By occupation he was retired from the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. During the war, he became a Purple Heart recipient. He was also a former city judge in Powell County and a life long member of the Hazard V.F.W. and D.A.V. chapter #64. He was also named all state commander.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Margaret Miller Akers; son Walter Akers and brothers Walter Akers and Demcey Akers.
He is survived by his wife, Roselee Lewis Akers of Somerset; sons Sammy Akers and wife Patty of Somerset, Larry Akers and wife Tina Lousie of Pine Knot and Edward Akers of Somerset; daughter Brenda Lee Dickheart and husband Dave of Fort Pierce, Florida; brothers Willard Akers of Hazard, David Akers of Scuddy, Joseph Akers of Scuddy and Johnny Akers of Big Creek; sister Tiny Sue Akers of Whitesburg; 11 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 27 at the Engle-Walker Funeral Home of Hazard with Willie Ramsey officiating. Burial took place in the Resthaven Cemetery located at Jeff.