Family-Placed Death Notice
DOROTHY HELEN AYER AKERS Dorothy Helen Ayer Akers died peacefully at her home in the early morning hours of January 3, 2007 in her room filled with the love of our Lord, her family, and her devoted care givers. She was 82 years old, born October 21, 1924 in Anderson, S. C., to Charles F. Ayer and Kate LaFoy Ayer, Helen grew up in Seneca, S. C., where her father owned People's Furniture Company. She graduated salutatorian from her high school class and cum laude from Winthrop College. Helen married Calvin Scott Akers in 1946 and lived in Gastonia, N. C., where Akers Motor Lines, Inc., was headquartered. They later moved to Atlanta where Mr. Akers opened another southeast terminal for Akers Motor Lines, Inc. Helen was actively involved in her church and numerous charitable organizations. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta for over 50 years where she served as elder, President of the Women of the Church, Circle Leader, a member of various search committees, Sunday School President and a Stephen Minister. She was also a member of the Shepherd Spinal Center, Women's Auxiliary of Piedmont Hospital, Tea Olive and Wood Valley Garden Clubs, Sewing Club, Piedmont Driving Club, Capital City Club, Atlanta History Center, The Atlanta Symphony, Racket Club, Rabun Gap Nacoochee Club and Tallulah Falls Club. Helen had a beautiful voice and loved playing the piano. She also enjoyed entertaining and was the perfect hostess. Everyone was delighted to be invited to one of her parties. She continued entertaining her friends at her condo even after suffering several strokes with luncheons, music, fun and laughter. Helen and Scott were also world travelers. They had circled the world many times and were barely home and unpacked before planning their next trip. They also enjoyed taking their children on trips and having large family vacations before the family grew too large. Mrs. Akers was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 54 years, Calvin Scott Akers, and a baby daughter, Mary Elizabeth Scott. She is survived by her five children, Betsy Akers Crawford and her husband Mike; Mary Helen Abbott and her husband John; Calvin Scott Akers, Jr. and his wife Betsy; John Frederick Akers and his wife Debi; and Robert William Akers; her grandchildren: Michael and Scott Crawford, Helen Abbott Jonas and Caroline Abbott, Scott III, Morgan, William and George Akers, and Fred Akers, Jr., and two great grandchildren, Clark and Price Crawford. The family would like to thank her care givers, Catrenia S. Ellison, Gwendolyn C. Rowland, Musu W. George, and Shelley O. Hall for their constant love and devotion to their mother. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. The family will receive friends at Spring Hill Sunday, January 7, 2007 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta on January 8, 2007 followed by a Celebration of Life reception provided by the Women of the Church immediately following the service. Arrangements by H. M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring Street NW Atlanta 30309, (404) 876-1022.