Jimmy Lynn Eakins, 79 of Nixa, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, January 3rd, 2023, surrounded by family.

He was born November 6th, 1943, in Ozark, Missouri to his parents Rex and Ila (Gardner) Eakins. Jim was united in marriage to Sherry Ellen (Wrinkle) Eakins on June 29th, 1984.

He was a successful businessman opening A&J Printing on Boonville St. in Springfield, Missouri in 1968. The business later moved in 1978 to where it stands today in the building he built in Nixa, Missouri.

He was a professional bass fisherman, beginning his career with Finley River Bass Club in Sparta, Missouri. He later traveled with B.A.S.S, F.L.W., the Everstart Series, B.F.L., Red Man, U.S. Bass, and Central Pro Am divisions across the United States. He was a member of The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 32nd Degree in the Valley of Joplin since 1972 as well as a Shriner. He currently belongs to the Henderson Lodge in Rogersville, Missouri.

He is survived by his loving wife Sherry; Son Troy Eakins and wife Cathy, Daughter Toni Eakins, and Daughter Kristin Burton and husband Dale; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; his sister Neva Hesington and brother Richard Eakins and wife Mary.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 9, 2023 from 10 am to 11 am at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.

Jim will be laid to rest in a private family burial.

Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.