Charles (Chuck) Willis Atkins passed away Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at the age of 75, ending his battle with acute myleogenous leukemia, which he had valiantly waged for more than two years. In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated with no services.
Chuck served in the Navy, and later had a career in law enforcement holding several positions in three Western states. An avid reader, he also enjoyed gardening and his dogs, especially Rosie. More than a talented handyman, in years past he built a home, room additions and a barn almost single handedly.
In March 2010, Chuck relocated to the Meridian area so his wife could be nearer to her family.
Survivors are: his wife, Lila McGee Atkins; daughter, Surrie Atkins; granddaughter, Ayana McKnight; step-granddaughter, Eryn McKnight; stepdaughters, Patricia Bailey, Judy Leggett, Pam Stinnell and Angela Crawford; stepson, Elliott Crawford; niece, Carrie Bender; and nephew, Curt Bender.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Cunningham Atkins; father, Dr. Charles Elmer Atkins; and sister, Sarah Margaret Bender.
Chuck always maintained a positive attitude, had a disarming demeanor, and cast a long shadow. He will be sorely missed by those whose lives he touched.