James Moorhead Akin, 86, of Gaithersburg, MD, died Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at home. He was born in Boston, MA on May 13, 1927. He was the son of the late Donald Andrew and Marion Moorhead Akin. After serving in the U.S. Army as a medic during World War II, he attended Allegheny College in Meadville PA and graduated in 1951. His career was in retail executive management having worked for Montgomery Ward, Joseph Horn’s, R.H. Stearns and the Outlet Company (Associated Dry Goods). He was a 29 year member of AA. As a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, he served on the Board of Trustees and as Usher Captain. He was also instrumental in providing leadership for the refurbishment restoration of Susanna House at #3 Walker Ave.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Janet Skeel Akin of Tarpon Springs, FL and his brother, Donald S. Akin of Erie, PA. He is survived by: his wife of 33 years, Carolyn Akin; two daughters, Janet Manning of Palm Harbor, FL and Michelle Kruger of Trinity, FL; three sons, Donald Akin of Woodbridge, VA, James Akin and Gregg Akin of Palm Harbor, FL. He is also survived by three grandsons, three granddaughter and two great grandsons.
A memorial /celebration of his life service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, MD on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 1 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to Grace United Methodist Church and Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA Hospice) in Rockville MD. Online condolences can be left at the Bast Stauffer Funeral Home website: www. baststaufferfuneralhome. com.