September 29, 1963 ~ August 17, 2021

Born in: Cherry Point, NC
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

James Mark Akoubian, “Jamie,” age 57 of Lawrenceville died Tuesday, August 17, 2021 of COVID-19. Jamie was born on September 29, 1963 in Cherry Point, North Carolina to Arees and Dolores Akoubian.

As the baby of the family, Jamie quickly took on the role of entertainer. His antics and sarcastic sense of humor always provided his family and friends with endless laughter. It was hard following in the footsteps of his older siblings who were all talented artists and athletes, but Jamie carved his own path as an excellent soccer player and football kicker at Southwest Dekalb High School and Georgia Perimeter College.

Jaime married Casey Naylor (Starr) and together they had three daughters, twins Samantha and Sara Akoubian, and Sydney Akoubian, before divorcing. His three girls were the loves of his life and his greatest source of pride and joy. When they were young he often arranged his work schedule so he could regularly have lunch with them at school. He was their biggest fan when they played soccer, danced, or competed in swim meets and could be found on the sidelines always snapping pictures to preserve his most precious memories. As they grew into adults he treasured every moment he spent with them. Jamie worked a variety of jobs, especially enjoying the years he worked alongside his father with the Dekalb Convention and Visitors Bureau, and his creativity and love for photography fueled numerous business ventures. Jamie was also an avid fisherman and spent many early mornings fishing from the pier in Panama City Beach, Florida. His love for fishing brought him inner peace and calm, particularly when he was able to fish there with his girls.

Jamie is survived by daughters Samantha, Sara, and Sydney Akoubian, father Arees Akoubian, and step mother Kay Akoubian, brothers Steve, Arees, and David Akoubian, sister Cathy Broussard, step sister Brandi King, nephews Trey Broussard and Jeff Little, nieces Rachel Rhodes, Amanda Broussard, and Kendall Bonet (Goddaughter), and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Georgia, California, and Maryland. Jamie was loved dearly and will be missed greatly.

A visitation will be held at 1:00PM on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville GA 30046, with a Celebration of Life to follow at 2:00PM.


Visitation: August 22, 2021 1:00 pm - August 22, 2021 2:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Celebration of Life: August 22, 2021 2:00 pm - August 22, 2021 3:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


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  1. CandleImageJamie could always make me laugh and make me think about the silly things in life! It is going to be hard not to look for you in the big yellow limo everyday. Going to miss you a bunch!

  2. James’s was such a great person and friend. All of us that gathered daily to visit before we drove off in our yellow limos would laugh, solve the world’s problems, you know BS style. We so miss you pal. You touch many hearts in so many ways.

  3. Jamie was a friend to all he met. The world is a little summer without his beautiful smile and welcoming spirit. I will sorely miss him but feel blessed I can carry the many years of memories of swim meets and shenanigans through my life. He was a treasure in life, full of major talent behind a camera. I am
    lucky to have many “Jamie originals” hanging on my walls. They will always remind me my friend who was kindness, humor and full of life. Rest In Peace dear friend, you will live on in my heart and mind. Prayers of comfort for the entire Akoubian family. I will hold you all close to my heart and in my prayers.

  4. Jamie Akoubian was very close to his family & loved his children. He was a Photographer, an Artist, a Fisherman & proud of his Armenian heritage. Jamie will be missed by many people.

  5. CandleImageTo all of the extended Akoubian family, we hope that these following days will be filled with positive memories of family and friends as you celebrate Jamie’s life. Be assured that he is at a “peace” that none of us can yet imagine. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Jan & Bill Gaines

  6. CandleImageI was terribly saddened when I heard the news that James had passed on trying to fight off the Covid virus. He was certainly a unique individual with an amazing sense of humor. At first, he sometimes exhibited a tough exterior, and yes, he could be a bit crude at times, though that aspect of his personality was tied directly to his humor. I could see through, as certainly most people could, to the kind and caring person that he really was. He had a natural talent for drawing others to himself, often for a joke or a brotherly word of correction if someone made a procedural error while driving their school bus.
    As one of my fellow bus drivers, James once told me that with so many people losing their jobs and facing possible eviction from their homes, that he would willingly take in any of his extended family members “because that is what good family members do”. Only a person with a soft heart could make such a statement and really mean it.
    In the simplest terms, James was like a giant candy bar: he had a crunchy outside while he was soft and sweet on the inside. Our giant fleet of school buses will still roll out in the early morning, but things will never be the same without James.

  7. CandleImageOf all the people I have known throughout my life, I just can’t seem to remember anyone that can touch ones heart or soul as Jamie did. He was there for me when I went through a divorce in my younger years. It was tough but Jamie eased the pain with kind words and that huge heart he had. He was always there. We talked through the years and would see each other at school at times. We both had kids that were athletes . He loves those girls. They made him proud to be a dad. That smile that he had, how could you not love this guy. He will always be loved and missed dearly by a wonderful family and so many friends and just people he crossed paths with. God will reward him honorably for the person he was. You are loved by many Jamie and will be greatly missed.

  8. So sorry to hear of Jamie’s passing. He and I hadn’t spoken much over the past several years, but he was my best buddy throughout high school and remained a good friend. Jamie could always be counted on to bring a smile to everyone’s face with his unique brand of humor. I know he’ll be missed and I wish the entire Akoubian family all the best during this difficult time.

  9. CandleImageJamie and I shared some great moments and memories raising our three beautiful daughters together. Although we split and went our separate ways, I would never have imagined or wanted this to happen. I’m deeply saddened for my daughters, his brothers/sister, father, Kay, and the whole family. Peace be with you. ❤️

  10. CandleImageWe will miss our wonderful nephew. He was full of mischievous humor and love. Jamie loved his family and never failed to show it. Rest In Peace! Praying for Gods peace and comfort to surround the family as He alone can.

  11. CandleImageSammy
    Our love and prayers are with you and your family. We hope you are comforted by your wonderful memories of your father.
    The OVME team

  12. CandleImageWe are so sorry to hear of Jamie’s passing and extend our deepest condolences for your loss. Alexia Marcin, Lorenza’s daughter, is a dear friend of Sammy and Sara Akoubian. We read about how Jamie found pleasure and peacefulness in fishing. In his memory, we made a donation to the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, which “enriches the lives of children with special needs, supports their families, and strengthens communities through the sport of fishing.” Please know that the Akoubian family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. We’re so sad to hear of Jamie’s passing. He was always a larger than life spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his Family and Friends. RIP Jamie

  14. I was shocked and saddened to hear about Jamie. I was fortunate to have known him since high school. We lost touch but reconnected over the last several years. I will miss sharing the old soccer memories and his sense of humor and quick wit.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Akoubian family during this difficult time.

  15. My heart breaks for Sammy, Sara, Sydney and all of Jamie’s loved ones. Those three girls were the light of his life and it was obvious to everyone how proud he was of them all. My hope is that they find strength in one another and share moments of peace, love and laughter reminiscing about the good times together through the years.

  16. CandleImageOur family absolutely loved Mr. James, and we are so shocked and heart broken from this loss. He was our faithful school bus driver going on 6 years, and always looked out for our two boys. He was quick to smile, always made us laugh, and made me feel like our kids were safe and well cared for as they got to school and back home safely.

    If there is a donation fund or organization that was special to Mr. James, our family would like to contribute in his honor. He was truly a wonderful friend to us all and we appreciate him and miss him so much.

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