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Charles Edward Akers, son of Simon Peter and Kathryn Akers, was born January 31, 1863, in Chariton County, Mo., and died at Higgins, Texas, April 9, 1947, aged 79 years, 2 months and 8 days.
He was converted at an early age and joined the Bethpel Presbyterian Church, better known as Aunt Katies Church, which was named for hi mother who was a great church worker and instrumental in establishing the church.
In 1894 he was united in marriage to Cleo Avis Earl and to this union ten children were born two son passing away in early childhood.
Th family came from Missouri to Shattuck in 1904 to remain until 1911 when the moved to his ranch ten miles southwest of Follett, Texas. With the leading rankings of his day he took a part in developing the country from its pioneer condition. He bought and sold thousands of cattle and was known as a straight dealer and honest man.
Bedfast since breaking his hip in the early part of the winter, he had been under special care in Hissing, Texas, where he was killed by the Tornado of April 9.
Surviving relatives are: his wife, Mrs. Cleo Akers; four sons, Charles R. of Lipscomb, Texas; Irving Allen of Follett, Texas, Rev. Homer C. Akers of Portales, N. M. Edward Eugene Akers of Follett, Texas; four daughters: Mrs. Verner Parker of Alpine Texas, Miss Elizabeth Margaret Akers of Big Springs, Texas, Mrs. Bob Smith of Wichita, Kans. Mrs. Grover Smith of Boise City, Okla.; one brother, Rev., W. W. Akers of Gastonia, N. C. and 20 grand-children, 2 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Obits from old newspapers submitted by: John A. Rider
Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society
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