wrote his own obituary and gave it to a close friend for safekeeping before he kicked the bucket June 1, 2011 at his home in Charlotte, N.C.
One must assume the close friend inserted the date and place of death. However, the friend did not insert Akers’ age, leaving the deceased to explain that in his own words in his auto-obituary, which was published in the Charlotte Observer.
He was old. So old he remembered black and white television, gas for 10 cents a gallon and Mickey Mantle's rookie season.
It’s hard to pick a favorite line in this self-written obit.
…hopeless romantic and a hapless husband.
Neither marriage produced any children or any particularly fond memories.
…awards for his occasionally coherent writing…
And then there were his thoughts about self-excommunication and bad knees.
We hope Akers is one with, as he put it, the someone or something that somehow started everything.
Thanks for some fine and fun final words.
This post was contributed by Amy Rabideau Silvers, who writes obituaries for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and recently won two awards for obituary writing from the Society of Professional Obituary Writers.