Barbara “Bobbie” Alene Akers went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, surrounded by her family and friends in her home in Grove.

Bobbie was born on Feb. 27, 1934 in Kansas City, Missouri 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 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 daughters: Donna Hart of Grove and Regina Gibson of Haileyville, Oklahoma; sons: Robert (Robbie) McFall of Gravette, Arkansas, and Steve McFall of Grove; 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

There were many children throughout Bobby’s life that she considered them all her own.

Services took place on Thursday, Aug. 17, at Grace Harbor Baptist Church, Grove, with Pastor Marty Hughes officiating. Graveside services followed at Osborne Cemetery in Joplin, Missouri. 

Honoring Bobby’s life serving as casket bearers were Josh McFall, Cliff Christian, Daniel Hart, Chad Stevenson, Jeffrey Gibson and Brad Hemphill, honorary casket bearers were her great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made at Services were under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.