Martha Betty Vick Atkinson, 90, of Star City passed away on October 4, 2015 at Cornerstone Hospital in Little Rock.
She was a program assistant for the ASCS Office in Star City for 31 years. After retiring, she was one of the volunteers who undertook the project of raising funds to build a clock tower on the Star City town square for the restored clock that was saved when the old Lincoln County Court House was demolished in 1962.
Mrs. Atkinson was also one of the organizers of the Lincoln County Beautification Committee. The purpose of the committee is to maintain the Star City town square. The committee raised funds for construction of a gazebo on the town square and decorates the square on Halloween and Christmas.
In 1999, Mrs. Atkinson was named the 1998 Woman of the Year by the Star City Chamber of Commerce, and in 1998, she and her late husband, Cecil Atkinson, were recognized by First United Methodist Church in Star City for their work on the planning, work and construction of the church’s family life center.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Women’s Circle and Will Emma Sunday School Class. She was a member of the Star City Book Club, started the Spring Fling, and was instrumental in starting and completing the historical murals around Star City. She was also the salutatorian of her high school graduating class.
Mrs. Atkinson was born on January 5, 1925 in Star City and was the daughter of the late Earl Wayne Vick, Sr. and Myrtis Adams Vick.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death was her husband, Cecil Ray Atkinson, and brother, Earl Wayne Vick, Jr.
Survivors include son, Dr. Robbie R. Atkinson of Pine Bluff; three daughters, Kathy Sue (Dr. Jim, Jr.) Bryan of Morrilton, Martha Jill (Sonny) Lassiter of England and Candace June (Dr. Neil E. Crow, Jr.) Crow of Ft. Smith; a sister, Sue Dell Black of Pine Bluff; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on October 7 at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Star City with Bro. Brad Elrod officiating.
Visitation is October 6 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Service.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life or First United Methodist Church in Star City.