Obituary of Dorothy Akers
Dorothy (James) Akers, age 99 of White Hall, went to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born at home in Greene County, south of Glasgow, on January 27, 1919, daughter of Roy Carmel and Ida Christina Gauges James. She was one of six daughters, and since there were no sons, Dorothy learned at an early age to drive a team of horses behind a plow. Her five sisters, Amelia Schutz, Eloise Hanback, Viola Prindle, Imogene Hiatt, and Carmelene Pinkerton preceded her in death.
Dorothy walked to Lovelace School from her home and then rode by horseback to Patterson when it still boasted Grade School through High School. After graduation, she worked as a waitress at Griswold’s Café in White Hall, and then as a clerk at Ridings Dry Goods Store, also in White Hall.
She married WWII veteran Carl S. Akers on April 24, 1946 and they made their home in Roodhouse for two years. They joined the Roodhouse First Baptist Church where she was a Deaconess for years, and where she is still a member.
Dorothy was a homemaker, and then a mother when on March 1, 1947 she gave birth to their son, Stephen Kent. In 1948, Dorothy and Carl moved to a farm near Patterson, and on June 9, 1952 their daughter Deanna Linn was born.
Dorothy loved gardening (both vegetables and flowers), cooking, sewing, and listening to old time, and gospel music. Finding new dessert recipes was a passion of hers. Carl left her a widow way too soon when he passed away May 25, 1981, but she stayed on at the family farm until 2012 when health issues made it necessary to move to White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she was lovingly cared for.
Her son Stephen Akers of White Hall, and daughter and son-in-law Deanna and Lyndell Dyer of Carmi will miss her and remember her with love.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2018 at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall, with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Williams – Edwards Cemetery west of Barrow. Memorials are suggested to Williams-Edwards Cemetery.