CMS (USAF, Ret.) Bill Aker, 80, of Panama City, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Nile, his sister, Barbara Justice and husband, Del, whom he considered his brother, of Hampden, WV, adopted grandchildren, Ayla and A.J. Ramey. He is also survived by nieces, Debbie Butcher and husband Brad, their children, Nathan and Danielle, Pam Ramey, and husband Aca, and their children, Ayla and A.J., all of Hampden, WV.
He is survived by one brother-in-law, Conley S. Goad of Gilbert, WV, and several nieces and nephews, many loving friends whom he considered family, and special "sister" Joann Bennett.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Ray and Hattie Aker, sister June Aker, infant brother, Gayle Aker, and brothers-in-law Bill Goad, Jim Goad, Greenway Hileman and sisters-in-law Daphine Hileman and Linda Goad, all from WV. He is also predeceased by his best friend, Lee Bennett of Panama City, FL.
During Bill's Air Force career, he served in many places in the United States, Europe and Asia. He was devoted to his family and country and he received many awards for his service. Bill sustained a service connected disability and spent many years volunteering at Gulf Coast Hospital and his church.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Southerland Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jack Hankins officiating. Entombment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, will full military honors provided by Tyndall Air Force Base honor guards. The family will meet with friends form 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 10, at Southerland Family Funeral Home.
The family thanks all the staff at Sims VA Nursing Home for the care given to Bill. We especially appreciate all the nurses and CNAS whom Bill loved, and also the nurses from hospice. We thank special CNA Kim Durant.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emmaus United Methodist Church Building Fund or the
Expressions of sympathy may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily.com.
100 E. 19th St.
Panama City, Fla. 32405
Published in Panama City News Herald on Apr. 10, 2013
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