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Page 2C NF.JIGHBOIlS Hays Free Press February 23, 2011 + al Ha' + AKABD David Lynn Akard finally won his ten-year battle with cancer at his home in Buda, on Febru- ary 12, 2011. He was sur- rounded byhis sisters, Lugene Herrin and Jodee Stocki, and their honor- ary sister, Kathryn Metzler. A memorial service will be held on an early spring date in order to celebrate Dave's love of the outdoors and God's creations and to honor his courageous life. David was born on September 17, 1954, in Greenville, MS, the fourth child of six. In addition to his sisters, he is survived by his brothers Perry, Jack and Randy Akard, He was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Gen- evieve Akard, and his wife, Lois Myers, who was the love and greatest joy of his ale. In the early'80s, David owned a small natural foods restaurant called the Good Earth Cafd in Sherman, TX. In 1988, David graduated from the Univer- sity of Texas with a masters degree in social work. During his career in education, he worked as a special education counselor serving students with exceptional needs and was most recently employed with Hays CISD for 15 years prior to his retirement last year. David also did volunteer work at a local prison further exhibiting his selfless, loving nature and he was very ac- tive in the SYDA Foundation of Austin. Most notable was David's love of and involve- ment in the lives of his nieces and nephews. Their Uncle Dave contributed generously to their personal growth and their educations and Chris, Shelley and Cain Williams, Krista, Kelly; Casey, Andrew and Van Akard, Vanessa and James Akard, Travis Hood, and Rachel Stocki, Russell Akard, Hank and Jack Ahtone, Nicholas Baxley, and Randi Marie and Jackson Akard are truly Dave's greatest legacy. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to all of David and Lois's dear friends and families who sup- ported them throughout their illnesses in ways too numer- ous to mention. Donations to Hospice Austin are encour- aged in memory of David and Lois for all their incredible care, as well as the Compas- sion shown to their families. DELEON Chad Severn DeLeon, 38, of Kyle passed away on Friday, February 18, 2011. Chad was born on February 19, 1972, in Fredericksburg, Texas to Jeanette Deike and Benny DeLeon. He had lived in Kyle all ofhis life and was a Store Specialist Senior in the Warehouse Area for Austin Energy. Chad began working for Austin Energy immediate- ly following graduation from lack C. Hays High School. His career with Austin Energy spanned 19 years. Chad loved his family, stepdaughter Alexis Ojeda and sons, C.J. DeLeon and Benny DeLeon. He liked to go fishing, spend time with his friends and family and was a stand out athlete for his high school football team, the Hays Rebels. Forever in Heaven # 21. Survivors include his chil- dren, Alexis Ojeda, CJ. DeLe- on and Benny DeLeon; father, Benny DeLeon and wife Kathy of Kyle; mother, Jeannette Deike of Kyle; brothers, Rocky DeLeon 0fAustin, Jorell De- Leon of Buda, Lance DeLeon of Boeme and Kane DeLeon of Buda; sisters, D'Ann DeLeon of Kyle and Daci DeLeon of Aubrey, Texas. A memorial service was held Tuesday, February 22, at Thom- ason Funeral Home ChapeL o you have special ex- pertise, skills, talents, or all of the above?An interest you'd like to share with a group? If so, contact the Kyle Public Library. We're always looking for volunteers to teach classes, organize pro- grams or coordinate groups. For instance, John Cervantez teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) classes every Saturday from 9:45-11:00 a.m. CHECK IT And BeckyWatts started a book group, the Page Turn- ers, which meets every third Thursday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. French classes are the new- est volunteer-led initiative at the Kyle Public Library. Rim Chadli has kindly offered to teach free French classes. Ms. Chadli will adjust the classes based on the inter- ests, levels and needs of the people who sign up (within the limitations of the library's community room's avail- ability). Already two different sessions are planned: one for adults on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. and one for teenagers and children younger than 16 years old on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. If you would like more in- formation, Ms. Chadli invites you to email her at rimehad- To sign up, please either come by the Kyle Public Library located at 409 W. Blanco St., email circula- tion@cityofl