William Roy Akines

December 6, 1927August 26, 2011

AKINES, William Roy – Age 83 of Hermitage, TN., August 26, 2011. Preceded in death by son, William R. Akines, Jr.; grandchild, Brian Morrison; great-grandchild, Sydney Gregory; parents, Roy & Ada Akines; sister, Jeniece Akines. Survived by wife, Margaret Bell Akines; daughters, Sandra (Buddy) Smith, Ramona Cherry (David) Riling, Marina Cherry (Ronnie) Weaver, Tina Cherry (James) Adams; son, Roy Michael “Butch” Cherry; mother-in-law, Margaret Bell Timbs; grandchildren, Rachel Riling (Mike) Sokoloff, Christopher Riling, Lindsay Riling, Michael (Heather) Gregory, Jason (Josette) Gregory, Jeffery (Summer) Barton, Bill Akines, III, David Cherry, Austin Welker, Sarah Akines, Bobby Akines, Kim Merritt, Christie MacArthur; thirteen great-grandchildren; sister, Elsie Ashworth and he is loved and missed by many other family & friends. Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2011 at Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home with Bro. Miles Cotham & J. Arch Warren. Active Pallbearers: Grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers: USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization & Pleasant Hill Church of Christ Members. Visitation with the family will be Sunday, August 28, 2011 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. & Monday one hour prior to the service at Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home, 429 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN., 37214, (615) 883-2361.


  • Funeral Service Monday, August 29, 2011

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Ramona Riling

March 6, 2012

As always in my thoughts - Miss you Bill!

Cindy Eaton

September 7, 2011

Ramona, Sometimes when things settle down after our loss, it really hits us hard. I pray the Lord uplifts you, your mom and your family through this time.

September 6, 2011

You have been in my thoughts. It was such a peasure to share the stories of these special men over the last several years.
Patty Riedy
Attendee of reunions in Indianapolis, IN

Randall Arnold

August 31, 2011

Ramona, I'm so sorry for the loss in your family. I know that your strength in the Lord will give you comfort but am so glad that you have so many people around that care about you and need you.

Juanita Roberts

August 31, 2011

Ramona and Family,
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers

August 30, 2011

They don't make them like you anymore...
John Cimasko
Indianapolis, Indiana

Shari & Mike Morey

August 30, 2011

We were so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Even at this sad time, what I remember most about Bill -- and of you -- is the bright smiles, hearty laughter and big hugs that greeted us every time we saw you at the reunions. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Nancy Hughes

August 30, 2011

Uncle Bill,
You mean so many things to so many people but the thing I will remember most is your wonderful smile and great sense of humor! No matter what was going on in your life you always had a smile for everyone around you. I love you and will miss you, but I know you are in heaven watching over Aunt Margaret Nell! I love you!

Bonny Campbell

August 30, 2011

My dear Margaret,
I always remember the dinners and the good times we all had. we laughed and cried together and I think we all became a little stronger.
You all are always in my daily thoughts. I well miss Bob.
Margaret, I'll write you a letter when I get home.
Your friend always, Bonny C.

Gail Tracy Roderick, niece of Sgt. Richard Tracy USS Indianapolis

August 30, 2011

Dear Mrs. Akines and Family,
we send comfort your way, hoping your wonderful memories will help you through this time.
Being on the Indianapolis Mr. Akines was a true hero.
Our best to you,
Lou & Gail Roderick