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1962 James 2022

Dr. James Thomas Atkins

May 12, 1962 — March 27, 2022

Dr. James Thomas Akins, Jr., age 59, went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 27, 2022. He was devoted to his family and loved them more than life itself, especially his daughter Whitney and recently granddaughter Carly. He was a member of Bethel Mission Baptist Church. He served as the Director of Schools for Grainger County.


He was preceded in death by his:

Father: James Thomas Atkins

Parental and maternal grandparents


He is survived by his:

Daughter: Witney (Chad) McElhaney

Granddaughter: Carly McElhaney

Mother: Linda Atkins

Brother: Jerry (Wilma) Atkins

A host of relatives and friends


Graveside Services will be held Friday, April 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Atkins Cemetery in Broken Valley (Grainger County). Rev. Tim Collins and Rev. CH Dalton will be officiating the service.


Pallbearers: Vernon Coffey, Brett Coffey, Edwin Jarnagin, Daniel Bishop, Ryan McElhaney, and Patrick Collins.




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