The family will receive friends today, May 20, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Collins-Burke Funeral Home. Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. in the Collins-Burke Chapel, with burial at Liberty Grove Baptist Church. Bill Jackson, Roy Wolfe and Delbert Freeman will officiate.
Atkins was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Atkins; mother, Velma Burgett Atkins; and brother, Billy Atkins.
He is survived by his wife, Elga Jackson Atkins; daughter, Karen Atkins Orban (Dave) of Jasper; son, Gerald Atkins of Nauvoo; sister, Barbara Scott of Trenton, Michigan; brother, Pete Atkins of Nauvoo; granddaughter, Erin Dell (Jason); great grandchildren, Myla Dell, David Dell and Liam Dell.
Pallbearers will be John Davis, James Davis, Tommy Deaver, Randy Deaver, Perry Vickers and Charles Jackson.
Collins-Burke Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-5571