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The Final Duty Station This forum is presented by Retired GySgt Bill Conroy. It is a listing of those that have received orders for their final duty station. These Marines have given their all. We now give our honor.

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Old 01-02-2018, 00:59
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Robert Ray "Coach" Akins, 92, of New Baden, TX

Robert Ray "Coach" Akins of New Baden, Texas, was born in McCullough County, Texas, May 13, 1925.

His parents were Lester Thomas Akins and Rosa Mae Murphy Akins. In November 1943, after graduating from Brady High School, he became a United States Marine serving in the 1st Marine division during WWII. He fought in many battles in the South Pacific including as a sniper at Guadalcanal and in the battle of Okinawa. After Okinawa Ray was sent to China until he completed his Marine Corps Service.

Upon his return home he enrolled at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where he played football, ran track and achieved his masters degree in Administration. It was while he attended Southwest Texas State that he met the love of his life and his wife, Dorothy Virginia Schultz. They were married on July 24, 1949. Ray and Virginia had three children, Mina Ruth Akins Brees, Laura Sue Akins Riahi, and Martin Ray Akins.

Ray's outstanding 38-year coaching career began as an assistant coach at Rosebud in 1950. He subsequently served as head coach and athletic director at Lometa, Goldthwaite, Tomball, Tidehaven, Freer, and Gregory-Portland. While serving as the head coach and athletic director at Gregory-Portland Coach Akins won 12 consecutive district championships, a state record, and won over 200 games at G-P. Over his entire career he amassed 302 wins.

Coach Akins is in the Texas Coaches Hall of Fame, Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, received the President Gerald R. Ford All-American High School Coach Award, is a member of The Hall of Honor at Southwest Texas State University, and the Texas Coastal Bend Coaches Association Hall of Honor. Ray Akins served on the Texas High School Coaches Board of Directors and was twice named Coach of the Year by the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

After retiring in 1988 Coach Akins and Virginia moved to their beloved ranch in Robertson County, Texas, where they raised cattle and were active members in the community.

Ray Akins served the Franklin United Methodist Church. He was a dedicated member of the Patrick Masonic Lodge #359 for 64 years, and he also belonged to the Scottish Rite and Ben Hur Shriners. For 63 years he was a member of the Franklin Chapter #311 of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was also a member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association.

Coach Akins was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Thomas Akins and Rosa Mae Murphy Akins, his daughter Mina Akins Brees, his sister, Georgia Mae Tuttle, and brothers, Bill Akins and Freddie Akins.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Virginia Schultz Akins, his daughter Laura Riahi and husband Sia, and his son Marty Akins and wife Pam; grandchildren Drew Brees and wife Brittany, Reid Brees and wife Allison, Tara Akins and husband French Smith IV, Angela Akins Garcia and husband Sergio, and Ryan Riahi and wife Colette; his great grandchildren Baylen, Bowen, Callen, and Rylen Brees, Vivienne Akins-Smith and French Smith V, Delaney Brees, and Roman Riahi. Coach Akins is also survived by his sister, Loretta Smith, and many nieces and nephews.

Coach Ray Akins was passionate about teaching and coaching. He was a great leader and a winner. He changed and molded the lives of thousands. He taught everyone around him the meaning of hard work. He was a man of his word. He never met a stranger. A powerful handshake, truth and honesty were his trademark. Kindness and love filled his heart. He always showed and demanded the utmost respect and discipline. He was faithful to God and Jesus Christ. His family and friends adored him. He was bigger than life itself. Now he is a man and coach for the ages.

Services will be held at Franklin United Methodist Church Franklin, Texas: Visitation, Monday, January 1, 2018, 4pm-7pm, and the Funeral Service Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 11am. Pallbearers are Drew Brees, Reid Brees, Ryan Riahi, French Smith IV, Sergio Garcia, and Julio Trevino. Jerry Alvarez, Andy Harris, George Harris, and John Osborne are Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to any of the following: Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, Texas 77803; Franklin United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 556, Franklin, Texas 77856; Franklin Chapter No. 311 O.E.S., Scholarship Fund, PO Box 125 Franklin, Texas 77856; or New Baden Cemetery Association, PO Box 133, New Baden, Texas 77870.

Arrangements are under the direction of McCauley Funeral Home in Franklin, Texas.
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