Mr. Walter Lee Aikens died Aug. 25. The youngest son of Mr. Tom Will Aikens and Mrs. Susie Bell Banes Aikens, he was born in 1941 in Newton County. He joined Early Hope Baptist Chuch at an early age and was a devoted husbnd, father, grandfather and friend. He attended J.P. Carr School. He was a chef and worked with Hercules for many years. He also worked for Vantage and did construction work for a stucco company. Mr. Aikens was preceded in death by sisters Ms. Maggie Aikens, Ms. Sarah Johnson, Ms. Olivia Jackson; brothers Mr. Henry Aikens, Mr. John Thomas Aikens; brother-in-law Mr. Jimmy Walker; and sister-in-law Ms. Ada Rodgers.
Surviving are wife Mrs. Mary Jewel Aikens; sons Mr. Rona;d Aikens, Mr. and Mrs. Michael (Lisa) Aikens; daughters Ms. Deborah M. Aikens Reid, Ms. Diana E. Aikens Robinson; grandchildren Jermaine, Latoya, Whitney, Medarcus Aikens, Lekeyia Reid, Tijuana Reid, Barry Reid Jr., Taylor Robinson, Anna, Alisha and Ameila Aikens; sister Ms. Gracie L. Aikens; brothers Mr. Waymon Aikens, Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Rosa Lee) Aikens, Mr. Aaron Aikens; adopted brother Mr. Harold Franklin; aunt Ms. Virginia Banes; devoted neice Mrs. Mildred Grant; sisters-in-law Ms. Rosemary Aikens, Mr. and Mrs. Julius (Sylvia) Sawyer, Ms. Helen Stroud, Mr. and Mrs. Morris (Delores) Strong; brother-in-law Mr. James Walker; cherished nephew Mr. Walter White; devoted son-in-law Mr. Barry Reid; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Aug. 30 at Good Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. E.J. Tomlinson officiating. Interment followed in Flat Shoals Cemetery.