Maxine Jewel Akers, 81 of Pembroke and formerly of Narrows was taken by a heavenly band of angels in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. She was born in Sylvatus on March 11, 1929 to the late Rosa and John McGlothlin and was preceded in death by her loving husband of fifty-four years, James W. Akers. Also preceding her in death were her mother and father-in-law Ola and Jim Akers, her brother Roy McGlothlin, her brother-in-law Walter (Bud) Lambert, and a very special friend Fred Corder.
She was a loving wife, a caring mother and grandmother, a talented seamstress and a faithful Christian. Her joy in the Lord was most evident when she played and sang songs to His glory.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters and sons-in-law Brenda Holdren of Roanoke, Sandra and Gary Williams of Forest, Debra and Lewyn Caldwell of Salem; her sons and daughters-in-law Jay Akers of Roanoke, Martin and Sherry Akers of Forest; Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren Ben Caldwell (Ethan and Evan), Tracey Wright (Kelsi and Kiera), Darryl and Melissa Williams (Claire), Kristen Burnette (Kristopher and Kaizlyn), Cory and Kristen (Timothy) and Blaine Akers; Brother and Sister Joy Surratt and John McGlothlin; Sisters-in-law Lorine Lambert and Claudine McGlothlin; a special niece and nephews Suzanne Woodward, Butch Lambert and David Surratt , brother-in-law and wife Rusty and Betty Lang; her loving caregivers Christy Agee and daughter Kaden; a host of nieces and nephews and cousins.
Her family would like to thank the nurses of Gentle Shepherd Hospice for their considerate care and Dr. Patton Saul, Dr. Harry McCoy, Dr. William Fintel, and Joe Artusio, PA for their diligent care of our mother during her illness.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, November 21 at 2:00 PM in Bethel Chapel, 1402 Clendennin Road, Narrows, VA with Pastor Eddie Kendall and Rev. Betty Carter officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows. The family will receive friends at Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St, Pembroke Saturday evening from five until eight PM, and at other times at the home of Lorine Lambert, 110 Esther St, Narrows. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Gentle Shepherd Hospice, 6045 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA 24019 or to American Cancer Society, 2840 Electric Road, Suite 106A, Roanoke, VA 24018. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.