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Alice Akin, 72, of Morehead, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in the Ridgeway Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Owingsville.
She was born on June 10, 1940, in Paintsville, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Dr. William Edwin Akin, Jr. and Lola Belle Haycox Akin Blair.
Alice was a retired journalist.
She attended Our Lady of the Mountain Academy (Grades 1-8) and was a 1958 graduate of Paintsville High School, where she was the valedictorian. She was also a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
Alice was a reporter and education editor for The Lexington Leader for 20 years. She was also a reporter and assistant city editor for The Kentucky Post.
In 1968, she was nominated for the Ernie Powell Award, which is a national award that recognizes writing that exemplifies the writing style of him. She was nominated for this award for a series that she wrote on the Pee Wee Valley prison, where she spent five days living with and interviewing the inmates.
In 1970, she took a job with the State Department of Human Resources, where she was the public information officer. Alice also worked for the Rowan County Unemployment Office, Ezelle's Flowers and was a paralegal.
She finished her career as a reporter for The Morehead News.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, William Allen Akin.
Survivors include one brother, Dr. James Paul (Barbara) Akin of Natchitoches, Louisiana, nephew, Dr. Jonathon Andrew Akin of Natchitoches, Louisiana, two step-brothers, Paul Wilson Blair and Dr. Donald Everett Blair both of Morehead, step nieces, Lisa Banks and Jennifer Anderson both of Morehead, step-nephew, District Judge Don Blair of Mt. Sterling, several step great-nieces and great-nephews and numerous cousins, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the chapel of the Lane-Stucky-Gray Funeral Home with Dr. Jack Ellis and Father Brice officiating.
Graveside services and burial will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Wells Family Cemetery in Paintsville.
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