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Wallace Ray Akin

GREENSBURG – Wallace Ray Akin, son of the late Leslie “Pat” Akin and Eliza Estelle Neagle Akin, was born September 8, 1943, in Green County and departed this life on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at Hosparus Health in Louisville, KY. He was 80 years, 4 months, and 20 days of age.

He had made a profession of faith in Christ and was a member of Greensburg Baptist Church. He was a veteran having served in the United States Army and a retired game warden of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. He was the owner and operator of W.R. Akin Trucking in Greensburg in the late 90s. He also worked for the Department of Corrections in LaGrange, KY in the early 2000s. He was a lifetime member of Masonic Lodge 54 of Greensburg as well as a lifetime member of the Green County Sportsman Club.

He enjoyed hunting in his younger years, but loved fishing throughout his life. If he wasn’t out on the water, he would be watching it on TV or talking about it. Whether it was basketball or softball, he could be found in the stands cheering for his ‘Baby’ as he affectionately called her and yelling ‘Go, Tammy, Go’.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Linda Akin; a daughter, Tammy Akin of Greensburg; a sister, Bernice Maedell Shirley of Greensburg; sisters-in-law, Eldora Akin of Willisburg, KY, and Jeanette Duncan of Edmonton, KY; brother-in-law, William Robinson of Louisville, KY; aunt, Marlis Akin of Greensburg;  nieces, Teresa Shirley of Greensburg, Judy Newcomb-Roblero of Clarksville, IN, Anita (Jimmy Ray) Foster of Springfield, KY, Genia Scott of Greensburg, Gina (Dave) Gibson of Edmonton, KY, and Ellen (Eric) Gregory of Midway, KY; nephews,  Steve (Lisa) Akin and Tony Akin of Elizabethtown, KY, Danny (Leasa) Akin of Stanford, KY, Ricky Newcomb of New Albany, IN, Kevin Akin of Louisville, KY, Doug (Jessica) Beard and Jason (Anne) Beard of Greensburg, KY; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Roy Akin, Alton Akin, Dalton Akin, Gordon Akin, Herman Akin, Buford Akin, and William “Doyle” Akin; and three sisters, Sarah ‘Sadie’ Newcomb, Norma Jean VanMeter, and Martha Jane Robinson.

The funeral services for Wallace Ray Akin will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., CST, Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the Gupton-Landrum Funeral Home with burial to follow in the VanZant Cemetery in Metcalfe County. Bro. Todd Young and Bro. Blake Jessie officiating.

Visitation is requested from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M., CST, Friday, February 2nd at the Gupton-Landrum Funeral Home and after 7 A.M., Saturday until time of the funeral service.

PALLBEARERS: Danny Akin, Kevin Akin, Doug Beard, Jason Beard, Jimmy Ray Foster, Russell Gibson, and Duncan Gregory

HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Steve Akin, Tony Akin, Ricky Newcomb, Dave Gibson, Eric Gregory, Cliff Cook’s Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School Class

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at the funeral home to the Gideon Bible Fund or the VanZant Cemetery Fund. Gupton-Landrum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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