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Charles Holton Acker Jr.

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82, of New Windsor The Rev. Charles Holton Acker Jr., 82, of New Windsor, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. Born Jan. 3, 1928, in St. Petersburg, Fla., he was the son of the late Charles H. Sr. and Gladys Irene McCraven Acker. He was the husband of Virginia Burns "Gina" Acker, whom he married Nov. 27, 1947, and who died Jan. 8, 2009. He attended high school in Trian, N.C., graduating in 1942, and he attended the University of Florida. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and then the Air Force. Following this, he was in the Army Reserves and was called back for the Korean War to train others in Weather Bureau service. He met his wife in St. Petersburg while she attended the University of Florida. He was working for a mail contractor, hauling mail from the railroad station to the post office. They met in a café/soda bar where she would make him milkshakes while he was waiting for a train. Following his time in the service, he worked in movie theaters as a projectionist then an auto parts store. In 1955, he and his wife bought their own parts store, which by 1990 had grown into two stores and a Honda motorcycle agency in Dunkirk, N.Y. He became a licensed preacher in 1968 and started serving small country churches. He was a deacon and was ordained in 1973 and graduated from seminary in 1976. He served a church in Sheridan, N.Y., where he started working at the Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., as a chaplain. In 1992 he came to New Windsor, serving St. Paul's United Methodist Church, where he retired in 1998. He then took a charge at Flohrville United Methodist Church. He also filled in as a volunteer chaplain at Carroll Hospital Center and in December 1997 he was awarded Gold Star Employee of the Month. He was the only one to receive that award who was not a full-time employee. In January 1997, he started as a state police chaplain, working out of the Westminster barrack, and in 1999 was appointed as director of chaplains of Maryland State Police, working in Pikesville. His last ministry was serving the Johnsville United Methodist Church. He and his wife were curators of the Strawbridge Shrine from 1997 until 2004, and he was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars 1017 in Dunkirk. Surviving are a daughter, Melissa Lee Hopkins, of Olean, N.Y.; son and daughter-in-law Charles H. III and Joellen Acker, of Gaithersburg; grandchildren Kayne Michael Hopkins, Kerri Beth Hopkins, Charles H. Acker IV, Robert Mitchell Acker and Daniel James Acker; great-grandchildren Jordan, Brady and Danica Kayne Hopkins, Katheryn and Charles H. Acker V; a half-sister, Alice Lenora Novak, of Pinellas Park, Fla.; and an aunt, Ida Acker, who raised him. He was predeceased by a brother, James Hubert Acker. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service, 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 310 Church St., New Windsor. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Pipe Creek Cemetery near Linwood. Memorial contributions may be sent to Strawbridge Shrine Association, c/o Dorothy Shindle, 138 Willis St., Westminster, MD 21157. Online condolences may be offered at www.hartzlerfuneralhome.com. Sign this guest book online at www.carrollcountytimes.com.
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Published in Carroll County Times on Sept. 7, 2010
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