Ernest Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Akers
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
— Philippians 1:21
Ernest Ronald “Ronnie” Akers, 69, of Beckley passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, following a courageous battle with colon cancer.
Born Sept. 21, 1937, at Crab Orchard, he was the son of the late Claude F. Akers and Marie Cochran Akers.
In addition to his parents Ronnie was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Akers.
Ronnie was a member of Memorial Baptist Church, Beckley, where he taught the Bykota Sunday School Class. Ronnie was a 1950 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. Ronnie was the former car sales manager of Grady Whitlock Ford, and was currently employed at Earehart Enterprises for the past 24 years. He enjoyed going to car auctions with his closest friend Mike Prunesti. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family telling them stories. Ronnie loved to study and teach the scriptures.
Ronnie served his country in the United States Army.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 43 years, Freda Cox Akers ; three daughters, Christy Meadows and husband, Bob, of Crab Orchard, Sherry Scott and husband, Brad, of Beaver and Julie Bragg of Beckley; a brother, Jack Akers and wife, Esther, of Daniels; sister, Joyce Akers of Beckley; three grandchildren, Ashlee and Bradley Scott and Rachel Bragg; mother-in-law, Mildred Cox; Jerry and Alice Cox, Ronnie and Kathy Acord, Jeff and Anita Spicer, Joey and Nancy Cochran; and a host of family and friends.
Praise and worship service will be 2 p.m. today at Memorial Baptist Church, Beckley, with Paul Blizard officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Chapel of Peace, Beckley.
Pallbearers will be Mike Prunesti, Wayne Byrge, Ted Milam, Herbie Atha, Pat Burdiss and Harry Hoskins. Honarary pallbearers will be Andy Earehart, Charlie Farmer and Keith Walker.