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04/15/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Kenney Akers

Kennedy C. Akers
(d. 13 Apr 2012)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1943

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.      Kenney Akers, Class of @ 1943, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012 in Smithfield at the age of 87. 

From the Daily Press - 04/15/12:

        Kennedy C. Akers


    SMITHFIELD - Kennedy C. Akers, 87, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012.

He was born in Newport News, Va., the son of the late Maurice L. and Olga Lohse Akers.
A sister, Olga Belle Akers Abbitt; and brother, Maurice Akers Jr.; and a grandson, Jason Eric Allen also preceded him in death.

Kenney is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Jan Akers; and children, Pam Hall, Ken Akers, Sylvia Collins, Kennedy C. Akers Jr., Kathy Quinn, Wayne Savage, Robin Lynn Santoro, and their spouses; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and extended family members.

He graduated from Newport News High School. He joined the Navy in 1943. He was a WWII Naval veteran and was proud to serve his country. He was the owner and Vice-President of Akers Beverage Corporation.
Kenney Akers
  His greatest passions in life were his family and many lifelong friends. He loved spending time with each of them. He especially cherished his time on the water and will be forever remembered as a wonderful husband and father, a "man's man" and the world's greatest fisherman.

Our Captain will be missed. His lifelong love of fishing and the water was an inspiration to all who knew him, here and around the country.

A service celebrating Kenney's life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 Cedar Street, Smithfield, with the Rev. Joseph Savinsky officiating. Family and friends will gather in the church's Family Activity Center following the service for visitation and a reception.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 5712 Cleveland Street, Suite 100, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, (757) 497-2202.

Arrangements are in care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, Va.  View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from April 15 to April 16, 2012.

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April 15, 2012 

Jan and family. My hearts and prayers are with you all. Thinking of you in this time of sorrow.

~ Pam Wilcher, Raleigh, North Carolina

April 15, 2012

I wish to extend to you and to members of your family my deepest sympathy on your loss. May the Lord's loving promises comfort you and give you strength as you walk through this difficult time. On behalf of a grateful nation as an expression of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service rendered by your loved one. “Honoring Those Who Served-Ministry” –Chaplain Richard Reuer, 1206 6th St SW, Minot, ND 58701. (If you wish a personalized memorial card mailed to you with history of playing of taps, 21 gun salute, meaning of each fold of the flag as a keepsake, please email me your address to where the card be mailed. This is a free service to fallen veteran families.)

~ Chaplain Richard Reuer, Minot, North Dakota
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April 15, 2012

Mr. Akers was very loved by all who met him. I remember many days of his kind words and warm smile. Miss Jan, my thoughts go out to you at this trying time. Love to you and your family. Leah Winzer LPN (aka the redhead@ DR Tom’s office)

~ Leah Winzer, Newport News, Virginia
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April 15, 2012

Kathy, we are so sorry for the loss of your father. We will be thinking of you and praying for you and your family.

~ John and Michelle Pizzola, Norfolk, Virginia

April 15, 2012

A man’s man. No doubt what that means whenever you met Mr. Akers. I met him on several big family gatherings and he and I always seemed to find the time to spend some time together and just share the joys in our lives. He had a way to make you feel special around him. That to me is a great man! God Bless the family and thank the family for sharing such a wonderful man with us.

~ Phillip Burke, Newport News, Virginia

April 16, 2012

I worked, fished, and enjoyed Kenney a long time. He was a great friend, best guy to work for, was fun to be around. God bless.

~ Sam Perry, Hampton, Virginia

April 16, 2012

Mrs. Akers, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We will always remember the many days that Kenny was with mom and Billy fishing and at her house. He is now reunited and fishing with his fishing buddies Ralph, Billy, John, Harvey, and Nick. He was a good friend to our family. We will miss him deeply.

~ Ron and Betty Hicks, Newport News, Virginia

April 16, 2012

Ken, so sorry for your loss... You and your family will be in my prayers!
Love -

~ Lynn Cole, Sacramento, California
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April 16, 2012

Jan, Kathy & John,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones at this time of sorrow. I know it is hard to have your love and best friend to leave but just know that he feels no more pain. Hold your memories close to your heart as these memories will help you through this difficult time. The Captain has set sail to the wonderful sea with Our Lord and Savior. Rest in Peace Kenney and we shall meet again.

Cheryl Penny and Family

~ Cheryl Penny, Newport News, Virginia
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April 16, 2012

Jan, I’ve know Kenney for many years since I’ve been with Roberts. His presence will be missed. He was a good an honest man and now the suffering is over and he’s dancing just waiting for us all. He just finished the race before we did. My prayers go out to you and your family.
God Bless,

~ Ron Whitley

April 16, 2012

My heart aches for all of the Akers family. I have known some of you for many years. I only met Mr. Akers once, he was kind enough to take KC & a bunch of us for a deep sea fishing trip. I still haven't forgotten it & that was over 30 years ago. We had the best time. He was a very memorable man.
I hope you will find comfort in the happy memories you have of him. I am so sorry for your loss and will pray for your family to find peace in the days ahead.

~ Susan Bryan, Newport News, Virginia
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April 16, 2012

Sylvia and K.C.,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my dad way back in 1980 but I still think about him all the time and the good times we shared as I'm sure you will about your dad.

~ John Schindel, San Diego, California

April 16, 2012

Kennedy will be missed. I will always remember when he had the pier my friends and I used to hang out and when he lived on Elm Avenue down the street from my grandmother.

~ Charles Thomas, West Berlin, New Jersey

April 16, 2012

Dear Pam, Ken, Sylvia and K.C.,
I was sorry to read of your fathers passing, there was a man bigger than life and got the most out of life.
One of the last times I saw him he had a tire blowout on Rt. 64 and I stopped and helped him change it. I cannot remember if it was before or after that we were wirelineing the same piece of water in the James River one day but every time he would reel up and move I would follow. It was a great day watching the best there was work that magic, he let me learn one or two secrets before he shook me loose in rough water, it was a memory I will not forget. Mr. Akers will always be remembered and missed by the Boykin family.

~ Ted Boykin, Seaford, Virginia

April 17, 2012

Jan, KC, Olga and All...

Kenney was more than just a landlord, but a blessing. I've lived at "River Acres" for many years; and Jan, you and Kenney helped to make living here like "home".

When I first met him I thought he was in his 50s, but surprised to learn he was in his 60s at the time! He worked on these apartments when he didn't have to, which I think helped him to stay young...that and fishing and crabbing!

He said once that I was like family, which touched me a great deal...and which is why I will miss him. May God hold you all close and comfort you until that great day when we will all meet again.

~ Steve Thomas, Newport News, Virginia

April 17, 2012

Rock Fish stew on a cold winter day: no one could cook it like Big Kenney! Will miss him dearly, but who is to say I will not see him again one day! Rest in peace, buddy!

~ Unsigned

April 17, 2012

  You will be missed deeply and never forgotten about.

~ Audry Mitchell, Richmond, Virginia
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April 17, 2012

Will always remember Kenney Akers as he was a true mentor to all of us during the "Fish Shack" years in Newport News. Always had time to share his knowledge and love for fishing. He will be missed by all who ever knew him.

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April 17, 2012

Jan and family really sorry to hear about Kenney I was looking forward to him visiting the new store he promised me. Love to all, Susan

~ Susan Hutson, Yorktown, Virginia

April 17, 2012

  Jimmy and Sylvia, our Prayers and thoughts are with you and all your family at this difficult time. We did not know Kenney but we want you to know we are thinking about you all at this time and will add Kenney to our Prayers. The Burke Family, (Annie, Stephen, Buddy and his siblings) Zebulon, NC

~ Buddy Burke, Zebulon, North Carolina

April 17, 2012

You are in my prayers and thoughts at this time of your loss.
May our God surround each of you with comfort and peace.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Grace, Peace, and Love,

~ Janet Lockstampfor, Newport News, Virginia
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April 18, 2012

Sorry to hear of Kenney’s passing. Although I haven't seen a lot of him in the last several years because I'm out of town a lot, I often think of the "SeaHoss" and old fishing days out of N.C. He was a good man and surely will be missed.

~ Tommy Powell, Poquoson, Virginia

April 18, 2012

Being lucky enough to know Kenney for over 30 years, it's tough to see him go. Having turned to Kenney for advice over the years, I realized as I got older and older, how wise his words were. He was a faithful father figure to me through good and bad times in my life, and I'll always treasure our relationship. And, as a Grandfather to Casey and Whitney, he was the best. Rest in Peace, Kenney.

~ David Delk, Williamsburg, Virginia

April 19, 2012

Kenney (Mr. Akers) was very much a part of our family from fishing with Daddy (Ashton) to knocking on our dining room window dressed up like Santa Claus (my heart is still recovering from that!). He will deeply missed by all of us particularly Dad. Kenny was a true blue friend.
Jodie Clarke McClement

~ Jodie Clarke, Greensboro, North Carolina

April 19, 2012


April 19, 2012


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Akers family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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 Jesus Savior, pilot me over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treacherous shoal;
Chart and compass came from Thee; Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

As a mother stills her child, Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will, when Thou say'st to them "Be still!"
Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea, Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

When at last I near the shore and the fearful breakers roar,
'Twixt me and the peaceful rest; then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me, "Fear not, I will pilot thee."

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea.
Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."

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