James Edward Akright

Born August 17, 1924

James Edward Akright, 89, a longtime resident of Williamsburg, passed away on September 8, 2013. He served many years as a Transportation Specialist with the Department of Defense and was a member of St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church. James also served in the Navy during WW II and the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Catherine; sons, James Michael and John Barrett (Christina); daughters, Barbara Valentich (Richard), Mary Lynn Dougherty (William), Phyllis Ray Holbrook (Scott); and 9 grandchildren. A gathering of friends will be held on Wednesday, September 11, from 6-8pm at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Thursday, September 12, at the St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church at 1pm. Interment will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the St. Olaf Building Fund, 104 Norge Ln. Williamsburg, Va. 23188. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2013
  • Service Thursday, September 12, 2013

James Edward Akright

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Mark Smith

September 16, 2013

God bless Uncle Jim and the Akright family. You are in our prayers.

F Woldeselasie

September 14, 2013

With deepest sympathy to the Abshire family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8).