Barbara "Bobbie" Alene Akers went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, August 13, 2017, surrounded by her family and friends, in her home in Grove, Okla.
Bobbie was born on February 27, 1934, in Kansas City, Mo., to Clifford and Thelma Adams.
Bobbie owned and operated the Eagle Drive-In, located in Joplin, with the love of her life; John Akers. After retiring for the 10th time, Bobbie sold the drive-in to her daughter, Donna and son-in-law, Terry Hart, but Bobbie couldn't stay at home and returned to help them operate the same drive-in.
Bobbie was voted the "Best Pie Maker" in Joplin. She loved cooking, baking and spending time with her large family.
After the Joplin tornado in 2011, Bobbie just couldn't stay there anymore, so at the age of 77 she picked up and moved to Grove and started over. She convinced her son, Steve, that she needed to join the Brother's Jewelry Family and became the best mother-son combination of selling jewelry. She was always willing to talk about any and everything, and she could give you a solution to about any situation.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Thelma (Brown) Adams; her brother, Bill Adams; three husbands, Donald Clifford McMillian in 1954, Robert E. McFall in 1993, and John Akers in 2010.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna Hart, of Grove, sons, Robert (Robbie) McFall, of Gravette, Ark., Steve McFall, of Grove, daughter, Regina Gibson, of Haileyville, Okla. Bobbie was blessed with 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. There were many children throughout Bobby's life that she considered them all her own.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 16, at Grove-Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home Chapel. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, August 17, at Grace Harbor Church, in Grove, with Pastor Marty Hughes officiating. Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m. at Osborne Cemetery, in Joplin. Honoring Bobby's life serving as casket bearers will be Josh McFall, Cliff Christian, Daniel Hart, Chad Stevenson, Jeffery Gibson and Brad Hemphill, honorary casket bearers will be her great-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be made by viewing Bobby's Book of Memories at honoringmemories.com.
Services are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.
Published on August 16, 2017