A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Rainbow Presbyterian Church for Albert Alfonso Acker, 73, who went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Tuesday, June 15, 2010, after an extended illness. The Revs. Robbie Hendrick and William Whitwer will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 tonight at Collier-Butler Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. prior to the memorial service Friday at Rainbow Presbyterian Church. Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Friday for family and friends at Forrest Cemetery.
Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services directing.
Albert was a graduate of Gadsden High School and the University of Alabama with a degree in statistics in 1958. He served in the Army Reserve during the Vietnam era. He worked at Hayes Aircraft in Birmingham and the old Republic Steel Corp. (later becoming Gulf States Steel Corp.). He was active in many things, including serving as a poll official for 38 years, playing golf, being a member of an investment club, a coin club, a ballroom dance club and the Jack's University Club in Southside. He loved Alabama football and enjoyed watching them play with family and friends.
Albert loved his wife and family very much, and they will always cherish their memories of him. He also loved his church family who were there for him in so many ways, but especially upholding him and his family with their many prayers. Before joining Rainbow Presbyterian Church in 1999, he served as deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church, Gadsden, where he had been attending since birth.
Albert was preceded in death by his wife of seven years, Marlene Brothers Acker; father and mother, Aubrey A. and Lillie Mae Acker; and sister, Mary Frances Gaston.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Gail Coker Acker; daughter, Susan Acker (Eric) Womack; son, Andrew Albert (Amanda) Acker; and three grandchildren, Savannah Firestone, Ethan Womack and Ally Acker.
Pallbearers will be Gene Cleveland, Landon McWilliams, Ben Connally, Lynn Clayton, Tom Purkey, James Kampfer, Ronald Herrington and Don Wilson.
A special thanks to Amedisys Hospice for being there with Albert and his family during this time.
Flowers will be accepted or donations made to Rainbow Presbyterian Church building fund or the American Cancer Society .