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Master Sgt. Thomas Arthur Akers, 58, U.S. Air Force, retired, a resident of Goldsboro, North Carolina, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in a vehicle accident while on his way home from work at FRC East at Cherry Point. 

Visitation services were 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Howell Funeral Home in Goldsboro. 

Born Nov. 1, 1958 in Kokomo, Tom was the son of Carl and Wyona Akers. 

He was a 1977 graduate of Taylor High School, where he was on the track team. He had a lifelong dream of joining the United States Air Force, which he fulfilled in April 1978. He served the United States Air Force for 20 years, retiring May 1, 1998, as master sergeant. During his service, he participated in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He was stationed in many locations around the world, including Japan, Korea, Singapore, as well as operating overseas in several TDYs. He spent most of his Air Force career stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, where he supervised the Egress Shop. He enjoyed a great many things, carpentry, grilling, fishing, camping, just to name a few. His greatest passion by far was spending time with family and friends. Tom was a kind man with a faith-filled, loving heart. Tom will be best remembered for his great love and devotion to his family and friends. He served his country with pride and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Akers; stepdaughter, Erin Marie; and loyal companion, Pokey. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Brenda Akers; sons, Jason Akers and Daniel Akers; adopted son, Roger Garfield (and wife Kim); stepdaughters, Caitlin Lutes and Megan Carroll (and husband CJ); his mother, Wyona Akers; sister, Karen Akers; brothers and their wives, John and Janet Akers, David and Beverly Akers, and Steve and Tracey Akers; and many nieces and nephews. 

Services for Master Sgt. Tom Akers will be Saturday, Feb. 4, at Center Road Church of Christ, 899 W. 300 South. Viewing will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a funeral service to immediate follow at 12:30 p.m., with Pastor Micah Powlleff officiating. Full military honors will follow. Graveside service will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. He will be laid to rest near his father, Carl Akers. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project (which can be found online at https://goo.gl/GvQWKU) making sure to check the box notifying the contribution is in memory of Thomas Akers. To leave a condolence, go to www.SunsetMemoryGarden.com