My father, Charles K. Akins, died yesterday at 6:45 pm. My brother who was with him said he went peacefully within minutes after the doctors pulled the respirator. He died after a long battle with pneumonia, complicated by acute interstitial lung disease (probably as a result of exposure to asbestos). He was 89 years old.
This is one of the last photos of him, from his 89th birthday party in April.
I am traveling to Alabama today, and Dear Husband and the girls will join me this weekend for the funeral.