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Akin, James A.
August 24, 1936 - November 21, 2020

LOWVILLE – James A. Akin, 84, a resident of the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility, passed away Saturday afternoon, November 21, 2020.

James was born on August 24, 1936, in Gouverneur, New York, to the late James B. and Violet Curtis Akin.  A marriage to Elizabeth Gorman in 1954 ended in divorce.  Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1955, James served until 1957.  He worked as a carpenter with the Carpenters Union in Watertown.  On September 23, 1980, he married Carolyn Higby at the Turin United Methodist Church.  From 1981 until 1984, they lived in Colorado, and from 1984 until 1990, in New Jersey.   In 1990, they moved to Odessa, Florida, where they lived until June 2018 when they moved to Lowville.

James was a past Mason, a past member of AMVETS, and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars while he lived in Florida.  He enjoyed playing golf and cards as well as trap shooting,.

He is survived by Carolyn, his wife of forty years; four children and their spouses:  Michael and Linda Akin, of Burrville, Robin and Brad Chastain, of Kissimmee, Florida, Daryl and Ron Schaefer, of Sarasota, Florida, and Steven and Candy Akin, of Lyons Falls; a stepson and his wife, Charles and Elsie Higby; twelve grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; as well as by nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He is predeceased by a grandson, Tucker Akin; a brother, Joseph Akin; and a sister, Shirley Smith.

A private graveside service with military honors will be held in Constableville Rural Cemetery.  Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are with the Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, New York, 2020.

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