 30, 2017
This lady was a true daughter of Zion and her reward will be great in Heaven. She dedicated countless hours to the Awana Program and children at First Baptist Church. Well done good and faithful servant. Thank you for all of the hours of love and labor you dedicated to His service.

Jack newton
   Posted Wed August 30, 2017
So sorry to hear of Jean's passing. She was always such a sweet and sincere person. I pray for comfort to her family during this time.

Cathy (Eaton) Welch
   Posted Thu August 31, 2017
I have so many happy memories of Jean, you and me during our teen years with spend the nights, visiting your grandparents and just having fun! I'm so sorry to hear that Jean has passed. Regret that we lost touch.

Emmett & Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Fri September 01, 2017
June, Thinking of you and your family.

Sandra Roper
   Posted Fri September 01, 2017
Dear June, I just now heard that Jean had passed away. I am so sorry. I could NOT have done AWANA without her all those years. She was my right hand. I loved her. I am certain that she has got many, many stars in her crown in heaven, and I know there was a wonderful celebration when she arrived. Love, Sandra

Sandra Arthur
   Posted Fri September 01, 2017
So sorry to hear the news about Jean. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of her family and friends.

LaVerne Ogletree
   Posted Wed September 06, 2017
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Jean was such a sweet and kind person. I have many good memories of our "school days".