Gary Wayne "G.W." Akers Sr., 59, died on Friday, October 19, 2012. G.W. enjoyed driving cross-country in his 18 wheeler. His other love besides his family was being on the wide open road riding his "Ultra Classic" and his "Dyna Wide Glide". G.W.'s passion and hobby was working on bikes and hanging out in the garage with his son and best friend, "Lil" Gary. He was a wonderful father and husband who took pride in caring for others and putting their needs first. G.W. served in the United States Navy, while serving he received a service medal, Vietnam medal with a bronze star, Armed Forces expeditionary medal, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign medal. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty G. Akers; two daughters, Natalie Akers Hurst and husband Brian Hurst, Farmington, MO; and Heather Lynn Akers, Donaldsonville; son Gary Wayne Akers, Jr., Donaldsonville; two grandchildren, Riley and Cole Hurst; sister Frances Smith and husband Dave Smith, Nebo, IL; and Goddaughter Mimi Fortney Kelley. Preceded in death by mother, Mary E. Neese; father, Benjamin "Bud" Akers; two sisters Sharon Webb and Linda Akers; and three brothers, Roy, Donald, and Randy Akers. Pallbearers will be Gary W. Akers, Jr., Joe White, Johnny Millien, Tony Trepagnier, LeDon Pool, Len Benjamin, Peter Kocke, and Brian Hurst. Honorary Pallbearers will be Scotty Hazen, Buddy Crowder, Billie Baise, Geoff Martin, and Chris Guthrie. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. at Ourso Funeral Home in Donaldsonville. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at church cemetery. Condolences can be made at www.oursodonaldsonville.com.
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Published in The Advocate from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2012