Akiko K. Walters

August 26, 1974May 8, 2018
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Akiko K. Walters, 43, of St. Pauls passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, NC. Akiko enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Among her many passions were spending time at Jordan Lake and the beach, enjoying fun in the sun. She loved flowers and gardening. She also loved relaxing by the pool and playing with her dogs Roxy, Max and Brax. She enjoyed Mountain Dew and was known to keep one at hand. Left to cherish her memory are her husband Matt Walters and daughter, Hannah Walters. A son Michael Dustin McNeill. Granddaughter, Adalynn McNeill. Her Mother Shirrel Rhodes , her maternal mother, Cynthia Floyd and husband Lester. A brother Lester John Floyd Jr. Two sisters, Tonya Floyd Locklear and Ashley Floyd. Her grandmother Evelyn Hill and many aunts ,uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Meredith Hill and step-father Alex Jeffery Rhodes A service to celebrate her life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at First Baptist Church in St Pauls, NC. A visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2018 at McNeill Mackie Funeral Home in St. Pauls, NC. Burial will follow the Celebration of Life service in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in St. Pauls, NC.


  • Visitation Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, May 12, 2018

Akiko K. Walters

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Christine McLean

August 7, 2018

Akiko you are a true inspiration to all who knew you from your infectious smile to your go getter personality. You will truly be missed. It has been a pleasure to be able to know your family and to be able to watch Hannah grow into such an amazing young lady.

Harry Carter

August 7, 2018

Akiko will always be a part of our family. I know that Hannah will grow up to be someone you would be proud of. We will see that she gets what she needs to be successful in life. And every time I see a MOUNTAIN DEW I will think of you.



Akiko K. Walters was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Akiko was born on August 26, 1974 at Charlotte Mecklenburg Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Her parents were Jeff and Shirrel Rhodes. Akiko was raised in Fairmont, NC. She was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Growing up in the Rhodes household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Akiko was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Akiko was raised with three siblings; they were John, Ashley, and Tonya. Akiko was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. Akiko and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Akiko was always consistently loyal to her family.

      As a young child, Akiko was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn’t pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Akiko developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. In her spare time she liked baby dolls. However, what Akiko enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

      While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Akiko as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Little Field High School in 1993. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Math. Akiko was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Akiko always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Akiko was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw her own conclusions based on direct observation, Akiko was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. She was committed to her friends and valued the trust she placed in them. It was not uncommon for Akiko to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought her out for advice because she had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, one of her best friends was Koann Harris. They remained friends through Akiko's life

      On May 27, 1995 Akiko exchanged wedding vows with Matthew H. Walters at the First Baptist Church at St. Pauls of St. Pauls, NC. Compassionate and devoted to Matthew, Akiko held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Matthew and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy.

      Akiko brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Akiko was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Akiko was blessed with two children, son Dustin, and daughter Hannah.

      Akiko greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Akiko enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Akiko was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Her primary occupation was a legal secretary. She was employed for five years at Burlington Mills, and for eighteen years as a legal assistant with Regan Law Firm. Akiko worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      As a woman who always showed great commitment to the things she believed in, it’s little wonder that Akiko was so active in her community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Akiko preferred to base her decisions on first-hand experiences. Akiko was never afraid to roll up her sleeves and dig right in. Akiko was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Big Marsh Fire Department Ladies Auxilliary.

      Akiko was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in St. Pauls, NC. She was a sympathetic woman who valued her beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Akiko enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Akiko appeared effortless. She enjoyed researching all of her examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where she traveled, Akiko always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included spending time at the beach with friends, and camping at Jordan Lake.

      Akiko was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Akiko’s favorites was Roxy, a Black Lab. They were best friends for twelve years. Her family was rounded out by her Black Labs, Max, and for a short while, Bray.

      Akiko K. Walters passed away on May 8, 2018 at Southeastern Medical Center. She battled for three years against ovarian cancer. She is survived by her husband, Matt; son, Dustin; and daughter, Hannah. Services were held at First Baptist Church, St. Pauls. Akiko was laid to rest in Oakridge Cemetery, St. Pauls, NC.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Akiko K. Walters. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved, and will be remembered for her love for God, family and friends, her Labs, and most of all her love for Mountain Dew.