Larkin James Akers died Friday night at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at Kimbrough Funeral Home in Cisco, Texas. Interment will be in the family plot in the Oakwood Cemetery. Services at the chapel and gravesite will be led by Rev. Timothy Akers and family members.
Mr. Akers is survived by: his wife, Doris Lee (Hall) Akers of Youngsville, La; his son James Larkin Akers and wife Toni of Crittenden, KY; Karen Leigh (Akers) Warner and husband Bill of Forest, VA; his daughter Lauren Cea (Akers) Haygood and husband Jim of Lafayette, LA; his son Kright Bee Akers and Jonathan and Samantha of Baton Rouge, LA; three grandsons: Joshua Larkin Akers of Crittenden, KY; Bryan Andrew Warner of Forest, VA; and Henry Hunter Hargett of Lafayette, LA; six granddaughters; Shawna Rachel Akers of Asheville, NC; Gretchen Hall Akers of Austin, TX; Vanessa Leigh Warner of San Francisco, CA; Amanda Lee Hargett of Lafayette, LA; Jessica Anne (Warner) Litchford of Forest, VA; and two brothers: Timothy Akers of Whitney, TX; and Ommer Akers of Atlanta, TX; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Addie (Pharr) Akers, his brother Prinnis Akers, and his sister Etoile Shefler. His parents lived and raised their family primarily in Eastland County, TX. In the latter years they lived in Cisco, TX or the Cisco area.
Mr. Akers was born on November 25, 1923 south of Ranger, TX in Eastland County. He attended the Chaney and the Cross Road schools, both located south of Ranger in Eastland county; Oliver Springs school, located northwest of DeLeon, TX in Comanche county; Scranton school, Romney school, Lutheran school and Cisco public schools, all located in Eastland county Texas.
He served in the US Navy from April 15, 1942 to January 18, 1946. He was attached to a Line Ship Repair Unit in the south Pacific until the surrender of Japan in 1945.
After WW II during 1946- 1947, and part of 1948 he farmed in the Cisco area and worked on the Cisco Police Force.
April 1, 1948 he joined the Texas Highway Patrol and served as a Texas Highway Patrolman stationed in Uvalde, TX until October 1, 1951.
Mr. Akers attended Southwest Texas Jr. College and Baylor University. He graduated from Baylor University with a BS degree in Geology in 1955.
Between the years of 1955 and 1975 he worked for Texaco, Inc. and Hugh A. Hawthorne stationed in Houston, TX; Corpus Christi, TX; Lafayette, LA and New Orleans, LA. In 1975, he formed Akers Oil and Gas Exploration, Inc. in Youngsville, LA and ran it until he retired in 1986.
He is a Mason and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.