Daniel Acker Sr

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Daniel M. Acker Sr (born December 17, 1936; died July 16, 2021 in Alabaster) was an educator, coach and politician. representing District 4 from 1992 to 2016.

Acker was the son of Preston and Vernie Acker. He was the grandson and nephew of former Shelby County Sheriffs, the brother of a Fayette County Commissioner, and the cousin of a Mayor of Columbiana.

Acker attended Valley High School, Samford University, the University of Alabama, and UAB. He worked as a teacher and coach at Thompson High School from 1959 to 1975 and administrator of the Shelby County Area Vocational Center until retiring in 1996. He also served on the Alabaster City Council and as chair of the Alabaster Water & Gas Board.

Acker challenged the Shelby County Commission District 4 incumbent in the 1992 election. Acker suffered a stroke in 2013 and lost some of his vision, making him unable to drive. He cited his health as one reason he did not run for re-election in 2016.

Acker also served as a deacon at Siluria Baptist Church and later as a founding member of Westwood Baptist Church where he also taught Sunday School.

Acker and his wife, Judy raised four children: Melody, Daniel Jr, Harmon and Jade.