To GOD be the GLORY!

The Akehurst family has suffered a great loss to our family,
yet we give our Sovereign LORD, Saviour and Redeemer the praise for Brian's life.

On July 6, 2014, Brian Edward Akehurst, of Street, died unexpectedly at 47 years young.

Born on August 1, 1966 to Lois (nee Kidd) and the late Rev. William Akehurst. He was raised in Perry Hall, Maryland and graduated from Eastern Vo. Tech in 1984. Dedicated, loving husband to Joy Lynn (nee Ducote) for 24 years. Devoted father who adored Christiana Brooke (19) Brian Hunter (16) and Grahme Edward (15.) Beloved middle brother of William Akehurst and his wife Terri (nee Jones) and John Akehurst and his wife Jennifer (nee Hudson.) Brother-in-law to Ronnie Ducote, Edward Ducote, and Kern Ducote Jr. Cherished son-in-law of Loretta (nee Devan) and the late Kern Ducote, Sr. Mentor and role model to 14 nieces and nephews: Josiah, Julia, Jillian, Jared, Myatt, Amie, Melissa, Emily, Dallas, Claire, Laura, Grace, Kern III, and Jason. He was a friend to many!

Brian was one of the fifth generation family business owners of Akehurst Landscape Service, Inc. and has served as the Chief Executive Officer since 2005. He was a great leader and entrepreneur, a Certified Professional Horticulturist, a Certified Snow Professional, and a past President of Snow and Ice Management Association. He was also a member of the Maryland Nursery Landscape Association and PLANET.

Brian was a quiet man of God with great faith and a servant’s heart. He was a passionate fisherman and an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Brian’s death was both sudden and untimely.

Brian touched so many people and he will truly be missed. Although all of us here at Akehurst mourn this loss, we will continue to move forward and the business will grow, just as Brian would have wanted. There will be difficult times for us without him, but we are committed to maintaining the high standards that Brian set. The family would like to thank everyone for their expressed love, support and prayers. The cards, flowers, emails, and sentiments are all a blessing to all of us at this time. Please continue to pray for the family for comfort and peace during these difficult times.

As so many have spoken of the impact and great memories had with Brian, the family has asked those to share the memories by emailing with the subject line: Remembering Brian.

Additionally, a scholarship fund for Brian’s children has been instituted. Donations may be made to any M&T bank or checks sent to the family for: Brian E. Akehurst Children’s Scholarships.

Thank you and God Bless.

Isaiah 30:15 - “In quietness and confidence can be your strength.”

If three words could sum up Brian’s life, they would be:

Dedicated, hardworking and quiet.