March 20, 1934 – Nov. 28, 2017
James Scott “Scotty” Akers was born March 20, 1934 in Louisa, KY to James and Dorothy (Hayes) Akers. He passed away on November 28, 2017 in Orange City, Florida.
Scott graduated from Belfry High School, Pike County, Kentucky and in 1956 received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Kentucky University. On June 9 of that same year, he married his life partner, Joann Blakely. He served for 2 years in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas followed by 6 years in the Kentucky National Guard. He was employed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the Revenue Cabinet until his retirement in 1993 as the Cabinet’s Press Officer. He then held the position of legislative liaison for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission for 6 years.
An avid sportsman, Scott, with his wife, Joann, fished the rivers of Montana and the western United States for many years. Together, they enjoyed their annual hunting and fishing trip to his grandfather’s cabin in Ontario, Canada. They maintained homes in Frankfort, Kentucky and Orange City, Florida, recently making Orange City their full-time residence.
In recognition of his many accomplishments and service to his State and Nation, Scott was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky.
A military ceremony for Scott will be held December 13, 2017, at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, Mims, Florida.
In addition to his wife, Scott is survived by his brother, Larry (Mary Ann) of Clancy Montana, a cousin Barbara Greer of Louisa, KY nieces and nephews.