E.J. Atkins, 79, of the Rabbit Hop Community, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, June 23, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. A native of Estatoe he was a son of the late Von and Rexie Miller Atkins. He was also preceded in death by brothers, C.W. “Dub” and Larry Atkins; brother-in-law, Harley Murphy; and sister-in-law, Edna Atkins. E.J. was of the Pentecostal Faith and attended Estatoe Church of God. He loved raccoon hunting and trout fishing.
Surviving is his loving wife of 61 and-a-half years, Mary Magdalene Allen Atkins; daughter, Bonnie Atkins Braswell, and husband, Wayne, of Jacks Creek; son, Ricky Atkins, and wife, Tammy, of Double Island; grandchildren, Kevin, Danielle and Dakota Braswell, and Jeremy and Haley Atkins; great-grandson, Parker Wiseman Braswell; siblings, Charles Atkins, and wife, Ruth, of Marion, Pauline Murphy, of Spruce Pine, Bill Atkins, of Micaville, and Barbara Silvers, and husband, Harry, of Marion; sisters-in-law, Faye Atkins, of Estatoe, and Margie Atkins, of Marion; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. The Rev. Wayne Braswell, the Rev. Charles Atkins and Pastor John Divine II officiated. The family received friends from 5:30-7 p.m. before services at the funeral home. Graveside services were 10 a.m. in the Estatoe Church of God Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kevin Braswell, Dakota Braswell, Jeremy Atkins, Bryan Silvers and Gene Allen. Honorary pallbearer was Parker Wiseman Braswell.
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Mitchell News-Journal • July 3, 2019