Decatur County Journal-Iowa
Thursday, June 24, l920
THOMAS J. AKERS died at the home of his son, CHARLES A. AKERS, in Denver, Colorado, June l0, l920, age 84 years, 4 months and 29 days.
The deceased was born in Putnam County, Indiana, January l2, l836, and is the last but one of a large family, MRS. LIDY HENDRICKS, wife of JOHN HENDRICKS, of Minnesota, being the only surviving member of this family.He left Indiana when but three years old and moved with his parents to Sheridan County, Mo., in l839.After the death of his father, he moved with his mother to Decatur County in l854.In l856, he went to California, where he was employed in the gold mines for five years.When the Civil War began, he enlisted in Co. B., 5th Reg., California Volunteers, served three years and two months, and was honorably discharged at El Paso, Texas, in l864. He then returned to his old Iowa home.
He was married in l866 to MARY ELLEN DOBSON, and to this union were born three sons and two daughters, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild surviving him.One son, LAWSON J., was killed in Co. G., l8th Inf., at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in l897, WILLIAM M. and CHARLES A. reside at Denver, Colorado; LUCY E., wife of ROBERT JACKSON, died at St. Joseph, Mo., in l9l8, and RUTH died in infancy.His wife passed to her reward in l876.He was again married in l887 at St. Joseph, Mo., to SUSAN THARP, who died in l909, and after the death of his companion MR. AKERS made his home with his son, CHARLES, at Denver, until his death.
In l87l he united with the Christian Church of Leon, Iowa, living a true Christian life, and expressed a desire to be taken home to rest, for said he, "I have no fear of death." Three weeks before he was taken sick, he heard the voice of his faithful wife calling him, and could see the faces of thousands of beautiful angels beckoning him home.
Thus, one by one, the old landmarks and pioneers, like the hands in the hour glass, are passing away.Peace to their ashes.The world is all the better for their having lived in it.
The remains were brought to Leon on Sunday, and laid to rest in the Palestine Cemetery, short funeral services being conducted by Rev. Henry Esch, of Cainsville, Mo.