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April 21, 2013

Robert E. “Bob” Atkinson Jr.

MERIDIAN —     Services for Robert E. “Bob” Atkinson Jr. will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Bros. Jimmy Culpepper and Bill Webb officiating. Burial will be in Meehan Cemetery.

    Mr. Atkinson, 66, of the Meehan Community, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home. He was a member of Goodwater Baptist Church and was ordained as a deacon in 1978. He also was a Sunday School teacher for many years and worked with the church's youth. He was a former Gideon and was affiliated with Spaceway Truck Stop Ministry.

    Mr. Atkinson was a charter member of the Meehan Fire and Rescue and also served on the board of directors. He retired from Delco Remy.

    Mr. Atkinson will always be remembered as a devoted husband, father and friend.

    He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dianne Joiner Atkinson; daughter, Karen Atkinson of Clinton; son, Robert G. “Robby” Atkinson and his wife, Nikki, of the Meehan Community; sister-in-law, Shelia Joiner of the Meehan Community; brother-in-law, Gary Joiner and his wife, Chris, of Hickory; uncles, Charles “Son” Atkinson and Willard “Punk” Atkinson and his wife, Iva Nell, all of Philadelphia; aunts, Mildred Ryals-Sanford of DeKalb and Charlene Atkinson of  Biloxi; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives as well as many friends.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Atkinson Sr., and mother, Trudie Atkinson; uncle, Walter Atkinson; mother-in-law, Deloris Joiner; and aunt, Margie Atkinson.

    Pallbearers will be Dexter Reynolds, Phillip Duke, Robert Taylor, Lee Martin, Bill Johnson, Donnie Atkinson and David Turnage.

    Visitation will be held Monday, from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., at the funeral home.

    Family and friends may sign the online guest book at robertbarhamffh.com

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