Casey Akins Obituary

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Casey Akins

August 10, 1956 - November 23, 2011
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Casey Akins, redhead, of Pensacola, Florida, where he had retired, died of bladder cancer on November 23, 2011, the day before Thanksgiving, at age 55. Casey was born in Dallas on August 10, 1956, and grew up in the so-called "glass house" in Grand Prairie, Texas, where he was a devoted acolyte at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, and a graduate of Grand Prairie High School in 1974. In less than due course, Casey joined the Navy, which he made his career, so appropriate, inasmuch as both of his parents, Jack, who predeceased Casey, and Charmian, were Naval officers during the war predicted to end all wars, World War II. The Navy trained Casey...
Casey Akins, redhead, of Pensacola, Florida, where he had retired, died of bladder cancer on November 23, 2011, the day
before Thanksgiving, at age 55. Casey was born in Dallas on August 10, 1956, and grew up in the so-called "glass house" in
Grand Prairie, Texas, where he was a devoted acolyte at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, and a graduate of Grand Prairie High
School in 1974. In less than due course, Casey joined the Navy, which he made his career, so appropriate, inasmuch as both of
his parents, Jack, who predeceased Casey, and Charmian, were Naval officers during the war predicted to end all wars, World
War II. The Navy trained Casey in aerial photography, culminating in his being honored by two tours of duty with the
famous Blue Angels, of whom he snapped countless, amazing photographs of their acrobatics, not to mention the more mundane
"photo ops" with locals at their traveling airshows. Meanwhile, back at the bases, Casey had tours of duty in Iceland
and Sicily, Italy, where he was accompanied by his beloved and loving family, wife Bobbi, son Kelly, and daughter Sandy. Casey
took satisfaction in the fact that his Navy duty, and subsequent career supplying souvenirs at the Blue Angels' airshows, had
allowed him to visit 48 of the 50 United States. Casey was a talented artist, witness his photography, sketching, and
calligraphy. He was also an accomplished musician, playing the drums in smashing fashion. Indeed, Casey had a stint
professionally with a Country Western band, but rock and roll was his life-long passion. His great hand-eye coordination was
also evident in his precision golf shot making, daredevil jumps on his dirt bike, and infuriating passing shots at the ping pong
table. Casey was possessed of a generous heart. He did not prejudge. He was slow to anger (Cowboy games excepted), and
quick to forgive (Cowboy games excepted). The youngest of the four children, Casey was the focus of much attention, and his
sanguine nature cast a pacific spell upon his more combustible siblings. Casey always let the good times roll, and was a
virtuoso at the grill, an integral annex to his man cave, where he entertained a coterie of constant friends and adoring
neighbors. In spite of the unspeakable pain he suffered, Casey remained brave and dignified until his death, even comforting
the horrified witnesses to his agony. In addition to Bobbi, Kelly, and Sandy, Casey is survived by his mother, Charmian
Akins, sisters Allison Thorne and Heidi Mason and husband Mark, brother Kelly and wife Tina, all of Dallas, along with nieces
Hilary Kline of Washington, D.C. and Gillian Thorne of Dallas, and nephew Wyatt Akins of Dallas, as well as a large extended
family. Casey's funeral service will occur on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, Pearl Harbor Day, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in
Grand Prairie, Texas, at Bean Massey Burge Funeral Home, 733 Dalworth Street, Grand Prairie, Texas 75050. Casey will be
buried the same day at Dallas - Ft. Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211, with services
commencing promptly at 2:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the NAS Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum, or the charity of your
choice.

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