Raleigh Co, WV

Obituaries for the Akers Family

Marie M Akers

Marie Mamie Akers, 83, of Beckley, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at a Beckley hospital following a long illness. Born March 2, 1917, in Bluefield, she was the daughter of the late Earl Crockett and Wreathe Watson Smith. Mrs. Akers was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Foster Akers; a son, Robert Akers; a daughter, Phyllis Akers; and five brothers, Walter, Nathan, Earl, Ralph and Alfred Smith. Survivors who dearly loved her include two sons, Jerry Akers of Pennsylvania and Thomas Akers and his wife, Danielle Coleman, of Beckley; seven daughters, Maxine Adkins and her husband, Lewis, of Maryland, Elsie Perkins and her husband, Carlos, of Alabama, Linda Mullins of Beckley, Mildred Lester of Beckley, Hazel Barker of Virginia, Kay Craig and her husband, James, of Virginia and Fredia Perdue of Mitchells Ridge; six sisters, Katherine Thomas of Sullivan, Joyce Reed of Coal City, Mary Cox of Illinois, Mildred Butler and Peggy Butler, both of Ohio, and Brenda Cox of Arizona; a brother, Kenneth Smith; 21 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Pastor Ed Garten officiating. Burial will follow in Hot Coal Cemetery. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.


Beulah Madeline Akers

Beulah Madeline Akers, 79, of 406 Allen Ave., Beckley, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, in Princeton Community Hospital. Born June 20, 1921, at Long Branch, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Tena Lively Wingrove. Mrs. Akers was retired from the Raleigh County Board of Education as a cook at Sylvia Elementary School with 25 years of service. She was a member of the Raleigh County Retired School Personnel Organization and had been a Beckley resident more than 65 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Akers, in 1985; and three sisters, Margaret Taylor, Florence Casto and Priscilla Dangerfield. Survivors include a daughter, Lana Anderson and her husband, Don, of Beckley; two sisters, Gail Sexton and her husband, Jerry, of Bristol, Va., and Ann Carroll and her husband, Ed, of Clermont, Fla.; a grandson, Todd Anderson; two nieces, Penny Sontos of Akron, Ohio, and Debbie; three nephews, Donald Casto of Point Pleasant, Richard Powers of Mississippi and Perry Dangerfield of Akron; and two special friends, Margie Williams and Shirley Mitchem. Committal service will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, Beckley. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25801 in memory of Mrs. Akers. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.


Regina 'Jeannie' Akers

Regina Mae "Jeannie" Hodges Akers, 45, of 771 Independence Road, Coal City, went to be with her Lord and Savior because God needed one more angel. She departed for heaven at 1:04 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a hard-fought battle with cancer. Born Sept. 2, 1955, in Beckley, she was the daughter of Alvin Lee and Edna Easter Hylton Hodges of Coal City. She was a disabled certified nursing assistant, last employed in private home health care. She was a 1974 graduate of Stoco High School in Coal City and a member of Beckley Church of God. She enjoyed motorcycle riding and traveling. Other survivors include her husband of 28 years, Steve Akers, son of the late William C. and Angeline Akers of Coal City; two sons, Earl S. Akers II and Sean Lee Akers, both of Coal City; two brothers, Ricky Hodges and his wife, Darlene, of Glen Morgan and Stephen Dewayne Hodges and his wife, Renee, of Whitesville; a sister, Drema Ellison and her husband, Rick, of Coal City; seven nieces; six nephews; six great-nieces and a great-nephew. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Beckley Church of God, South Kanawha Street, Beckley, with Pastor F.D. Sexton and the Revs. Roger L. Akers and Timothy E. Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Thompson Cemetery, Coal City. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church. Pallbearers will be Kevin McAlpine, Scott McAlpine, Monroe Jones, Paul Bays, Jerry Bolen and George Gibson. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.


John Irskin Akers, Sr.

John Irskin Akers Sr., 68, of Cool Ridge, went to be with the Lord, surrounded by family and friends, at 12:10 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2001, in McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center, Richmond, Va., following a short illness. Born Aug. 9, 1932, at Cool Ridge, he was the son of the late Kirk and Lottie Lilly Akers. Mr. Akers was a retired automobile mechanic service manager, having been employed by Duncan Catron, Burleson Motors, Derald Rollyson, Frank Derring Buick Subaru and Lewis Cadillac, Oldsmobile. He was a lifelong resident of the Cool Ridge area, and was a deacon, trustee ,and Sunday school teacher at New Life Baptist Church, White Oak. Mr. Akers was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, where he served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight engineer, with the rank of staff sergeant. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie Bunn Akers; two sisters, Meta and Bertha Akers; and two brothers, Lee and Ansil Akers. Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Patricia Wimbish Akers; five sons, John Akers Jr. and his wife, Dianna, of Cool Ridge, Mike Akers and his wife, Carolyn, of Navarre, Fla., Richard Akers and his wife, Arlene, of South Carolina, Scott Wimbish and his wife, Larissa, of Cool Ridge and Brian Akers and his fiance, Amanda Rose, of Huntington; two daughters, Patricia Akers Pack and her husband, Randall, and Tina Wimbish and companion, Ronnie Eskins, all of Cool Ridge; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Nason Joe Akers and his wife, June, of Beckley and Baxter Brown Akers and his wife, Pauline, of Cool Ridge. Service will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel, with Pastor Mike Sisson and the Revs. Jack Barber and Ernest Calfee Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Mount View Cemetery, Cool Ridge. Friends may call 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Grandsons Greg Bennett, Justin Pack, Mike Akers, Dale Pack, John Akers and Richard Snuffer will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Wood, Bill Harper, Bobbie Bowling, Johnny Harvey, Bill Meador and Clyde Pack. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to New Life Baptist Church, c/o Jamie Quesenberry, 884 Grandview Road, Daniels, WV 25832 in memory of Mr. Akers. The family may be contacted at 178 Windmill Court, Cool Ridge, WV 25825. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.


Cary 'Pete' Akers, Jr.

Cary L. "Pete" Akers Jr., 76, of Beckley, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born Sept. 5, 1925, in Charleston, he was the son of the late Cary Lloyd Akers and Elizabeth Nease Akers. During World War II, Mr. Akers served in the Army Air Corps as a flight officer (navigator) and was honorably discharged in 1946. He graduated in 1950 from West Virginia University with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He worked primarily as a mining engineer at Commercial Testing and Engineering Co. and at McCoy Engineering in Charleston before moving to Beckley in 1965, where he was employed at Gates Engineering Co. as the vice president of the Mining Engineering Department and later at Morris-Coker Inc. He served as president of the Appalachian Chapter of the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers, was on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers and was an active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Mr. Akers was a member of the Beckley Lions Club for many years, as well as BPO Elks No. 1452, where he held every office, including exalted ruler from 1973 to 1974. He was a member of Beckley Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Sue Muller; and his first wife, Virginia Bonsall Akers, the mother of his six children. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Snyder Akers; his children, Mary Calvert and her husband, Dan, of Beckley, Cary L. Akers III and his wife, Norma, of Lawton, Okla., Ginny Beasley and her husband, John, of Beckley, Peggy Perdue and her husband, Rick, of Verona, Ky., Minta VanderSchaaf and her husband, Ken, of Midland, Mich., and Kathy Boyrer and her husband, Jim, of Lewisburg; and his stepson, Bruce Childress of Beckley. He is also survived by his brother, Michael Akers and his wife, Marcelyn, of Charleston; his sister, Minta Quinn and her husband, Jim, of Naples, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Joe Bonsall of Sarasota, Fla., and George Bonsall of Columbia, S.C.; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. today at Beckley Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Robin Debnam officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call one hour before service at the church. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Donations of sympathy may be made to Beckley Presbyterian Church or to the National Association of Alzheimer's, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.


Tracy L Akers

VINTON, Va. - Tracy L. Akers, 37, of Hardy Road, formerly of Lashmeet, took the hand of his heavenly Father Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at 4:54 a.m. at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was born March 15, 1964, at Baltimore, Md.; he was the son of David I. Akers, Sr., of Whitewell, Tenn., and Elizabeth Walker Akers of Vinton, Va., the grandson of Naomi Walker of the Pinoak area of Lashmeet and the late Lovis L. Walker, Sr., and the late Enie Akers and Delsie Perry Akers, formerly of Sophia. Tracy was a quadriplegic, the result of multiple gunshot wounds on Aug. 8, 1982. He was educated in Matoaka, a former construction worker. Tracy had a great passion for restoring vintage cars as well as working on them to be reconditioned. He attended the Parkway House of Prayer, Vinton, Va. Survivors in addition to his parents and grandmother are one son, Robert "Robbie" Lynn Akers of Lashmeet; three sisters, Tammy Akers of Richmond, Va., Angie Akers of Vinton, Va., and Faith Akers of Bluewell; three brothers, David I. Akers, Jr., of Richmond, Va., Earnie L. Akers of Princeton, and Danny K. Akers of Baltimore, Md.; nephews, Stephen, Michael, Danny, Jr., Mark, Joshua and Jacob Akers; and nieces, Telsa, McKenzie, Jordan, Tracy, Robin, Kerry and Maegan Akers. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with the Rev. Steve Parker of Indianapolis, Ind., officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton. Pallbearers will be David Akers, Jr., Earnie Akers, Danny K. Akers, David Barlow, Steve Gilliland, and Raymond Comer. Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Memorial Funeral Directory, Princeton.



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