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April 22, 2013

Robert E. “Bob” Atkinson Jr.

MERIDIAN —     Services for Robert E. “Bob” Atkinson Jr. will be held today 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 youth. He also 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. He 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 wife, Nikki, of the Meehan Community; sister-in-law, Shelia Joiner of the Meehan Community; brother-in-law, Gary Joiner and wife, Chris, of Hickory; uncles, Charles “Son” Atkinson and Willard “Punk” Atkinson and wife, Iva Nell, both of Philadelphia; aunts, Mildred Ryals-Sanford of DeKalb and Charlene Atkinson of Biloxi; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and also numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, by marriage and many friends.

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

     The family requests that memorials be made to Gideons International, P.O Box 5044, Meridian, MS 39302.

    Visitation will be held today, 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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