OBITUARY

Robert H. Akins

September 10, 1931January 12, 2013
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Mr. Robert Heath Akins, 81, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska on September 19, 1931 to parents, Boyd Akins, Sr. and Mattie Heath Akins. A funeral service will be officiated by Dr. Bill Gandin at the First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches on Wednesday, January 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Navy Military Rites will be performed.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents and loving wife of 50 years, Tyann Brown Akins. He is survived by his son, Stacy Akins and special friend Kay Rodgers; brother, Boyd Akins, Jr. and wife Faye of New Boston, Texas; niece , Brenda Potts and husband Tommy of New Boston; nephew, Brad Akins and wife Shawn; several great nieces and nephews and other family members; as well as special caregivers, Joyce Brown, Courtney Martin and Doretha "Dodie" Freeman; and a host of dear friends.

Robert grew up in New Boston, Texas where he graduated from New Boston High School in 1950. He then served in the U.S. Navy and was discharged in 1954 after serving in the Korean War. Robert graduated Stephen F. Austin State University in 1958 with Bachelor of Science and with the passion to start his coaching career. His first coaching position was at Smiley High School in Northeast Houston. In 1968, he moved to Waltrip High School as the head baseball coach where he coached for the next 8 years, he then took on the job as the Director at Joe Kelly Butler Stadium. He was inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January 2005. After 31 years of teaching and coaching for the Houston ISD, Robert retired in 1986 and moved to Nacogdoches with his wife, Tyann. They then opened Stacy’s Deli in 1987 with their son, Stacy. Robert enjoyed activities such as skeet shooting, Stephen F. Austin Athletics and was involved in his community where he served on the Board of Directors for the Nacogdoches Central Appraisal District. Robert was a faithful member of The First United Methodist church for 26 years.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Robert Tripson

July 6, 2013

Yesterday I learned of the passing of my friend, Bob Akins. I know Bob as an opposing coach at Waltrip H.S. and friend. His teams were well coached and conducted themselves as gentleman. My parents, players, and fans held Coach Akin in high esteem as he and his teams came to Victoria over the Easter Holidays or Spring Break. We would travel to Houston on alternating years. We all hold those years as very special. Other teams who took part in this exchange were Westbury and Sharpstown.

My heart goes out to Coach Akins's family and all who loved this great man.

The world is a better because of Bob Akins.

Robert Tripson
Victoria H.S.

Sharon Purtle

January 26, 2013

Stacy, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was always smiling and never met a stranger. I always enjoyed his visits when came to New Boston. I know you have many special memories of him and your Mom. Hold them close, and let them guide you during this time of sadness.

Dicky and Diane Akins

January 18, 2013

We are sorry for your loss. Dicky has many food memories of Bobbie.

Dicky and Diane Akins

January 16, 2013

Though I believe Coach Akins' family members are well aware of the character of Coach, I don't want to let this opportunity pass. I put Coach Akins in the special catagory men&mentors along with Black's Coach Callan. Both were less interested in the final score of the game than how the young men under their charge lived their lives. Callan took us in young adolescence and Akins in late. Some know the story of Coach Akins presenting me with my letter jacket 37 years post earning it. He was like the father I never had who waited patiently for me to return to the living. His passing leaves a great loss in the moment, yet a lasting legacy of love and faith. I hope I'm able to do the same.

Steve Crowder (Dujay)
Waltrip Class of 1970

Linda Francis

January 16, 2013

Stacy, so sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. Wish we could be there in person for you. He was a warm and funny guy, and always gave us alot of laughs. We will be
thinking of you tomorrow. Much Love, Linda and Kathy

David Brown

January 15, 2013

Coach Akins was like a father to me, he taught me many things beyond sports. He believed in me and helped me excel in sports and life. He went above the call of duty to get me a scolarship to Kilgore which set me on a path to a successful future. He was a great asset to the community and all the students he mentored and he will always have a place in my heart.
Waltrip Class of 1971

Betty Biggerstaff

January 15, 2013

The Akins' family has our deepest synpathy. As yhe years pass, may your memories give you comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

David Whatley

January 15, 2013

Sorry to hear about Coach . There will always be good memories. Class of 71

Larry Kristynik

January 15, 2013

I was sorry to hear of Coach Akins passing. He was a great coach and I enjoyed playing for him in football and baseball at Waltrip High School. He taught me many life lessons in addition to the finer points of each sport. Coach Akins was truly one of those coaches and men that you wanted to do your best for. He was an inspiration to meet and although I did not get to see him but a few times after leaving high school his teachings were always with me. He was a great person that will be missed by all that knew him. My deepest condolences to the Akins family.

Larry Kristynik
Waltrip High School Class of 71

Joe Messa

January 14, 2013

I remember Coach Akins very well when he was at Waltrip. He was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.