Mr. Akins, 79, of Eustis, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
Ira Eugene “Gene” Akins, age 79, of Eustis, Florida, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Born in Ocoee in 1940, Gene was a lifetime resident of Central Florida and a longtime employee of Walt Disney World.
He supported Nancy in pursuing a doctorate degree in education to help children with learning disabilities. Gene was a gunsmith, a lifetime member of the NRA and a champion trapshooter. Gene enjoyed fishing in Florida's coastal waters and traveling North America on his motorcycle with beloved friends.
Gene married Nancy Collins Trulock in 1979 and became stepfather to the existing family.
He is survived by his sons, Greg Trulock (Kelly), Scott Trulock (Jamie); daughter, Allison Trulock (Don); grandchildren, Andy, Colin, Gwen Trulock, Corinne and Riley Trulock, Renn Oberdick. Gene also leaves behind his nieces and nephews, Debi Russ Madden (John), Sandra Russ Jones (Lou), Stefanie Owens, Victoria Holmes Brown (Jim), Michael Holmes (Tracie), Nick Reaves and Tammy Moore.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ira Newton Akins and Susie Mae Odom Akins; sisters, Bobbie Jo Akins Russ Owens (Kenneth Edwin Russ) and Patricia A. Akins Holmes (James C. Holmes).
A celebration gathering of Gene’s life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, 428 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787.