January 20, 1940 – April 7, 2019
Bethany resident, Tina Eakins, 79, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 7, 2019. She was born in Monroeville, Alabama on January 20, 1940 to Leslie and Nellie (Taylor) Steeley and was extremely proud of her Poarch Creek heritage. Tina met the love of her life, Melvin D. Eakins, and they married on October 7, 1958. Shortly after, they made their home in Oklahoma City where they raised their three daughters. Because Tina grew up in a large family, she learned the value of hard work at a young age. She worked at Mr. Swiss until it closed, and then went to work for Sonic. She made sure she was always home when her daughters got home from school. Tina was a charter member of Maranatha Baptist Church and was involved in many aspects over her 40 plus years attending, most especially, her Sunday School class. She was an Alabama football fan until they played Oklahoma University, then it was Sooners all the way. She also loved to bake and holiday dinners were something she took great pride in providing for her family. Tina was a patient, kind, loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who was loved by all and will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Sister, Joyce, Woodrow, Jim, James, Julian, Leo, Harvey, and Christine. Tina is survived by her husband of 60 years, Melvin D. Eakins; daughters and sons-in-law, Natalie and Mark Thornton, Laurie and Clinton Reinhardt, Karalyn and Richard Case; grandchildren, Neal, Lacie, Jesse, Zachary, Ethan, Miranda, and Audrey; great grandchildren, Charlee, Wells, and Norah; siblings, Pauline, Jeanette, Luverne, Susie, Patsy, Faye, Charlie, David and Tammy; as well as a host of other family, church family, and dear friends. Visitation will be 5pm-8pm Wednesday at Bill Merritt Funeral Service. Services will be 11am Thursday at Maranatha Baptist church with Dr. Allen Domelle officiating. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
- Visitation Wednesday, April 10, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, April 11, 2019
April 10, 2019
My grandma was my safe place, someone I could always confide in at any age. She was an amazing person inside and out that taught me so much and always made me feel good. She will greatly be missed but I know she is no longer suffering. Love you Grandma.
April 9, 2019
I was very Bless to have Aunt Tina in my and my children life she was a beautiful person. She always made sure when she was in town to go watch Sanatana play baseball she cheer him on and he always hit a homerun and won the game he said she was good luck