Harold Drexel Acord, Sr., 79, of Hartburg, passed away Thursday, April 11, at his residence after an illness.  Born July 24, 1933 in Ashdown, Ar.,  to his parents, Maxine Laverne (Pierce) Acord and William Roy Acord, he lived in the Deweyville – Hartburg area since 1951. He was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Deweyville, and had worked and retired as a process operator at the Exxon-Mobil Chemical Company in Beaumont.

He enjoyed playing his twin neck steel guitar,  and traveling, especially to Branson, Mo., where he visited with many of the steel guitar players there.  Most important to him in life was spending time with his family, where he enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren playing and enjoying life, especially sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Jacob Burks; his granddaughter, Peyton Burks and his sister, Sharon Doyle.

Those who will most cherish his memory are his loving wife of 47 years, Mrs. Velma Acord of Hartburg; daughters, Cheryl Lewis and husband, Lou of Kirbyville, and Antoinette “Toni” Davis and husband, J.P. of Hartburg; sons, Harold Acord, Jr. and wife, Maggie of Kirbyville, Darryl Acord of Kirbyville, Harry Burks and wife, Melissa, Daniel Burks and wife, Becky, Mark Burks and wife, Tina, all of Buna, and the Rev. Prentice Burks and wife, Teresa, of Mount Pleasant.

Other survivors include his grandchildren, Brandi Holt, Christie Moss, Bryant Burks, James Burks, Brandon Burks, Casey Burks, Ashley Williams, Aleisha Bornette, Rodney Burks, Nathan Burks, Tanner Burks, Trey Acord, Shane Lewis, Karli Davis, Bryceson Davis, Amber Aycock, Stephanie Lewis, Kaycee Lewis and Sandie Acord; 20 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Services to honor his life will be at 2:00 pm Monday, April 15, at the United Pentecostal Church in Deweyville, with the Rev. Prentice Burks, the Rev. Michael Orange, and the Rev. Darrell Orange, officiating.  Rite of committal and interment will follow services at the Deweyville Cemetery in Deweyville.

A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm, Sunday at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bryceson Davis, Rodney Burks, Nathan Burks, Brandon Burks, Tanner Burks,  Bryant Burks, James Burks, Casey Burks and Harold Acord, Jr.

The Acord family wishes to thank Dr. James Jones, and staff; the staff of Advantage Plus Home Health Care, and the staff of River City Hospice for the care given to Mr. Acord during his final days.

Services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.  Friends may sign the register and leave condolences for the family at http://www.dormanfuneralhome.com/.