Akers, Leon Donald

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Leon Donald Akers, 85, of Christiansburg passed over into the arms of the Father peacefully at home surrounded by his family on September 29, 2022, just as his loving wife, Virgie, had 3 months and 25 days prior.

Leon served in the US Army from 1956 – 1959. He proudly served with Company A 793D Military Police Battalion APO696. He owned and operated Akers Construction company for 50 years. He loved building and working with his hands.

Leon loved the outdoors. He enjoyed sitting outside on the porch with his wife, Virgie, counting airplanes. He ran a Christmas tree farm. He loved the farm life. He raised cows, pigs, and chickens. He spent countless Sundays with his family driving through the countryside dreaming of buying land and tractors.

Leon loved and valued his family, and enjoyed spending time with them. A couple of his favorite things were shooting fireworks with his grandchildren and an annual family beach trip with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Leon is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Virgie Gilmer Akers; grandsons, Gabriel David Akers and Elijah Douglas Altis; parents, Don And Aletha Akers; siblings, Kenneth, Gene, Calvin, Alvin, Leona Darlene, Ruth, and Larry.

Leon is survived by his children, Karen Akers Havens, Jeff Akers (Becky), Eric Akers (Missy), Cheryl Altis (Doug), Lisa D. Akers; grandchildren, Matthew Havens (Sara), Daniel Havens, Josh Akers (Ashley), Nathaniel Akers (Whitney), Mikaela Akers, Ashley Altis, Austin Altis (Jenna), Caleb Altis, Grace Altis, Jacob Altis, Evan Akers (Taylor), Hope Akers; great grandchildren, Oliver Akers, Emerson Akers, Caroline Altis; sister, Maybelline Holcomb; and numerous nieces and nephews. A special recognition goes to the members of Good Samaritan Hospice who worked with him in his final months to ensure he passed gracefully and with dignity.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Horne Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, October 4 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Todd Triplett officiating. Interment will follow in Duncan Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions should be made to Wounded Warrior Project, Lewy Body Dementia Association, or the Michael J Fox Foundation.