Cathy Jeanne Akin

cathy akin

March 5, 1960 ~ May 4, 2011

Born in: Atlanta, GA
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

Cathy Therrel Akin, age 51, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Therrel, and her mother, Mardelle Therrel. She is survived by her loving husband, David Akin; son, Seth Akin; daughter, Elise Akin, Lawrenceville, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Vicki and Cary Butler, Dacula, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Alec and Cyndi Therrel, Hiawassee, GA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Andy and Stacy Akin, Rome, GA, Judson Scarborough, Rome, GA, and Jessie and Harvey Miller, Valdosta, GA; nieces and nephews, Taryn Butler, Bo Saunders, Jerry Therrel, Tommy Therrel, Ashley Therrel, Kaylee Akin, Karlee Akin, Daniel Scarborough, Jenny Miller, Katie Miller, and Emily Miller. Cathy was born March 5, 1960 in Atlanta, GA. She received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Music Education from Shorter College. She was employed by Union Grove Baptist Church as a music teacher in the preschool program. She also taught voice and piano. She attended 12 Stone Church. Cathy was known affectionately as "Queen Cathy" by many of her friends, and enjoyed playing her favorite card game with the "Tripoley Group": Janice Buchheit, Christina Downum, Sheila Fowler, Teri Jackson, Susan Lee, and Tracie Satterfield. Cathy was known as a consummate practical joker and loved to see the results of her work played out on her many victims. Cathy's quirkiness, personality and heart showed in her love for people, her dedication to her family and her relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To meet Cathy one time meant that you would remember her for a lifetime. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Wages and Sons Funeral Home Lawrenceville with Rev. Jeff Gray officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Dear David and family; We are sad to hear of Cathy’s passing. We knew Cathy through our sister, Traci and the fun adventures they would share. Cathy was always laughing or smiling and truly someone special on this earth. May God’s promise comfort and strengthen you during this time. Love in Christ, Teri, Tim and Tammy.

  2. Dear David,
    I have no idea what to say. I think I should come sit with you in the ash heep for 7 days like Job’s friends. May the Grace of GOD be upon you, Seth and Elise.
    I am going to try to see you at the “Gone Away Celebration” for Cathy, but the state 4-H shotgun competition is not scheduled to be over until 3:oo.I will be responsible for 16 kids, but hope to get away from Rock Eagle in time to make it.

    My The Love Of Christ be upon you.


  3. we little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
    It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
    You left us peaceful and crazy memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
    Your family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls them one by one, the chain will link again. miss you Cathy Akin
    to my crazy sunday school teacher who taught me to memorize bible verses to songs, love you always Queenie

    praying for you David, Seth and Elise.

  4. So sad & my condolences to David and family on Cathy’s passing. Dismayed that someone that I still think of as the college crazy lady from our days at Shorter has suddenly left the planet. Her character, generosity and unique spirit will be remembered by so many no doubt. My sincere condolences to all. Best regards, Claire Watson Zelasko, Wisconsin

  5. Our hearts and prayers are with the Akin family in this time of loss. Please know that She is with our Heavenly Father in no pain and that He will Walk with you through this time of need. God Bless – The Harrell’s

  6. Cathy will be missed terribly! She was one of those people you could not help loving. She had a spirit that made everyone feel special. My prayers and condolences go to David, Seth, Elise, and the rest of her family and friends. There’s a bright new star in Heaven! I know Cathy is making all the Angels laugh right now.

  7. Cathy’s smile and wonderful sense of humor will always be remembered. She was absolutely the BEST college roommate. I can’t imagine the world without her, but I’m sure the angels are having a blast because she is with them.
    Praying that God’s love will bring you peace.

  8. I know Cathy is in Paradise now ,but she will be missed. Praying for peace and comfort for the family. May God always be at your side.
    Lola McLelland

  9. Cathy was such a joy every Sunday when we attended Rolling Hills. I am so sorry for your loss. She was an inspiration to those around her and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  10. We are sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Cathy was a precious person and we know that she will be missed.

  11. Dear David,Seth, and Elise,
    I was so sad and shocked to hear about Cathy. We had some great times together and she will never be forgotten. She always put everyone else first. She was so proud of her family. You were blessed to have her as a wife and mom. She will always hold a special place in my heart.I will miss her dearly.

  12. No amount of words can replace the void of the sudden loss of such a dear wife, mother, teacher, friend. The only thing that can comfort us now is: What would her snappy come-back be? Can’t wait to see and laugh with her again.

  13. David, Seth, and Elise,

    Cathy will be truly missed by so many here on earth, know that your family is especially in our prayers. I know she is in her glory with the beautiful music in heaven. We pray that brings you peace and comfort.

  14. David, Seth & Elise,
    We’re so sad to hear about Cathy and are devastated by your loss. Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. Whenever we were around her it was always a fun & crazy time and she will be missed by everyone. I know these next few months will be so difficult but at least we know she’s with her heavenly father and looking down on you and the kids. Please let us know if you need anything. Love you lots!
    Jim, Judy, Amanda, Taylor & Ryan Kerr

  15. David, I am deeply sorry to hear about loss of your wife. May you and your children be surrounded by peace today and in the days to come – by friends, family and prayers.

  16. Dear David and family,

    Aunt Betty is sad for your loss. Cathy was a very special perosn. She had so much energy. We will miss her. I will call you next week.
    Love Aunt Betty

  17. David, Seth and Elise,

    As we grieve we know that in everything before us there are blessings in all things. We shall keep our eyes open for those blessings during this sad time.

    Steve, Terri, Shelby and Malory Sweat

  18. David, Seth and Elise,

    I’m certain that her crazy, loving spirit will add more joy and laughter to the angels above. May your strong faith and the love of family and friends bring you peace and hope.

  19. David, Seth, Elise, Vicki, and Alec,
    My heart is so saddened by the loss of Cathy being here with us, but so joyful in knowing that she is in the presence of our Lord and Saviour. Cathy was such a fun-loving, crazy, generous, and caring friend! She was a true sister in Christ and we shared many special times in choir, Bible studies, VBS, preschool, and hanging out with the kids. Cathy was always a friend that reached out. She called me often to check on me, and would always offer an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on. I loved her cards and always looked for her to be the first Christmas card in my mailbox in November! Her genuine thoughtfulness and loving kindness mixed with her crazy practical jokes and infectious laugh will live on in our memories of a true friend! She will be greatly missed! My thoughts and prayer are with you all,

  20. Dear David, Seth and Elise,

    We are all so sad about Cathy’s passing. Her love for you all was supremely evident in her. And her love for having fun and laughter in life was one of the things we loved about her. She was a genuine person who honestly cared for others. We are praying for all of you daily, and hope to see you soon. Olivia and I are profoundly grateful that we had a chance to visit with Cathy and Elise when we were in Atlanta in February, and we’ll always treasure the memories we have of that visit.

    In Christ,
    Donna, Ralph, Ralphie & Olivia

  21. David & Family,
    I am so saddened to hear the news of Cathy’s untimely passing. You all are in my prayers. She was such an inspiration; a positive personality who lit up a room with her radiant smile and laughter. I was so pleased to see that she had been teaching pre-school music. Her students were blessed.
    Peace be with you all…..Laura Ann

  22. Buddy, My thoughts and prays are with you and your Family. you know if there is anything you want me to do just call.
    Your Buddy for life
    Tony and Patsy Hall

  23. David, Seth, and Elise,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God wrap His arms around you and comfort you.
    Chris, Tonya, Leighton, Walker, & Emma Capelle

  24. Vicki, please accept all our sympathies and condolences on your loss.

    Your friends,
    Steve and Mary Dickinson

  25. Vicki and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Linda and Les

  26. We will miss Cathy’s quirky ways that made us smile and laugh. I know she is in a better place. I always say that those that go before us to heaven are leaving a light on so we can find our way. I bet Cathy will let us get there and just as we enter the gate – turn off the light switch as a joke! So thanks Cathy for making my life a little more fun and reminding me that life is NOT work but should be filled with what fills us with joy. Until we meet again…

  27. I knew Cathy for several years and she made a “lasting” impression on me. Her fun spirit and cheerful smile will be etched in my heart forever! God has another angel in heaven!

  28. To the Akin Family,

    I pray for the peace and comfort that only God can offer during this time. Although I understand your sorry, remember the joy and love you each shared with Kathy. God bless you all.

  29. While Cathy inspired a love of music and piano in my daughter Cherilyn, our entire family was impacted by her wonderful spirit, love of life, and passion for Christ. Our lives have been deeply enriched through knowing Cathy.

  30. David, we are so sorry to hear about Cathy’s passing, We’re so sorry for your loss. We will always have fond memeories of Cathy and you when we all attended Rolling Hills Baptist Church. We’re in Lake Placid, New York staying with the grandkids while Derek and Kim are out of town and we will not be able to come by and see you. Jeff called Derek yesterday morning to let us know. We will be praying for you and your family.

    Your brother and sister in Christ,
    Junior and Cathy Spain

  31. David,

    I will keep you and your children in my thoughts and prayers during your time of grief. God Bless

  32. May the Lord grant you an extra measure of His comfort and mercy. You are in our prayers. God bless -Phil & Kim Weaver, & Family

  33. David and family,
    I am so saddened to hear abut the passing of Cathy. It was my privilege and honor to get to know her and serve with her for a couple of years. She was always so full of laughter and wit. I know there is an empty place in your heart and there always will be. But God and only He, will give you the grace and peace that passes all understanding. Praying for you all.

  34. I can’t remember ever seeing Cathy without a smile on her face or laughing about something. I am praying for God to replace your heartache with all the good memories she is a part of.

  35. There are truly no words to express the sympathy felt by those who knew and loved Cathy. Though several years have passed since those memorable college days, the joy and laughter she brought to everyone with which she had contact could never be forgotten. May you be comforted by the love of family and friends, and the peace of our Father that passes all understanding.

  36. David and family,

    I am so saddened to hear of Cathy’s passing. I can see her sweet smile, the mischief dancing in her eyes, and hear her unforgettable laugh. She brought joy to everyone who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  37. Dear David,Seth and Elise,

    We are deeply saddened to hear about Cathyyour mom passing.
    She was a wonderful friend and we will miss her greatly. We will cherish the fond memories she made with everyone she came in contact with. She had a way of bringing much love and laughter to many hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, her siblings and many friends.

    with our deepest sympathy,
    Joan,Jeff,Rachael,Stephen,Daniel and Rebecca Goodman

  38. David and family,

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your wife and Mom, our prayers are with you during this time. I’ll always remember the great childrens musicals she helped put on at church. Keith,Kyle and Janice Blackwell

  39. David, Seth, and Elise,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Cathy was an AMAZING woman who truly lived life. Heaven just got a lot livelier! I’ll never forget her passion for music and teaching and her strong faith. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Lisa, Kevin, Nancy, and Jack Burkett

  40. Dear David and family,

    I am saddened at hearing of your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of Cathy. She lit up a room just by being in it. She made life at Shorter College, and beyond, so much fun for everyone. She set the prime example of living life to the fullest. Words feel inadequate, but please know we will lift you all up in love and prayers.

    Sharon Frizzell King

  41. David, Seth and Elise,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will sure miss “Queen Cathy” and her infectious laughter. She was one in a million. We love you.
    Frankie, Kim, Elena and Jack Rodriguez

  42. This little box is not enough space to write all the many memories I have of our life with Cathy, I shall hold dear her light, starting from high school to college to husbands to babies and on forever. God Bless and keep you and our Cathy always.
    Gretchen and Bruce Shelby and Sarah Jones

  43. David,

    Our hearts are so saddened by Cathy’s passing. We consider it an honor and a privilege to have known Cathy. She showed the love of Jesus Christ to everyone she knew, and it was evident that her joy came from Him. We will always treasure our memories together at Rolling Hills, and we will continue to lift you and your family up in our prayers.

    The Custers Steven, Julianne, Noah, Grayson, and Emma

  44. I am still reeling from the news of Cathy’s passing. I have so many fond memories of her from high school. She was my chorus buddy and she made singing together more fun. I just can’t believe she is gone, but can’t help but smile when I remember her infectious laughter and smile. God bless and be with your family.

  45. I’m so glad God had our paths cross to become friends. Cathy always kept you on your toes as to what she would do next, but she was one of the most kind-hearted, generous people I have ever met. David, Seth and Elise, may God give you comfort in the special memories you have.

  46. Vicki, Cary & family,
    We were so saddened to hear of the loss of your sister, Cathy. Just know that you are in our hearts and prayers.

    Sandra, Richard & Shannon

  47. David, Seth and Elise-
    We cannot even begin to imagine this Earth without Cathy. However, I can only imagine that the party just got started when she entered Heaven. She lived her love Christ out loud and she will certainly remain with us in our hearts forever. We will be praying for all of you over the coming days and weeks.

  48. Vickie & Alec & Families,
    So sorry to hear of your loss.
    We fondly remember the “good old days” on Overlook Dr. We love you and will remember you in our prayers. Love, Glenda & Jimmy

  49. Cathy always made you smile and wonder at what she was up to next. She would keep Christina on her toes.

  50. Vicki So very sorry for your loss. I know you and Cathy were very close. I remember when she answered the phone in Spanish when I called the hospital to talk with you. My thanks to Cary for e-mail updates

  51. David and family,
    There really are no words to express my sorrow. Cathy truly was larger than life and could always talk me into doing anything, even if I knew I was going to get in trouble. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Harriet

  52. David,

    I’m saddened by the news of Cathy’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless you all.

  53. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember her from Rolling Hills, and she was great with the children and always had a smile.

  54. Vickster—–sorry to hear of your loss. I so remember the shock when my brother died suddenly at the age of 43.

    Give Taryn and Bo a big hug from me!! Donna & the Britsch Gang

  55. Vickster—–sorry to hear of your loss. I so remember the shock when my brother died suddenly at the age of 43.

    Give Taryn and Bo a big hug from me!! Donna & the Britsch Gang

  56. I was so sorry to hear of Cathy’s passing. Hayden will always have fond memories of Cathy teaching him music in preschool . May God grant your family peace and comfort during this time. You are in our prayers !! LaWayne, Deborah, Ashleigh and Hayden McDaniel

  57. I was fortunate to call Cathy a friend in high school. The sentiment “To meet Cathy one time meant that you would remember her for a lifetime” is so true. Such a spirit; one I will always fondly remember. My condolences to those closest to her.

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