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Robert Lee Akers

Robert-AkersRobert Lee Akers, age 66, of Mena, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at his home. He was born on Friday, December 12, 1947 to Burlen Ellis and Marjorie Ruth Dunaway Akers in Seguin, Texas.

Robert graduated from Glenwood High School in 1965 and enjoyed attending a dinner every month with his classmates. After high school, he went to Henderson State and graduated in Business and then attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and received his Master’s Degree in Banking. He worked most of his 30 year career in banking in Waldron, Arkansas. Robert was into street rods and loved to enter car shows with his 1936 Ford 2 door sedan. Robert was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mena, a former president of the Waldron Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and Ouachita Rodders. Robert loved spending time with his family and spoiling his grandchildren. Robert was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend and he will be greatly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Janice Lee Akers.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law Amy and Chris Phelps of Mena, Emily and Austin Gilliland of Mena; one sister Mary Ann Forrest and husband, Jeff of Benton; one half brother Roger Akers of San Antonio, Texas; two half sisters Janelle Neal and Pamela Lopez both of San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren Hollee Phelps and Nicholas Phelps both of Mena; a niece and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Mena at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Tom Frase officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Mena. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 22, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.

Pallbearers will be Chris Phelps, Nicholas Phelps, Sam Snead, James Kelley, Orville Norris, Dickie Newberry, Max Smith and James Laird. Honorary Pallbearers will be Austin Gilliland and Danny Joe Jenkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church 501 9th Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953 or the Mena Regional Health Support Foundation, P.O. Box 1526, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

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