May graduate Jacob Akers dies, funeral arrangements set

Update: The arrangements for Jacob Akers’ visitation and funeral are as follows, courtesy of Scott McDowell.

Visitation will be on Saturday, July 12, at the Taylor Funeral Home in Dickson, Tennessee, from 2 to 8. Memorial service will be at 2 on Sunday, July 13. The burial will be at Dickson County Memorial Gardens. Original story below.

Jacob Akers, a May 2014 graduate from Charlotte, Tennessee, was killed in an auto accident Monday night.

Senior Vice President for Student Life Scott McDowell notified students of Akers’ death via email Tuesday afternoon.

A molecular biology major, Akers, 22, had plans to attend Lincoln Memorial University in the fall for medical school. He had also proposed to his girlfriend on the Fourth of July.

Kyrsten Turner, a fellow May graduate from Lipscomb, spoke on why she was glad to know Akers.

“From the very start, Jacob was never afraid to ask a question or to speak out for what he believed to be right. He had a true, servant heart, and it was evident by his attitude that Christ was forefront in his life,” Turner said. “Jacob is going to be missed so, so much.”

In a statement released to the Lipscomb community, McDowell shared his condolences on behalf of the university.

“We were deeply saddened to learn of that May 2014 Lipscomb University Graduate Jacob Akers lost his life in an automobile accident,” McDowell said.

“Please lift the family up as well as his fiancé, Savannah Grant, in your prayers.”

A prayer service, hosted by Lipscomb’s department of biology, was held Tuesday night on the front steps of the McFarland Hall of Science.

Additional reporting by Cory Woodroof

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