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Bill Atkins

July 13, 1944 ~ August 30, 2021 (age 77)


“If God will let me in, He will let ANYBODY in!”

Bill Atkins,77, of Waskom, went to meet his Lord and Savior Monday, August 30, 2021 in Longview. Bill was born July 13, 1944 in Dallas, Texas to Noble James Atkins, Sr. and Dorothy Stow Atkins. He proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Vietnam Era. On November 22, 1975 in Houston, Texas he married the love of his life and soulmate, Jo Donna. Their life together was LITERALLY an adventure! His job as a general contractor took them all over the United States and they loved every minute of it! Each Christmas Bill and Donna would take their children skiing in Colorado. Their favorite place to ski was Beaver Creek. They also went on many camping trips and especially enjoyed Ouray, Colorado. Bill loved to sit back with a big bowl of Blue Bell ice cream and Whoppers were his most favorite candy. Of all the things one could say about Bill, the most important aspect of his life was his love for his savior, Jesus Christ. On Easter Sunday in 1979, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. From that moment on, he made it his mission to learn all he could about the Lord and the Gospel and share Christ with everyone he knew and met. One of Bill’s favorite verses is Romans 10:9 “…that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you WILL be saved.” Bill Atkins was the definition of a TRUE Christian. The smile that came upon his face when he spoke of the Lord exuded happiness. His life was well lived and he will be missed by all who were blessed to know and love him. Bill is preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Barbara Huffhines. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 47 years, Donna; children, Joshua Shon King (Crystal), Amanda Jo Ponder (David), and Robert Jeffrey Atkins; grandchildren, Paige, Matthew, Brittany, Skylar, Robert Ehren, Madeleine, Jeremiah, and Marguerite Jo (who will be arriving in November!); great grandchildren, Miley and Lawson; his brother, Noble James Atkins, II (Edie); and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family and friends who love him dearly. As Bill was being taken into the care of the funeral home, Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview honored him with a red, white, and blue tribute. The hospital provided the flag that draped his body. It was absolutely beautiful!!! Security, staff, and visitors lined the hallways as Bill passed. As he passed, many of them saluted, most had their hands over their hearts, and some bowed their heads in his honor. The family is extremely humbled that so many people paid their respects. Their goodbyes to Bill mean more than words can express. Bill FINALLY received the opportunity to be recognized as a man who served his country in the Navy!!! He received the honor & appreciation he deserved by so many on that day!!! With truly grateful hearts, the family wishes to say thank you to all who were involved in this moving tribute to our sweet Bill! Graveside service will be private.

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