George E. Akright, 79, of Hull, Illinois, passed away at 4:47 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.

George E. Akright, 79, of Hull, Illinois, passed away at 4:47 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal. 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate. Burial will be at Akers Chapel Cemetery in Pike County, Ill.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Mr. Akright was born July 14, 1934, in Hull, Ill., to Charles Lyle and Katherine Alberta Menger Akright. 

He was previously married to Mildred Robbins. Mr. Akright later married Jane Nelson on April 17, 1989, in Hannibal, Mo. She survives.

Other survivors include four children, Jeff Akright of Liberty, Mo., James Akright of Florence, South Carolina, Teresa Schultz (Herb) of New Canton, Ill., and Cathy Akright of St. Louis, Mo.; one stepson, Louis Goodwin (Mariah); three brothers, Donald Akright, Gerry Akright (Barb) and Richard Akright (Carla); three sisters, Mary McKay (Raymond), Lou Yates (Carl) and Sharon Lovelace (Jim); 13  grandchildren, Sarah, Riley, Bailey, Jase, Emily, Logan, Autumn, Ashlyn, Avery, John, Dakota, Ameren and one expectant grandson, due in October. Other survivors include several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles Edward Akright; one nephew, Rocky Akright; and one niece, Sarah Roth.

Mr. Akright retired from the Continental Cement Company of Hannibal, Mo., as a welder after 24 years of service. He loved to garden and raise tomatoes. George’s pride and joy was his John Deere 425 lawn tractor. He loved to mow his own and his neighbors’ lawns. George never knew a stranger and once you met him you never forgot him. If you were in need he would try to find a way to help, even if it meant that he denied himself. He was a great man of many talents. He loved artwork, which he has shared across three states. Most of all he loved his kids and grandkids. He loved to spend time with them and his fur friend, Fred, who was very special to him. George left his mark on everyone’s life that knew him. He was loved beyond words and will be missed by all.

Memorial contributions may be made to the James O'Donnell Funeral Home for funeral expenses.

Pallbearers will by Rodney Robbins, Kevin Fricke, Darrell Orr, John Shepard, Dave Garner and Dave Nelson.

Honorary pallbearers will be all of George's friends.

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