James Joseph Ackermann

June 16, 1931 - February 10, 2021

06/16/1931 - 02/10/2021

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Sunday February 14, 2021
2:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions

HERTFORD, NC – James Joseph Ackermann, affectionately known as “Pop”, age 89, of Suttons Landing Road, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born on June 16, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the first of four children to Rudolph A. Ackermann and Lauretta Frohmiller Ackermann. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and started his real estate career working with his father in construction. Jim later moved to the Washington, DC area, started his own company and was successful in the management of real estate. He received several business awards and was very active in numerous business organizations serving as President of the Institute of Real Estate Management; Apartment and Owners Association; and the one he was most proud of was being the first couple to serve as President of the Property Management Association with him in 1984 and his wife Diane serving in 1992. Jim also served on several Boards of Directors.

After retirement, Jim and Diane moved to Hertford, NC and built their dream home on the Perquimans River. He enjoyed watching grandsons and friends swimming, fishing, and boating on “his” river while hosting cook outs and dinner parties. He also enjoyed having friends and relatives visit for just relaxation and enjoying the beauty of God’s work in the area surrounding his home.

Jim was active in the Forestburg Ruritan Club; participated with Meals on Wheels; attended Woodland United Methodist Church and participated in Bible Study; the soup kitchen; served as an usher and was a big supporter and help with Diane’s Prayer Shawl Ministry.

In later years, Jim greatly enjoyed spending time with his Lord and Savior by studying his Bible, researching information about the Bible and asking thought provoking questions of his Pastors, friends, or anyone that he felt could guide him.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Ackermann Brockhoff, and Shirley Ackermann Heinhold, and his mother-in-law, Geraldine Harrell Tucker.

Left to cherish Jim’s memory is his wife Diane, son, Robert Ackermann; daughter, Susan Marie Burgin; daughter-in-law, Tracie Kay Ackermann; grandchildren; Connor Austin Ackermann, Kyle Ryan Ackermann, Adam Burgin, and Julie Burgin; two great-grandchildren, Michael Bullock, and Connor Bullock; brother, Thomas B. Ackermann and wife Clare; brother-in-law, James Larry Knight and wife Jean; sister-in-law, Brenda C. Knight; numerous nieces and nephews; many very special friends, neighbors, and a very loving church family.

Due to the COVID pandemic the family chooses not to have a public viewing. However, a celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 2:00 pm at the Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, with Pastor Dave Bundy officiating and military honors. Family and guest are ask to social distance and wear face coverings while in attendance.

Go to Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service facebook page, like it and view the service for James J. Ackermann. https://www.facebook.com/garrettsykesfs

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to his very special nurse at Albemarle Sentara Hospital, Marie Gros and his two loving caregivers, Elizabeth and Don Webster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online by clicking here or directly to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010 or online by clicking here or a charity of one’s choice.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Ackermann family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

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Charlie and Rosanne Blankenship
3 years ago

Diane, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. Jim will be missed by all of us who knew him.

Eugene R Hayden Jr
3 years ago

Jim and Diane have been like family to me. Diane has been like a mother and friend to me since we meet. Both Jim and Diane has stayed in touch over the 35 years we know each other. My heart and love go out to a very special person that had nothing but love in his heart. Diane I know Jim was the love of your life and you was the love of his life. One day we will all see each other again in heaven. God bless

Jerry Annis
3 years ago

My heart is heavy for you. I also will miss Jim, but George is happy Jim is now 89, and George is 88. Prayers for you my dear friend❤️
Love Jerry

Sandy Annis Heger
3 years ago

Diane my heart aches for you❤️ I am so sorry for your loss. However my Dad and the rest of the guys are having a good old time I am sure. So watch out for anything at this point with them all reunited!❤️
Love you❤️

3 years ago

Diane, my deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your dear husband. May God grant you peace, comfort and rest in the days ahead. Keep all your memories close in your heart. God bless.

Kristie S Matheson
3 years ago

A friend for over 13 years, neighbor, and great conversationalist is the way I describe Jim. I will miss our spiritual and financial discussions, which seem like an odd combination, but an example of Jim’s broad interests and knowledge. Jim and Diane have freely shared their home, holidays, family and hospitality…we’ve had some great times around their dining table and on the back patio or dock. Even their garage was a social gathering place last year on his 89th birthday, as we all gathered, socially distant, to celebrate with cake and ice cream! I’m so thankful for the strong faith and witness of both Jim and Diane, and know that faith is what hugs Diane today. Well done, good and faithful servant!!! Well done! You will be missed. With all my love, Kristie

Donnie Hall
3 years ago

Diane, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. I also want to thank you for your kind words you wrote about Mom.