Photography

Bill G. Akins

May 15, 1931 ~ November 25, 2021 (age 90)

Obituary

Billie “Bill” G. Akins, 90, of Cambria, passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021, at his home.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Cambria Food Pantry or to Meals on Wheels.

Bill was born on May 15, 1931, in Jackson County, Illinois, to Richard and Elizabeth Pearl (Jones) Akins. He married Glenda Mae Gray on February 17, 1956, in Herrin. She preceded him in death in January 16, 2005.

He is survived by his son, Billie Akins of Carbondale; daughter, Leah (Brent) VanHam of Carbondale; grandchildren, Mike Reynolds of Carterville, Chad Reynolds of Carterville, Kim (Randy) Hatley of Franklin, Tennessee, Traci (Seamus) Donaldson of Salisbury, North Carolina, Kelly Forbes of Johnston City, Emily Spolarich of Austin, Texas, and Haley Spolarich of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Carmen Holderfield, Peyton Shelton, Brandon Shelton, Colin Donaldson, Kaitlyn Donaldson, Kesley Magochy, and Ethan Hatley; plus many dear friends.      

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughters, Gail Forbes and Carol Reynolds; brother, Leslie Akins; sisters, June Severs and Sally Robinson; and his beloved dog, Sugar.

He honorably served our country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict.

Bill retired after more than 37 years of service as a coal miner and welder for Consol #2 Mine in Pinckneyville.

 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bill G. Akins, please visit our floral store.


Services

Visitation
Wednesday
December 1, 2021

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home
322 North Division
Carterville, IL 62918

Memorial Service
Wednesday
December 1, 2021

2:00 PM
Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home
322 North Division
Carterville, IL 62918

Military Honors
Wednesday
December 1, 2021

Blairsville Cemetery
Cambria Road
Carterville, IL 62918

Donations

Cambria Food Pantry
302 South Richart Street, Cambria IL 62915
Tel: 1-618-985-6409

Meals on Wheels Program
1201 Weaver Road, Herrin IL 62948

© 2022 Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy