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Rickie Lee Akers, Sr.

May 4, 1959 - August 30, 2021

Rickie Lee Akers, Sr. went to be with the lord on August 30, 2021, in his home in Bedford, VA. with his wife Lora by his side.

Rickie was born in Roanoke, VA, to the late Claude Akers and Aileen Akers in addition to Rickie’s parents, he was preceded in death, by his son, Willie Ray Akers. Rickie loved spending time with his family, enjoyed vintage cars, and working on his lawn.

In addition to Lora R. Akers, his wife of 42 years, he is survived by two sons and two daughters. Ricky Lee Akers Jr., Randy W. Akers (wife Jessica R. Akers), L. Christine Massie (husband Justin Massie), Ashley Akers (husband Sam Strouth). His brother Eddie Akers (wife Linda Akers) as well as many adored grandchildren, sisters, other relatives, coworkers, and friends.

Celebration of life will be held and announced by family.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send online condolences please visit

Celebration of life will be held and announced by family.

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I worked with a fun individual many years ago at Bright Crest , I got to call you my friend, prayers to your family Ricky

Posted by Enos Tosh Jr on September 3, 2021

We've known each other almost 40 years. I am so sorry. Sending prayers and lots of love.

Posted by Shelby Melvin on August 31, 2021

i am very sorry for your loss the suffering is over he gone home thinking of him

Posted by joe akers on August 30, 2021

I've known your whole family at least 20 yrs, it always seemed like a close knit family. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Just remember there is no pain and suffering in Heaven. I'll be praying for the family.

Posted by Margie Huffmyer on August 30, 2021

Dear uncle Rickie you will always have a place in my family’s heart. I will never forget all the laughs,and stories you and my dad would tell us. And for trusting me with your son Willy remember when I took him to get a hair cut, well unc I’m happy your not in pain anymore, so until I see you again I love you uncle rickie

Posted by Stanley Wade jr on August 30, 2021

My dad was an incredible man. He provided for his family and made sure his children had the guidance we needed; regardless if it’s what we wanted to hear at the time or not. I am grateful for my dad and the wisdom he shared with us. Above all else I loved that he joked with us all. He was a very stubborn man until his last breath; there is not a question in my mind he loved his children, wife, family and friends.

Posted by Christine Massie on August 30, 2021

I just want to thank you for the knowledge and advice! Thank you for telling me not to buy that one house!! I know I never really told you I love you! But, I love you and am tankful your my father in law!

Posted by Justin Massie on August 30, 2021

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