Lawrence O’Neal “Popneal” Akins Sr.


5/11/1941 – 2/22/2023

Lawrence O’Neal “Popneal” Akins Sr., 81, of Jasper, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023, at Walker Baptist Medical Center. 

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, from 10 until 11 a.m., at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home. Service will follow at 11 a.m., in the Kilgore-Green Chapel, with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mark Lockhart will officiate. 

Neal was a downtown businessman, a three-term Walker County Road Commissioner and was retired from Alabama State Department of Agriculture. He was a loving and devoted father and Popneal. Neal was an avid golfer and teacher.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Lou Akins; parents, Bill and Dutch Akins, brothers, Coleman Akins and Doug Akins; sister, Evelyn Jones.

He is survived by his children, Cherrie Lockhart (Mark) and Neal Akins Jr.; grandchildren, Kristin Colburn (Darin), Bart Lockhart (Amy), Buddy Akins (Tabatha) and Allison Lockhart; great-grandchildren, Hayden, Evan, Eva, Brantley, Bryant, Annslee, Rylan and Rhett; sisters-in-law, Regina Akins and Marie Akins; his devoted friend and chosen brother, Charles Bishop; caretaker and loving friend, Shelly Hunter; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Walker Area Community Foundation or to an individual in need. 

Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-9503