Billie Jean's husband....Jack Akers
- Aloha to all,
Visited by phone with Jack Akers last Sun. in Phoenix, Ax., and will meet
him next month when we go back again. He was more than eager to share what he
remembers about our DB.
He never met Scotty but has heard a lot about him from the Creager family.
He said Scotty never lived in Chowchilla. Jack went to high school with
Billie Jean, a year ahead of her. He is 2 years old, but she skipped a grade.
Jack graduated in 1941 and Billie Jean in 1942.
When Jack got out of the service, he came back and married Billie Jean in
1944. As we already know Scotty had already passed away. DB was at their
wedding, as he was the Creagers adopted son. Jack thought DB was an orphan.
In 1946 when DB was home for Christmas at the Creager house, he did a
portrait of Billie Jean and Jack, which I will see on my visit. Jack said I
can take it to Kinkos along with 5 other prints he and his daughters have
and make copies of them.
Billie Jean was a 2nd & 3rd grade teacher in Scottsdale. She had a TIA in
1991 from an aneurysm at the base of her brain and during or after the
surgery, she had a stroke affecting her left side. She died March 19, 1995 in
THE FAMILY THINKS THAT SCOTTY died the same way. He was taking some people
(2) out on the town in Honolulu and after leaving one place, he put them into
the car and walked around to drive. However, he never got in and when they
checked, he was dead behind the car. Jack said he was working for the phone
He was cremated and that is why I cannot find out where he was buried. He
wasnt until Will Creager died and he is buried with Mom Pinkie and Dad
Creager in Sacramento, Ca.
Ruth did not return to Hawaii with Scotty. That made Scottys sister
Margaret mad at Ruth for this. By the way, Margaret passed away in Florida
in 1985 while living with son Roman Young and is buried with husband Roman
Young in Santa Barbara, CA.
Daughter Betty Scott Magri lives in New Hampshire, but I havent located her
yet and hope to find out more from Jack about her.
Jack said DB visited the folks (Creager) for the holidays. He called Pinkie
Mom, Will Dad Creager and Billie Jean Billie Bumps.
I will let you all know how my next visit goes.
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- Bev: Keep me posted on this one....sorry but i've been too busy for DB these
past few weeks. My retirement is on Nov 9th and I'm preparing for blast off
and total freedom. I want to get back into the Chowchilla connection after
Thanksgiving is over and I can focus some new energy into this research.
Looks like Jack turned out to be a good connection for us, glad you were able
to follow up and meet him. I would be interested in prints if they come