James William Akard


July 21, 1955 ~ June 9, 2023 (age 67)

James William Akard passed away at home on June 9, 2023.

James was born July 21, 1955 in Fort Worth, TX. He was adopted by William H. and Mary Louise Akard on October 19th, 1956. He married his childhood sweetheart, Becky (Holloway) Akard, in St. Mary’s Church on July 17, 1976.

In James’ early life he worked as a hay broker, custom farmer, and rancher. James was not deterred by hard work and long days.  He was later elected and served two terms as County Commissioner in Hamilton County. James was an entrepreneur, having owned several businesses throughout his life. After retiring, James enjoyed traveling with his wife, spending time with his family, and especially becoming a grandfather. James was very active in his granddaughters’ lives and took pride in the role of being “Grandy.” 

James was a proud member of the Trinity Anglican Church in Dublin, TX.  The fellowship of the Church was an important part of his life. James was a kind, loving, and considerate person.  Always choosing the right over the wrong and remaining true to his values and beliefs. This did not mean that James was hesitant to apply his wit and humor to any occasion. He created many lasting memories for his family that are filled with laughter and joy. He was a devoted father and grandfather who created a nickname for everyone.  His granddaughters will forever be known as “dancer” and “prancer”.  

James had an affinity for sweets, especially those made by his sister, Eloise.  James was often requesting homemade desserts and treats from his sister.

James is survived by his son, Will, and wife Melissa; son, Chris, and wife Emily; grandchildren, Evelyn and Lainey; sister, Eloise O’Bannon, and husband Mike, and many cousins and friends. James was proceeded in death by his wife, Becky; and father and mother, William and Mary Louise.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 16th, from 6-8 pm at the Stephenville Funeral Home. Services will be conducted by Father Noy Sparks Priest, at St. Mary’s Anglican Church on the corner of College and Main in Hamilton, TX at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 17th. Internment to follow at Country Oaks Cemetery in Hico, TX.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Anglican Church in Dublin or St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Hamilton.

Through God’s promise, James has entered his eternal home.

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