Mr. Atkins died of natural causes at 3:54 a.m. on June 24, 2012, at his residence in Hopkinsville.
He was born on July 24, 1946, in Hopkinsville to the late Adam Atkins and Kathryn Williams Atkins.
He was a member of Virginia Street Baptist Church. He was an active member in his church as well as numerous other civic organizations and community boards in Hopkinsville, and earned many prestigious awards. He was employed by BB&T as senior bank teller for over 33 years.
He is survived by his wife Paulette Gee Atkins of Hopkinsville; one sister Erma Cowell (and husband Larry); two sons, Eric and Darrik Jackson; two daughters, Alana Cushenberry and Kimberly Dowdell all of Hopkinsville; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.