Fonetta Akers Blackburn Elam, of Paintsville, died Jan. 15, 2013, at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.
Born Sept. 4, 1947, she was the daughter of Lee and Pauline Conn Akers, of Dana. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenny Blackburn, who was killed in Vietnam; her father, Lee Akers; and a special aunt, Ida Akers.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Robert Lynne Elam; her mother, Pauline Akers, of Dana; a sister, Carol (Danny) Harvey, of Debord; a brother, Paul Lee (Brenda) Akers, of Arkansas; and three nieces, Danetta Harvey, Ashley Harvey, and Erin Akers.
Fonetta graduated Salutatorian from Betsy Layne High School in 1965, Morehead State University in 1972, and received her master’s degree in social work form the University of Kentucky in 1976. She worked for 28 years in Pike, Floyd and Johnson counties for Mountain Comprehensive Care and served several years on the Kentucky State Social Work Licensure Board. She was secretary to the Big Sandy Chapter of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association.
Visitation was from to 9 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville. Funeral service were held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in the Highland Memorial Cemetery, at Staffordsville.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the American Cancer Society by contacting the Preston Funeral Home.