SMITHFIELD - Kennedy C. Akers, 87, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012.
He was born in Newport News, Va., the son of the late Maurice L. and Olga Lohse Akers.
A sister, Olga Belle Akers Abbitt; and brother, Maurice Akers Jr.; and a grandson, Jason Eric Allen also precede him in death.
Kenney is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Jan Akers; and children, Pam Hall, Ken Akers, Sylvia Collins, Kennedy C. Akers Jr., Kathy Quinn, Wayne Savage, Robin Lynn Santoro, and their spouses; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and extended family members.
He graduated from Newport News High School. He joined the Navy in 1943. He was a WWII Naval veteran and was proud to serve his country. He was the owner and Vice-President of Akers Beverage Corporation.
His greatest passions in life were his family and many lifelong friends. He loved spending time with each of them. He especially cherished his time on the water and will be forever remembered as a wonderful husband and father, a "man's man" and the world's greatest fisherman.
Our Captain will be missed. His lifelong love of fishing and the water was an inspiration to all who knew him, here and around the country.
A service celebrating Kenney's life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 Cedar Street, Smithfield, with the Rev. Joseph Savinsky officiating. Family and friends will gather in the church's Family Activity Center following the service for visitation and a reception.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 5712 Cleveland Street, Suite 100, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, (757) 497-2202.
Arrangements are in care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, Va. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.