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Mary Magdalene Harris Eakins, 81, previously of Hampstead, died on Monday, February 29, 2016, in Covington, Ga. She was born August 9, 1934, in Whiteville to Rackley and Louise Prigden Harris.

Mary graduated from James Walker Memorial Nursing School in Wilmington, NC. She had a long career caring for others as a registered nurse in hospitals and doctors’ offices in North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. She also worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield as an auditor later in her career. She served in many Christian ministries, including serving with North Carolina Baptist Association disaster relief services. She was an avid reader; enjoyed traveling and watching college and professional sports; and most of all, loved time spent with her family.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Tom Eakins. She is survived by her three children, including sons, Ronnie Eakins (Sonia) of Ellerslie, Ga., Randy Eakins (Carol) of Covington, Ga., and daughter, Rosemary Eakins of Chattanooga, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Drew Eakins (Holly), Rob Eakins (Abbie), Stephanie Cleveland (David) and Jared Eakins; three great-grandchildren, Mary Kate, Mills and Madden Cleveland; and siblings, Martha Harris, Avery Harris, Harold Harris and George Harris.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 5, at Scotts Hill Baptist Church in Hampstead. A funeral service will follow at noon at the church with interment following at 2:30 p.m. in the Eakins Family Cemetery in Pender County, near Shiloh.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Mary Harris Eakins to the Alzheimer’s Association online at, or at Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633, or your local Alzheimer’s Association office.

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