Oather 'Dee' Acord


Oather D. "Dee" Acord, 85, of Cranberry Drive, Beckley, died Monday, July 23, 2001, at his home following a long illness. Born Dec. 4, 1915, in Saxon, he was the son of the late Millie Acord McGinnis and George Honaker. Dee resided in Raleigh County his entire life, moving to Cranberry in 1932. He was a member of Cranberry Community Church and UMWA Local Union 71, retiring from Eccles Mine No. 6 in 1979 after 43 years as a coal miner. He was also preceded in death by his stillborn son, David, in 1949; a sister, Ressie Marie Creed; and five brothers, Andrew Blaine McGinnis Jr., Eugene McGinnis, Howard, Junior and Ralph Honaker. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Survivors include his beloved wife of 63 years, Jessie Norman Acord; four daughters, Kitty Lusker of Valrico, Fla., Alice Cox and her husband, Jerry, of Beckley, Deborah Crawford and her husband, James, of Akron, Ohio, and Susan Jenkins and her husband, Edward, of Beckley; two sons, Ronald Gene Acord and his wife, Kathy, of Beckley and Robert Dee Acord and his wife, Nancy, of Sprague; 14 grandchildren, Rebecca Ludke of Valrico, Theresa Ludke Whitlock and her husband, Andy, of Lawrenceville, Ga., Melanie Ludke Magruder and her husband, Randy. of Valrico, Robin Acord of Sprague, Bobby Acord and his wife, Missy, of Oak Hill, Jerry Acord and his wife, Bridget, of Beckley, David Acord and his wife, Renee, and Richard Acord and his wife, Cindy, all of Evansville, Ind., Amy Acord, Amanda Cox and Lauren Cox, all of Beckley, Mark Crawford and his wife, Kelly, and Matt Crawford and his wife, Lynette, all of Akron, and Andrea Neely Akers and her husband, James, of Beckley; eight great-grandchildren; five sisters, Madeline Harmon of Huntington, Edith Hawley of Beckley, Virginia Iber and Betty Fagg of Columbus, Ohio, and Marie Gibson of Glen Daniel; and three brothers, Douglas Honaker of Flint, Mich., Randy Honaker and Jackie Honaker of Glen Daniel; and also by Rosie Honaker of Glen Daniel; and a sister-in-law, Pauline Lowry and her husband, Robert, of Beckley. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Roger Pauley officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

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