Mr. Albert A. Acker

August 12, 1936June 15, 2010

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 .


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 18, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, June 17, 2010
  • Accepting Friends Friday, June 18, 2010

Mr. Albert A. Acker

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August 28, 2010

What I remember? His smile and laugh, never an unkind or harsh word, first meeting him and thinking that Aunt Gail had met her soul mate, his milkshakes, his kindness to my Grandmother. And, his Mother's red velvet cakes.

Judy Burton Wood

June 29, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Larry and Lydia Buff

June 22, 2010

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Ann Leopard

June 20, 2010

The Memorial Service was beautiful and a glory to God! Thank you, dear Gail and your loving friends at Rainbow Church for the sweet hospitality. We will miss Albert but rejoice in the love as expressed in Savannah's precious letter. Susan and Andrew you have truly been blessed to have had a father's love that will influence you all you life. We look forward to the reunion around Jesus one day.
Love in Christ,
Ann & Tom Leopard

Jason Coker

June 17, 2010

Thank you, Uncle Al, for being the kind of man that everyone can look up to as a role model. This world is a better place now simply because of your presence in it. You were a wonderful person and the legacy you have left behind in your children continue to show that every day. Good bless the Acker family and I hope to see you all soon.

Jennifer Cole (Ethan's mom)

June 17, 2010

We will miss Albert so much, especially at Ethan's soccer games and birthday parties. He always brought a smile and a hug. I thank God for giving Ethan such a wonderful and loving family. I appreciate and love all of you very much. My prayers are with all of you during this time.

June 17, 2010

I'm going to miss Albert so much. His sweet smile was something I looked forward to seeing every Sunday morning. He fought the good fight so well, and was an inspiration to everyone. You all are in my prayers. Much love, Buddy Robertson

Mary (Semrick) Parker

June 17, 2010

Thank you, Mr. Acker, for being such a dear friend to our family over the years. May you rest in God's peace and may God give your family the comfort you often gave to us!

Yvonne Roberts

June 17, 2010

Uncle Al will be truly missed. He was wonderful man. I love you all so very much.
Love, Yvonne