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Obituary: Nancy R. Shirley Akin, 62

She was a member of a respected Adair County family. She attended the Columbia Christiian Church. She had worked for 33 years at Fruit of the Loom

Nancy R. Shirley Akin, 62, Columbia, KY, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, at 2:25pmCT, at her home after an illness.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at 10:00amCT at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Terry White and Bro. Gerald Reliford officiating. Burial will be in Haven Hill Cemetery, 1276 Liberty RD, Columbia, KY. Visitation will be after 4:00pmCT, Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

She was a daughter of the late Elmer Draper and Ocra Johnson Draper, who survives, of Columbia, KY.

Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband, Jimmy Akin, Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • One daughter and son in law: Angela and Sammy Dean, Columbia, KY

  • One son and daughter in law: Terry and Kathryn Shirley, Atlanta, GA

  • Two step children: Scott and his wife Peggy Akin, London, KY; and Allison Judd, Columbia, KY

  • One sister: Laverne Reliford, Columbia, KY

  • Three brothers: Elmer Draper, Jr., Louisville, KY; Richard Draper, Campbellsville, KY; and Phillip Draper, Lagrange, KY

  • Four grandchilden: Kelly, Kimberly, and Kelsey Shirley; and Ashley Simpson

  • Two step grandchildren: Gracelyn Marlowe, and Mallory Judd
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest Shirley, and by a son, Doug Shirley.

She was employed by Fruit of the Loom for 33 years and attend Columbia Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to to either Relay for Life in Adair County or Hospice. These may be left at the funeral home.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, is in charge of arrangements.
This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or E-mail: Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.

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