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Crayton Patrick Acker
January 25, 1946 ~ January 6, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Crayton Patrick "Sonny" Acker, age 76, of Jacksonville, passed away on January 6, 2023 at Bailey Family Center for Caring in St. Augustine. Crayton was born on January 25, 1946 to Charles and Claudia Louise (Smith) Acker in Anderson, SC. He grew up in Anderson and was a 1964 graduate of Westside High School. Sonny joined the U.S. Army right out of high school and served during the Vietnam Era. After his discharge he moved to Detroit, Michigan and went to work for General Motors. He moved to Flint, MI and worked for the Delphi division of GM for many years. He met his wife-to-be Charlene Jones on a blind date and married her on September 6, 1980. For many years they lived in Flint, Michigan where they raised their family.
In 1984 Sonny became a member of the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church and was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in 1991. Sonny's life was truly transformed by the love of his savior and he "lived the word". He served the church as the Director of the Philadelphia Minister for many years caring for the grieving families of the church. After retiring from GM in 2000, he moved to Atlanta in 2007 and been a resident of Jacksonville since 2017. Rev. Acker was known widely as the "preacher who prays". He would bless and pray for people even as he greeted them. He also had a nickname for everybody. And once you had a nickname, he would use that name from then on. Sonny will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Claudia; and a son Diego "Chris"; Jones. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Charlene Acker of Jacksonville; son, Tavares Acker and his wife Erin of Jacksonville; daughter, Cicily Muhammad and her husband Jewell of Flint, MI.; son, Crayton Acker, II and his wife Tier of Jacksonville; brothers, Charles Acker, Jr. and his wife Diane of Anderson, SC; Timothy Acker and his wife Miranda of Anderson, SC; Bryant Acker and his wife, Carolyn of Fairburn, Ga.; sisters, Claudia Young of Anderson, SC, Carmen Acker of Anderson, SC, Maria Blackwell and her husband LeGrand of Atlanta, GA; a sister-in-law, Bridgette Sanders of Deltona, FL; grandchildren, Jalen Hudgins, Tavares Acker II, Crayton Acker III, London McGlown; cousins, Craig & Anna Johnson and close friends, Elder Veotis Jones, Min. Jeffrey LaValley, Milton Cason, Reco Jackson, Jackie Davis and Lawrence Moon, Moon Home for Funerals, Flint, Michigan.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery. Public viewing will be held on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.