Gary Lynn Atkinson, 75, died on January 16, 2020.
He was born May 30, 1944 in Memphis, Tennessee to the late Jack and Sue Atkinson.
Mr. Atkinson was a 1962 graduate of Star City High School. After graduation, he entered the Army National Guard. Gary worked as a conductor for over 30 years with Southern Pacific Railroad. He was a longtime member of Olive Branch Baptist Church where he was a trustee and deacon. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting and any needed church projects.
Mr. Atkinson was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Mary Nell Ashcraft Atkinson of Pine Bluff and his parents of Star City.
He is survived by two sons, Timothy (Bethany) Atkinson of White Hall and Andrew (Micki) Atkinson of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia; brother, Wayne (Darlene) Atkinson of Kingwood, Texas; sisters, Detri (Gary) McGhee of Star City, Nikki (Freddie) Kelly of Jacksonville, and Tena Stinson of Star City; grandchildren, Kinley Atkinson of White Hall, Alice and Asher Atkinson of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, and longtime friends.
A Celebration of Mr. Atkinson’s life will be held on Monday, January 20 at 2 p.m. with Visitation at 1 p.m. at Olive Branch Baptist Church 5130 Bobo Road in Pine Bluff, with Brother John Mooney officiating. There will also be a visitation Sunday, January 19, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Chapel in Star City. A graveside service will be held at Prosperity Cemetery in Pansy, AR immediately following. The family wants to express its deepest gratitude to the staff at Dalton’s Place of Star City and Hospice angels for their exceptional care. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Gideons International – Pine Bluff Camp, PO Box 6452, Pine Bluff, AR 71611, where he was a dedicated Gideon for many years or Olive Branch Baptist Church-Building Fund.