1941 — 2021
James E. "Jimmy" Akins, formerly of Chester, passed away March 22, 2021, following a 15 year battle with Alzheimer's and cancer. He graduated from Thomas Dale High School and then Virginia Tech. with a degree in Chemical Engineering. During his time co-opping at VT, he met his wife, Carolyn, with whom he recently celebrated 56 years of marriage. Jimmy worked for Hercules in the late 60's through the mid 70's before embarking on a career in real estate for the next decade. He returned to his roots in Chemical Engineering with a regional sales position at Voight-England and later with T.E. Byerly before retiring in 2010. He was fortunate to forge many lifelong friendships with colleagues...