Sunday, March 6, 2011

Obituary of Clifford Akins (abt. 1912 - 1939)

I'm closing in on the last few newspaper obituaries that my grandmother had in her collection. Today's entry is for Clifford AKINS who was my grandmother's half first cousin. The "half" comes from the fact that her mom and uncle (father to Clifford) were half-siblings from the same father, different mothers.

Clifford was the 5th of 6 children born to Absalom (Absy) Bowman AKINS and Jessie Mable INGLING. He died young, at age 27, but the obituaries I have did not specify the cause as anything other than an "extended illness". It could have been cancer I suppose, or maybe tuberculosis.

Other than the 1920 and 1930 federal census records where he was a child living in his father's house, I don't have any information on Clifford.

Obituary Text - 1st Obit:

Clifford Akins, 27, of Waverly, died in Ithaca Thursday, July 13, 1939, after an extended illness. He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Akins; two brothers, Lloyd and George; three sisters, Miss Catherine Akins, Mrs. Raymond Thrasher and Mrs. Harold DeWitt, all of Waverly; two nephews, a niece and several aunts and uncles. The body is in the family home, where a prayer service will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Judd L. Hunter. The funeral will be held at 2:30 at the North Waverly Chapel. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetary, Waverly.

Obituary Text - 2nd Obit - Note that text of last several lines matches original obituary in breaks and spacing, it looks like there was an error in typesetting:


Funeral services for Clifford Akins, 27, who died at the Biggs hospital in Ithaca Thursday morning after an extended illness, were held at the North Waverly chapel at 2:30 Saturday afternoon with Rev. Judd L. Hunter officiating. Burial was in Forest Home cemetery. There was also a prayer service Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family home on Clark street.

Mr. Akins is survived by his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Akins,
Lloyd and George, both of Wa-
verly; three sisters, Miss Cather-
of 519 Clark street; two brothers,
ine Akins, Mrs. Raymond Thrash-
er and Mrs. Harold DeWitt, all of
Waverly; two nephews, one niece
and several aunts and uncles.

1 comment:

  1. OMG you nearly gave me a heart attack when I saw this posting! Charley and Ethel Mae supposedly had a child who was also Clifford Akins, but I haven't been able to find much on him. I was hoping this was him but seems like they named their kids after much of the family...Darn it! :)