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Darlene Francis Akins

May 21, 1943 - March 21, 2015

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Darlene Frances Akins, age 71, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at her residence in Roswell, Georgia.
She was born in Lakeland, Florida to Kossie Carlyle Akins and Fay Stevens Akins. Although she spent the majority of her adult life in the Atlanta area, she did travel extensively as an Army Brat, attending 12 schools in 12 years and graduating in the National Honor Society. After living on several Army bases, she was with her mother and father in post-WWII Germany. After that she lived in Lakeland, Florida and Columbus, Georgia...

Darlene Frances Akins, age 71, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at her residence in Roswell, Georgia.
She was born in Lakeland, Florida to Kossie Carlyle Akins and Fay Stevens Akins. Although she spent the majority of her adult life in the Atlanta area, she did travel extensively as an Army Brat, attending 12 schools in 12 years and graduating in the National Honor Society. After living on several Army bases, she was with her mother and father in post-WWII Germany. After that she lived in Lakeland, Florida and Columbus, Georgia before another three years in Germany as a military dependent. Darlene then returned to Columbus, Georgia where she graduated from Baker High School in 1961.
She married William E, McMurry, Jr., that same year and they made their home in Atlanta to attend Georgia State University from which she graduated. Darlene also attended the University of Georgia Law School.
Darlene made her working career as a licensed court reporter in northern Georgia. She also loved the theater and met her second husband Chuck Duff in a play they acted in together here in Atlanta. During the Duff's career stationing in Roanoke, Virginia, Darlene graduated from Hollins College with a Master's degree in Theater. Darlene maintained some very strong theater-related and education-related friendships in the Atlanta area.
From 1994 to 2001, Chuck and Darlene lived and worked in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2000, they returned to Atlanta and settled in Roswell. Darlene continued with her love of theater and local history and was planning to write a play script adaptation of the story of the Roswell women and children who were sent north and abandoned after the Battle of Atlanta and during the rest of the Civil War.
Darlene is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Duff; her parents Kossie and Fay Akins, and her daughter Paige McMurry. She is survived by her brother Rev. Clint Akins (Yolande) of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; her step-children Gail Tankersley (Paul) of Roswell, Georgia, Tim Duff of Johns Creek, Georgia, Chris Money (Kent) of Marysville, Ohio, and Mark Duff (Kathie) of Beverly Hills, California; her step-grandchildren Whitney Clay, Keith Money, Timmy Duff, Jessica Duff, Haynes Tankersley, Andrew Tankersley, Andy Grant, and Jacqueline Duff; and her step-great-granddaughter Maddie Clay.
A celebration of life service for Darlene will be held at the Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Rd., Roswell, GA 30076 on Saturday, 28 March at 4:00pm with Rev. Clint Akins officiating. Visitation with the family will be at 3:00pm.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Cyclone/Famine Relief for Madagascar through the 501c3 IRS-approved non-profit humanitarian organization Partners For Madagascar, P.O. Box 1196, Ft. Walton Beach, Fl 32549 or through its website www.partners4madagascar.org. From 2005 until 2009, Darlene was the board chairperson of this organization that partners with Malagasy rural communities for small-scale educational and children-at-risk project development.