Class of 1955
|The funeral for retired Paris Fire
Department Chief George C. Atkins of Paris will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First
Baptist Church, where he was a member.
Trent Bullock will officiate. Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery.
Named as pallbearers are Vic Mallard, Jeff Hamlin, Barry Farmer, Michael Williams Sr., Johnny Henderson and Brandon Bell.
Honorary pallbearers will be all Paris Fire Department members, retired members, as well as Bill Jelks, John French, Larry Hudgins, Carmen Odom, Gordon Owen, John Carpenter and many of his other special friends.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today and after noon Friday at First Baptist Church. McEvoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Atkins, 77, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Henry County Medical Center.
Born Dec. 1, 1935, in Weakley County, he was a son of the late Henry Clay Atkins and Annie Inez Owen Atkins.
His wife, Doris A. Jennings Atkins, died July 31, 2002. They were married on July 27, 1963.
Atkins served in the Tennessee Army National Guard for 19 years. He worked for L&N Railroad, retiring there and then becoming a member of the Paris Fire Department, where he was from 1956-2000 and had been chief from 1982-2000. He was a 1955 graduate of Grove High School, an active member of the Paris Lions Club, the Elks Lodge and a referee and official for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) for 50 years.
He leaves one daughter: Sallieann Atkins of Paris; one son: Christopher C. Atkins of Brentwood; one brother: Jerry (Rosie) Atkins of Atlanta; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He also was preceded in death by one daughter: Cecelia Atkins; a son: James Kevin Atkins; and four sisters: Ruby A. Bell, Ruth A. Kemp, Dorothy A. Owen and Joy A. Vowell.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church mission fund, 313 N. Poplar St., Paris; the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692; or the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial, 2161 Unionville-Deason Road, Bell Buckle 37020.
January 10, 2013
George Atkins, who died Tuesday in
Paris, at age 77, was a longtime Paris Fire Department fire chief and a
Paris-Henry County Hall of Fame athlete and Distinguished Service award
Reprinted from THE PARIS
January 9 & 10, 2013 Edition ~ Used by Permission
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