OZARK…. Jimmie H. Akridge (Colonel, United States Army, Retired), a resident of Ozark, died Wednesday morning, October 7, 2020 in a Dothan hospital. He was 83.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, October 12, 2020 in the First United Methodist Church of Ozark with Reverend Dr. Jason Thrower and Reverend Stephan Margeson officiating. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery. Fuqua Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 A.M. Monday in the church sanctuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Ozark, 167 E. Broad Street, Ozark, Alabama 36360.
Mr. Akridge, son of the late Walter Evan Akridge and Julia Velma Reynolds Akridge, was a native of Ozark. He attended Carroll High School in Ozark, received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and received his Master’s Degree from Florida Institute of Technology. Mr. Akridge was retired from the United States Army and served two tours in Vietnam. He received numerous medals during his career, including, the distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star medal, and the Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster. Mr. Akridge was a member the Ozark Masonic Lodge #349 and the First United Methodist Church of Ozark.
Surviving relatives include his daughter, Joye Carter, Raleigh, NC; his son, Keith Akridge, Indian Harbour Beach, FL; two grandchildren, Ben Carter (Carla) and Sam Carter; several cousins, including, Howard Johnson, Ozark.
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