By Reubin Turner
In the past three weeks, the history of the Hugo Chapel Baptist Church that sits on the corner of Broadway and Laurel, has been explored and dissected through the various members who have both attended, and currently attend. There is one member, however, who has a made a significant impact on the lives of others — one that he will probably never be fully aware of.
The Rev. Roylia Akins, the pastor of the Hugo Chapel Baptist Church, has exemplified in many aspects, what it means to serve. A pastor of the Hugo Chapel Baptist Church for more than 30 years, Akins has worked tirelessly in many areas of the church to see that it grew and flourished. The church’s appreciation for the minister can be shown by the fact that their dining hall, “Akins Hall,” bears his name.
As the Police Chief for the city of Hugo, Akins worked to combat drug trafficking and was recognized many times on the local and state level for his work in helping to eradicate drugs from the area. Even in retirement, Akins has worked with the Hugo Schools, talking and encouraging student athletes on game days. Akins has always been a big supporter of Hugo athletics, and you will almost always see he and his wife, Bernice Akins, cheering on the Hugo Buffaloes.
I Corinthians compels us as Christians to plant the seeds, and allow God to give the increase. People such as Akins and others in the community, have all planted seeds that have helped advance the black community. This month, and always, we remember and honor them.