Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 3, 2014

William J. (Bill) Akers

PRINCETON — William J. (Bill) Akers of Princeton died peacefully on December 28, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital surrounded by family.

Bill was born on August 24, 1944 in Princeton and lived and grew up on Circle Drive. He loved sports and played football in junior high school and was nicknamed “Tank” because he had big wide shoulders and was a tackler for his team. Throughout his life he continued to love football and attended local high school games and WVU games for many years.

He graduated from Princeton High School and attended Concord College in Athens where he received his teaching degree. He was a member of the TKE Fraternity and was Student Body President while at Concord. Bill taught English in Mercer County Schools, Tazewell County Schools and in Louisiana.

After teaching a few years, he decided he would like to become a lawyer, so he enrolled at West Virginia University in Morgantown, where he graduated and received his law degree in 1972. He was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar on May 15, 1972. He was an attorney in Princeton for forty one years. He enjoyed helping others and represented people of all ages who needed legal assistance from divorce, adoption, murder, traffic tickets, and car wrecks.

He was a member and Past President of the Mercer County Bar Association and a member of the American Bar Association and the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He was also a member of the Mercer County Board of Education for several years during the 1980s.

Bill was saved in 1977 after Deborah Carrico witnessed to him and led him to the Lord. After attending a fourteen week revival held in Virginia, he was baptized in the New River at Glen Lyn, VA by Rev. Paul McClanahan, Hartzell Carrico, and J.B. Shelton and later became a member of the Princeton Presbyterian Church. Bill recently attended the New Covenant Pentecostal Holiness Church.

He was very active in the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in the 1980's. Bill loved the Lord and studied the Bible often quoting scripture to people or find a passage in the Bible that would be helpful to someone he was talking with. He loved tracing his family tree and talking with anyone whose name was Akers or Wolford to see if they were somehow related to each other.

Bill also enjoyed participating in the student exchange program in Mercer County Schools and opened his home to at least three exchange students for a semester each year. He enjoyed learning their culture and telling them about the American culture and some of the customs, activities, and sports in the Princeton area.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his mother and father, Dan M. Akers, Sr. and Elizabeth Wolford “Libby” Akers; the mother of his two daughters, Jane Fowler Akers; and his son, William Gregory Akers who died on November 2, 2013.

Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Patricia Sue White Akers of Princeton; two daughters, Katherine Akers Hidalgo and husband Oliver and their daughter Gretchen of Lexington, KY and Kristina Akers Adams and husband John and their children Katie, Jane, and Jack Adams all of Waxhall, NC; and one son Bo Akers of California; one brother, Dan M. Akers, Jr. and wife Carolyn of Charlotte, NC and their children, Dan M. Akers, lll of Greenville South Carolina;  Michelle Akers Osborn and husband Ben and their son Colin of Concord, NC, Wendy Akers Pryor and husband Steve and their children Lauren and Jackson  of Mooresville, NC.; step children, Alvin L. White, Jr.  and his wife Robin, Mike A. White, Tony White and his wife Regina and Jimmy White and his wife Telia all of Princeton; his devoted office staff, Butch Wolfe, Barbara Parsons, Kim Hall, and Ashley Lytton; and his faithful canine companion, Junior.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor Ron Reeves and Pastor Jim Stanley officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Friday, January 3, 2014.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Covenant Pentecostal Holiness Church, C/O 119 Radio Lane, Princeton, WV 24740.

On line condolences may be sent by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com.

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Akers family.

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