Akers, Louise Jones

Louise Jones Akers 94, of Christiansburg, died August 10, 2018 at her home. She leaves behind her husband of 70 years, L Jackson Akers.

She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Porterfield, and husband, Jim Hawley of Christiansburg, granddaughter Dr. Carrie Porterfield Neal and husband Dr. Jeff Neal, and great grandchildren Emma, George, and Jackson of Hickory, NC, granddaughter Dr. Katie Porterfield Collins, and husband Adam, and great grandchildren Porter and Louisa of Mooresville, NC.

She is also survived by her son, L. Barry Akers, and wife Donna, and granddaughter McKenzie Akers, also of Christiansburg.

Two sisters in law, Sylvia Jones, and Janice Jones survive, as well as brothers in law, Harold Akers, and wife Bobbi, and Freddie Akers, and wife Martha.

She was predeceased by her son in law, George N Porterfield Jr., her parents Frank and Nellie Jones, a sister, Bertha Jones Crawford, and four brothers, Harold, Earl, Oscar, and Wallace Jones.

Louise and her family were blessed with the help of loving caregivers, Lesley, Luba, and Shannon, and the staff of Good Samaritan Hospice.

Louise loved God, her family and her community. She was a long time active member of Main Street Baptist Church, and employed at Leggett for many years. She was very involved in the Christiansburg Recreation Department Senior Athletes Program. She was a familiar competitor in area races, sometimes running with her granddaughters. Her collection of gold medals grew as she ran in National Senior Olympic Games across the country. Her race times in the 1995 Games are still ranked in the top 10 of all time.

Over the years Louise baked hundreds of pies to share with family, friends, and neighbors. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her legacy will be her smile, her “never quit” attitude, her kindness, and the lessons of love that she instilled in her grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at the Horne Funeral Service in Christiansburg, on Tuesday August 14 from 12:30 until 2:00. A celebration of life service will be held immediately following the visitation.

Memorial flowers will be appreciated or donations may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice or Christiansburg Rescue Squad.