A. W. Atkinson, age 89, of Wake Village, Texas died Friday, October 22, 2010 in a local retirement center.
Mr. Atkinson was born March 23, 1921 in Quail, Texas. He graduated from Oklahoma City University and performed graduate studies at Southern Methodist University. He was retired from the Federal Prison System as a social worker and as a social worker and officer for the Texas Department of Corrections. He was an active member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Texarkana, Texas, and had been a long time member of the First United Methodist Church in Texarkana, Texas. Mr. Atkinson was an active life member of the Wake Village Lions Club.
He was an Army Medical Corps Veteran of WWII and the Korean War. A. W. Atkinson was the recipient of the Bronze Star for his service during WWII.
He was preceded in death by his parents Alvin W. and Lillie Sanford Atkinson, his wife Margaret Atkinson, and his brother Orville Atkinson.
He is survived by his daughter and son in-law, Anita and Bobby Dodez of Texarkana, Texas; one son and daughter in-law, Wesley and Karen Atkinson of Richardson, Texas; one sister, Alice Hughart of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two nieces Marsha Hughart of Houston, TX and Charlotte Hughart of North Richland Hills; one sister in-law Nina Snider of Plainview, TX; one nephew Jim Atkinson; four granddaughters, Lisa Ferrell of Hooks, TX, Kris Dodez of Texarkana, Rachel Atkinson and Megan Atkinson of Richardson, TX; one great grandson, Austin Perry of Hooks, TX;
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday at Chapelwood Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobby Fischer and Rev. Chris Sutherland officiating. Burial will be at Chapelwood Memorial Gardens with military rites.
The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on Sunday from 4:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Memorial may be made to the Wake Village Lions Club, P.O. Box 3912, Wake Village, TX or the First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 N. Robinson Road, Texarkana, TX 75501.