James Walter Atkins, 68, of Eudora, passed away February 20, 2014 from complications of the flu.
Mr. Atkins spent his life on the family farm raising cattle and vegetable crops. Although he never married or had children, he took much time up with his nieces and nephews, taking them to rodeos, livestock sales, wrestling matches and teaching them to drive.
He will be dearly missed by his canine companion, Roscoe, who loved to ride with him while on the farm.
Mr. Atkins loved coon hunting and playing dominoes. He was a brilliant domino player with great mathematical abilities.
He was born on October 18, 1945 in Eudora and was the son of the late James Arthur Atkins and Lucille Ward Atkins.
Other than his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bunk and Annie Groves Atkins and Oscar and Evelyn Haynes Ward.
Survivors include his mother, Lucille Ward Atkins; a sister, Dorothy Romer; a brother Bo Atkins and wife Renata, all of Eudora; uncles, Otis Atkins and wife Polly of Eudora, and Bennie Ward of Nesbit, Miss.; and aunt, Bonnie Ward Ellis of Eudora. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation is 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. February 23 at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Home in Eudora. The funeral Service will be held February 24 at 11 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Eudora. Burial will follow the funeral services at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.