Lawrence William Akers
Lawrence William Akers
  • September 18, 1928 - September 15, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Lawrence (Larry) William Akers died Friday, September 15 encompassed by love from family,
friends, and care takers. He is survived by daughter Kelly Johnson and her husband Vass, son
Chip Akers and his wife Marcie, son Wes Akers and his former wife Julie; grandchildren Eric
Johnson and his wife Aly, Alex Johnson, Saige Akers, Izzee Akers, Luke Akers, and great
granddaughter Elliot Johnson.
Red, as he was known by older family members and friends, was born in Roanoke, Va. where
he met the love of his life, Norma (Toodles) Hundley Akers, at a bus stop when he was 19 and
she was 15 years old. Soon after, they started dating, and as he liked to say, "they never got
over it." They were married in 1951, after he returned from a stint in the Navy. They spent the
first years of their marriage in New York City where he was stationed at Navy Headquarters.
Norma persuaded him to use his G.I. benefits, and he enrolled at Virginia Tech in 1955. Two
kids and 8 years later he graduated with a Civil Engineering degree in 1963. Larry worked in
surveying and mapping for 35 years, which included 12 years with the U.S. Geological Survey,
and 23 years with the N.C. Geodetic Survey, where he retired as Chief in 1994. He also served
as President of the N.C. Society of Surveyors in 1984 and received an honorary award as
Surveyor of the Year from the National Society of Professional Engineers. Although he retired
as the "boss", he loved being in the field with his employees and crew making maps and
surveying land, particularly in the mountains. His ashes and spirit will make their way to the
mountains of NC, and also to the Rockies near Banff and Lake Louise in Canada.
His beloved Norma passed in 2015, and he relied on his large loving family, his wonderful
neighbors in North Hills, friends from Millbrook Baptist Church (where he was a member for 50
years), and his wonderful hospice caretakers to live out his final two years doing what he loved
best - walking along the greenways near his house and around his neighborhood talking to
friends. North Hills will miss "Mr. Larry" sitting on his porch and waving to the kids coming
home from school.
Larry Akers loved his Norma, he loved his family, and he loved people. We will all miss him, but
know we will still be surrounded by his spirit, his dry wit, and his unique, courageous, stubborn
outlook on life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Transitions Life Care here in Raleigh.
A Memorial Service to Celebrate Larry's life will be Monday, September 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM at Millbrook Baptist Church, 1519 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh NC 27609. His family will receive friends following the service at the church.