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Lela Mae Richards Akins, 75, of Dalton, passed away at her home March 13, 2017.
She was the daughter of the late Jack Bruce Richards and Reba Mae Groves Richards, and was preceded in death by her husband, James V. Akins, in 1991, and brothers, Charles E. Richards, Jewell Richards and Jack Richards Jr.
Lela married the love of her life, James Akins, in 1962. Lela was a devoted and loving mother of two children and a loving mawmaw of one grandson and two great-grandsons that she loved with all her heart.
Survivors include her son, James Allen Akins and his wife, Norma; daughter, Tammy Akins; grandson, Jamie Akins and his wife, Holly; three great-grandchildren, Savannah Lollar, Jayden and Camden Akins, all of Dalton; two sisters, Jean Carroll, Polly Cooper and her husband, M.B., all of Cohutta; sisters-in-law, Betty Pippin and Jean Trollinger, both of Dalton; nieces and nephews.
Services are today at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Love Funeral Home with the Rev. Stacy Hensley officiating.
She will be laid to rest beside her husband in West Hill Cemetery.
The family received friends at Love Funeral Home Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.lovefuneralhomega.com.
Love Funeral Home, 1402 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton, is in charge of arrangements.
Published on March 15, 2017
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