Max Whitworth Akins

March 25, 1927April 9, 2011

Max Akins, Pontotoc

Max Whitworth Akins, 84, died April 9, 2011 at his home in Pontotoc. He was born March 25, 1927, to Charlie and Bertha Whitworth Akins. Max attended Pontotoc High School graduating in 1945 as valedictorian and class president. After graduating, he entered the Army serving in Japan during the occupation of the country. Later he graduated from the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

He was married to Hattie Lee Carpenter on September 8, 1949. He was Vice-President of Carpenter and Son Ford-Mercury in Pontotoc. Max was very active in his church and community. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church serving as a deacon for many years. Max was also instrumental in establishing the Educational and Family Life Center serving as the chairman of the building finance committee.

He was a also a charter member of the Pontotoc Country Club, past member of the Pontotoc Lions Club, Pontotoc City School Board and Pontotoc City School Endowment for Excellence Committee.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. The burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years Hattie Lee Carpenter Akins; one daughter, Debbie (Bob) Ray, of Pontotoc, MS and three sons, Steve (Judy) Akins of Memphis, TN; Kent (Teresa) Akins of Maitland, FL and Chris (Elizabeth) Akins of Petowskey, MI; twelve grandchildren, Evan (Christy)Ray, Jordan (Lili) Ray, Whitney Ray, Lee (Molly) Akins, Patrick (Madeline) Akins, Andrew Akins, Sarah Akins, Macy Akins, Christopher Akins, Lachlan Akins, Declan Akins and Tristan Akins; two great grandchildren, Harper Ray and Libby Akins and special friends were caregivers, Diana Williams and Rhonda Lea.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Annice Wren.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Jimmy Wise Sunday School Class and past/present deacons of the First Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM Monday at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall and one hour prior to services Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 31 Washington Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Condolences may be offered at:


  • Visitation Monday, April 11, 2011
  • Visitation Tuesday, April 12, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Jane (Tutor) Hee

April 30, 2011

So sorry to hear of your loss. I have many wonderful memories from days long ago of the Akins and Carpenter families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Donny Butts

April 26, 2011

Kent & Chris and the Akins family,

So sorry to hear of your loss. Max was a great person and will be missed.

My deepest sympathies

Robert Hubbard

April 17, 2011

I just got the paper today. So sorry to hear about Mr. Akins. I will truly miss him. Take care, Mrs. Akins, Debbie, and Steve. Love you all.

Ken Ray

April 16, 2011

Condolences to you all in your loss. Mr. Akins was indeed a well respected pillar in Pontotoc.

Joe Austin

April 14, 2011

Mrs. Hattie Lee, Steve, Debbie, Kent, and Chris, I hated to hear about your loss. Mr. Max was a great man, well respected, and helped make Pontotoc the city it is today. I am sorry I couldn't attend the funeral, but I know Mom and Dad were there to express my condolences. God bless each of you and your families.

Susan and Jim Rish

April 13, 2011

Max was so loved by all who knew him. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with each member of your family. May God give you peace in the coming days. Much love to you all.

A Heartfelt Message

April 12, 2011

Cindy Morgan

April 12, 2011

You have my thoughts and prayers.

Lewis McGee

April 11, 2011

Our thoughts & prayers are with you during your loss.

Lewis & Mabel McGee

From the Staff of Browning Funeral Home

April 10, 2011

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.