Thomas Leroy Atkinson, Sr., age 76, of Blairsville, GA passed away Friday, September 29, 2017 at his residence.
He was born in Atlanta, GA but had lived here since 2000. Tommy was the son of the late Louie Leroy and Florence Lorene Callaway Atkinson. He was in the Air Force in Special Forces serving in the Vietnam War. Tommy loved to restore old cars. He coached football, basketball and baseball for little league for many years in Duluth, GA. Tommy had a special love for children. He loved his family and grandchildren. Tommy retired from Georgia Power after working 15 years as a lineman and 26 years as a lawyer in their legal department. Tommy was a member of the Tomotla Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jeanette Johnson Atkinson; two sons, Thomas Leroy Atkinson, Jr. and wife Jennifer of Loganville, GA and James Allen Atkinson and wife Mary; one sister, Nita Atkinson Florence and husband Norman of Tampa, FL; four grandsons, Drew, Colton, Corley and Hayden; three granddaughters, EvyAnne, Victoria and Alexandra.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM, Monday, October 2, 2017 at the Tomotla Baptist Church. James Atkinson and Pastor Harold Stiles will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens with military graveside rites conducted by the V.F.W. Post #10222, Joe Miller Elkin American Legion Post #96 and D.A.V. Chapter #73 and American Legion Post #532 of Hayesville and V.F.W.Post #6812.
Pallbearers will be Phil Craig, Russell Martin, Sherdon Scroggs, Roger Beaver, Jack Churay and Stanley Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Early, Brian Brown, Johnny Anderson and Bobby Stalcup.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to The Gideon's International, PO Box 164, Murphy, NC 28906 or the Cancer Society of your choice.
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Townson Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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