Akers had worked at Cherry Point facility for 13 years

A civilian employee with Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point was killed Saturday when his car was rear-ended on his way home from work.

Thomas Akers, 58, of Goldsboro, was driving east on the U.S. 70 bypass, 2.3 miles northeast of Goldsboro, when a driver attempted to pass him at 2:27 a.m. According to the Highway Patrol, the person attempting to pass failed to reduce speed and struck the rear of Akers’ vehicle. Both cars ran off the road.

There was no further information available on the crash or on whether charges would be filed.

Howell Funeral Home and Crematory of Goldsboro, which is handling his funeral, stated that Akers was on his way home from his job at the time of the crash.

He had worked at FRC East for the past 13 years. Akers was a U.S. Air Force veteran, having retired as a master sergeant in 1998. During his service, he participated in Desert Storm and Desert Shield.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Ward Akers, two sons and two stepdaughters, and his mother, Wyona Williams Akers of Indiana.