Born April 22, 1944, at Gideon, Mo., a son of the late Lonzo Howard and Dorothy Prentice Akridge, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and retired from General Motors at St. Louis. He was a Baptist.
On July 19, 1989, at Malden, Mo., he married Bonnie Jean Ellsworth who survives.
Also surving are three sons, Brian Akridge and wife, Tonya, of Piggott, Ark., Donald Akridge II, of Dallas, Texas, and Donald Akridge Jr. and wife, Jenny, of St. Louis; five sisters, Phyllis Sims, Joyce Ellsworth and Ann Wlabert all of Malden, Della Vannasdall of Gideon and Ann Walbert of Malden; four brothers, James Akridge of Malden, Lonzo Akridge Jr. and Robert Akridge, both of Campbell, and Jerry Akridge of Gideon; four grandchildren, Dillon Ledford of Campbell, Katie and Noah Akridge of St. louis and Phoebe Akridge of Dallas.
He was preceded in death by two brother, Wilburn Akridge and Terry Akridge.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Landess Funeral Chapel in Campbell with the Rev. James Black officiating.
Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery-Landess Addition at Campbell.