Friends and associates were on Saturday converged on Ayogwiri in Etsako West Local Government of Edo State to witness the burial ceremony and celebration of life well lived as the family of Akilomhes finally burried their father- grandfather, late Elder Williams Sunday Akhilomhe.
The event which took place at his residence along Bode road, Ayogwiri witnessed the presence of dignitaries from all walks of life, such as politicians, lecturers, pastors and business magnates.
In his homily, the officiating minister and zonal coordinator, Church of God Mission, Rev. Amadin Emmanuel said that, though death is a necessary price that everyone must pay, he charged all present to live a life worthy of emulation as the Christian race is a life of selfless service.
Quoting from various Bible verses, he urged Christian faithful to impact the lives of those around them positively especially the downtrodden in their communities.
In his tribute, one of the children of the deceased, Mr. Joseph Akhilomhe described late Elder Williams Akhilomhe as a great hero, a courageous and resourceful man. A lover of good things who strove very hard to give needed support to his family.
“My Dad was my hero. He was themost courageous and resourceful man I ever knew. I have never questioned if he loved or cared for me because he made it so obvious. I still feel him with me each day and I am living life for the both of us now.” Akhilomhe Joseph stressed.
As part of the activities marking the burial ceremony, a reception party was later held for the guests and dignitaries at the same venue.
Late Elder Williams Akhilomhe was born on 24th July, 1962. He was educated at Donatus Catholic School, Ayogwiri, 1958 to 1962. However, his effort to futher his education to secondary school level proved abortive due to financial constraints.
He worked briefly for Shell Oil Company in Lagos before his appointment in November 1975 as a messenger with the Ministry of Finance, Internal Revenue Division, Benin City.
By dint of hardwork, he rose through the ranks and in 1997 he was promoted to the post of Assistant Chief Bailiff. In year 2000, he became a Chief Bailliff. A position he held until his retirement.
Elder Williams Akhilomhe who died at the age of 75-years was happily married to Mrs Philomena Akhilomhe. The union was blessed with nine children, fifteen grandchildren and one grandchild.