Age: 75Address: Spruce Pine
Date of Death: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Arrangements: Kirksey Funeral Home of Marion
Details: Paul James Atkins of Spruce Pine went to be with the Lord Thursday, March 21, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Welzie and Lucy Gardner Atkins. He was also preceded in death by his son: Tony James Atkins; 3 brothers: Bernard, Vernon and Vaughn Atkins; and, 1 sister: Vida Carroll. Paul was a lifetime member of Estatoe Church of God, where he served as Treasurer.
Surviving are his wife of 9 years: Peggy Thomas Atkins; 3 daughters: Shelia Kimbrell and husband, Larry, of Rock Hill, SC, Peggy Louise Atkins of Lancaster, SC and Paula Atkins of Gastonia; 1 daughter-in-law: Joyce Atkins of Rock Hill; 1 stepson: Charles Nanney, Jr. and wife, Tammy, of Spruce Pine; 2 stepdaughters: Karen Stewart and husband, John, of Spruce Pine and Pam Banner and husband, Stephen, of Marion; 1 brother: Clarence Atkins and wife, Glenda, of Spruce Pine; 1 sister: Gladys Rathbone and husband, Richard, of Spruce Pine; a lifelong best friend: Franklin D. Forbes and wife, Lillian, of Micaville; 3 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren; and, his loving dachshund of 11 years: Knotty.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM Friday at Estatoe Church of God. Revs. Wayne Braswell and Chris Rathbone will officiate. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
Flowers are welcome and appreciated, or memorials may be made to the Estatoe Church of God Building Fund.
Words of comfort may be emailed to the family at www.kirkseyfhmarion.com. Kirksey Funeral Home of Marion is serving the Atkins family.