Akers, Joan Link

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On April 4, 2016, Joan Link Akers, 82, of Riner went home to Heaven and entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, where she also joined her husband of 59 years, Harless Freeman Akers.

She was born on Mattox Mountain in Check, Virginia on August 17, 1933 to the late Joseph Conner Link and Rheba Jane (Light) Link.

Joan worked at number of jobs during her life—Blue Ridge Overall Factory, Christiansburg Garment Company, Auburn School Cafeteria, Avon Lady—but her greatest life work was being a faithful, loving wife and Godly Christian mother who raised up five children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Joan is survived by 5 children, Vicki Painter (Buck), Donna Lucas (Danny), Jerry Akers (Lori), Cindy Hart (Tim), and Mark Akers (Alisa Knapp—fiancé). Grandma Akers was blessed with 11 grandchildren, Tonya Phillips, Melanie Bishop, Monica Percival, Justin and Katie Lucas, Zachary, Seth, Caleb, and Hannah Akers, Matthew and Colby Memitt as well as 14 great grandchildren, Allison Bishop, Riley Phillips, Therron, Elijah, and Ivy Percival, Amelia and Cooper Lucas, Harleigh Mikels, Micah and Raegan Akers, Paisley Cox, Ava Holt, Aubrey Akers, and Sheila Memitt. Also surviving are four brothers, James (Peggy), Danny, Paul, and Allen Link, three sisters, Betty Reynolds, Mary Richardson, Brenda Hungate (Carl), and one foster sister Joyce Whitaker (Chris).

Friends may call at Gardner Funeral Home after 8:30 AM Friday April 8, 2016 where the family will be from 6-8 PM. Funeral services will be conducted at Gardner Funeral Home in Floyd at 11:00 AM on April 9, 2016 with Pastor Jerry F. Akers (son), and Pastor Ben Whitaker officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Cemetery in Christiansburg.

Online condolences may be made at www.gardnerfuneralhomefloyd.com. The family is being served by Gardner Funeral Home in Floyd.