Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 12, 2013

Garnet Akers Richmond

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

DUNNS — DUNNS - Garnet Akers Richmond, 103, of Dunns, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Serenity Place Nursing Home at Lerona. Born May 7, 1910 at Cucumber (Newhall), she was the daughter of the late, Lula Conner Akers and Wade Virgil Akers.

Garnet moved to Dunns when she was 10 years old. She graduated from Beaver High School in Bluefield. She later graduated from Concord College and taught school in Summers, Raleigh and Mercer counties before retiring as the principal of Flat Top Elementary. Garnet was a member of the Mountain Creek Missionary Baptist Church at Dunns and became a Christian at age 16. Through the years she enjoyed gardening, hiking, ginsinging, bluegrass music and reading.  She loved poetry and often came to the table reciting a famous poem. Garnet has been an inspiration and role model for all who have known her. She attributed her long life to God and “climbing these hills.” Go rest high on the mountain.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Samuel Akers, James Akers and Elmo Akers; and four sisters, Denetta Dillon, Shirley Lilly, Ruth Okes and Ramona Massey.

Left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Thelma Ruth Lusk of Dunns; two sons, Harold Keith Richmond and his wife, Patricia of California, Md. and Dennis Hugh Richmond and his wife, Naramanda of Dunns; five grandchildren, Sallie Harvey of Holly Hills, Jeffrey Richmond and his wife, Elizabeth of Sunderland, Md., Melanie Dichter and her husband, Craig of California, Md., Paul Richmond and his wife, Cristina of Fairmont and David Richmond and his wife, Leslie of Dunns; and six great-grandchildren, Zachary Harvey, Jordan Harvey, Samuel Dichter, Stephanie Dichter, Kole Richmond and Jozef Richmond.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Anthony Miller officiating. Interment will follow at the Dunns Community Cemetery at Dunns. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. To view a video tribute to Mrs. Richmond, or send the family online condolences, please visit