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Dennis Michael Eakin, Jr.

Dennis Michael Eakin, Jr., age 30, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Southwest Baptist Church with Rev. Haskell White and Dr. Stan Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery with Ashton Rowell, Neil Chason, Cameron Shockley, Stephen Eakin, Kevin Clees, and Luke Lyons serving as active pallbearers. Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, those attending are asked to maintain the recommended safe social distancing of six feet and/or wear protective masks in accordance with the State of Georgia guidelines.

God, family, hunting, fishing, pit bulls, chickens, heavy Chevys, and raising cane. Michael had the biggest heart and would give the shirt on his back to anyone. He loved being outside, the freedom. He wasn’t one to sit still. If you ever rode out 97 South, you would usually see him outside on the lawn mower, feeding his chickens, playing with his pup Winter, or practicing his cast so he could catch the next “big one.” He was always right on time with a rhyme. His pride and joy was his daughter. In his eyes, she hung the moon. He loved his nephews, his “man B” and “best buddy” L,” with all of his heart. There was nothing better to him than showing Mae and those two boys about shooting hoops and chicken coops. He spent his time teaching them about hunting, fishing, and living. There’s no relationship like the one siblings share and Michael’s two best friends were his sisters. Nothing compares to the love of a brother and from a brother. He was “our baby” and heaven help whoever messed with us girls. Even at 30, when the sun set, that baby was headed home to the woman he loved the most, his mama. (Where he’d been known to go crawl in her bed and curl up right next to her). That’s just where he was headed when God gave him a detour. He was “almost home”. God whispered come with me. Our hearts will forever be broken and feel the loss of his absence. We will find comfort somehow, some way in knowing Michael is finally at peace.

Michael, go find the best pond up there, save us a stool, and when our time comes we will meet you and daddy there.

Michael was born January 15, 1991 in Bainbridge, Ga., the son of Dennis M. and Sheliah K. Eakin. His father, Dennis, preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother, Sheliah K. Eakin of Bainbridge, Ga.; his daughter, Maelee Rayne Eakin of Bainbridge, Ga.; his sisters, Kimberly Eakin, April Shockley, and Patty McConnell (Joel), all of Bainbridge, Ga., and Amy Helms (Chris) of Elberton, Ga.; his maternal grandmother, Patricia Kincaid of Bainbridge, Ga.; and his nieces and nephews, Braeden Michael, Layken, Summer, Luke, Ariel, and Logan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Plenty of Pit Bulls, P. O. Box 12319, Gainesville, Fla. 32604, or to the non-profit addiction recovery program of you choice.

Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com.