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July 14, 2014

Parker County Judge Ben Akers dies

WEATHERFORD — By SALLY SEXTON

WEATHERFORD – County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Charles Benjamin Akers, 57, described by his colleagues as fair and impartial, died shortly before 5 p.m. at his home after a lengthy illness.

Akers presided over County Court at Law 2 since 2004, spending the prior 17 years as an attorney in private practice.

“I’ve known Ben since 1998,” Parker County Judge Mark Riley said. “I was county commissioner when he was the assistant county attorney.

“He practiced in my court as well as several others and he was a respected attorney.”

“Not only was he very well respected as a judge but he was a friend to many people,” Riley said. “We say that about a lot of folks but those are two very true statements to apply here.

“When a judge is known by all for being partial and renders quality decisions, that says a lot.”

County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Jerry Buckner, who worked alongside Akers for the last 10 years, expressed his sadness at Akers’ passing.

“I think we’re all very sad to see him go,” Buckner said. “We were a good team. We voted him to be our local administrative judge and we’d hold meetings in his jury room.

“His mind was sharp until the very end.”

Akers, who conducted court in a wheelchair, was reported to have been in the hospital before entering hospice care approximately two weeks ago.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be too long, but I think we were all surprised that it happened so quickly,” Buckner said.

A memorial service for Akers will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Northside Baptist Church. A reception will follow in Akers’ courtroom at the Courthouse on the Square.

Akers is survived by his two children, Maggie and Mark, as well as his mother, Shirley Akers; sisters, Debbra Dunn and husband, Randy, Sandy Higdon and husband, Dave; brother, Dan Akers and wife, Veronia; and many nieces and nephews.

Akers’ term would have ended in January of 2017.

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