I received a copy of the publication "cedar smoke" from the roe bartle scout reservation tribe of mic-o-say "their work is done" and was sadden to see the name of Clarence e Atkins. I was a classmate of Clarence at northeast high graduating in 1945. He was my superior ROTC. I was happy to see that he had a wonderful family and career with the ministry. I am also an Eagle Scout and life time member of the tribe of mic-o-say. The prayers of my family are with you. Jackselsor, Napa, Ca
Sydney Ann, Dan, David and family, We were so saddened to learn of Gene's passing. Our family joined King's Way a few years after it was begun. All of us benefited from the leadership and spiritual guidance with Gene as our pastor. He helped my family through a difficult time when my brother Gordon passed away. Gene,Sydney Ann and my parents, Margaret and Gordon went on a Wesley tour of England long after we left King' Way. Gene was truly a great man of God and I know the Angels are rejoicing to have him among them.
Please know that you are in our every thought and prayer.
The Allisons - Gordon, Margaret, Jane Allison Wight, and William (Oklahoma City, OK)
My family moved from Kansas City to Springfield in 1959 when I was twelve years old. We found King's Way where we joined the church and I enjoyed my years in MYF. I couldn't help but compare all future ministers to Gene as he was a wonderful preacher. Our oldest son passed away two weeks ago due to a blood clot lodging in his cerebral cortex. We know he and Gene are both in heaven and it comforts us that they will be together as we all will some day. I have been so fortunate to still have my Mom (92) and Dad (96), Bob and Jeanne Davidson, and my husband of 49 years, Garry Edwards and our youngest son Ty. I thank God for putting Gene in my life during my formative years. I share in your shock and grief and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sydney Ann, Dan, David and families,
I was saddened to learn of Gene's passing. He was terrific to me when I was on staff at Blue Ridge from 1987-1989. I learned a lot about being a pastor from him. I am sorry for your loss. Please know that I share your grief. God bless you in the days ahead. Rev. Jeannie Martin Webb
Syndney Ann, Dan, David and family -
Tom and I were so sad to hear of your dad's unexpected death. I was a very blessed girl to have grown up under his pastor leadership and kind shepherding during my youth at King's Way UMC in Springfield, MO. It was with great joy that we were able to share our marriage vows with his guidance almost 35 years ago! He had one of the best smiles - I think that was definitely where he let Jesus shine on his face! Honestly, I can still hear his laugh and see that smile.
We are praying for comfort, overwhelming peace and wonderful memories to flood your mind and hearts during this time of grief.
Your are in our hearts and prayers.
Tom & Julie (Love) Brown
Our condolences on the passing of Reverend Atkins. He married us at King's Way in 1998. It was so special because he married my parents at King's Way in 1970 and baptized me there in 1973. We will always remember the kind words of advice from him & Sydney Ann when we got married.
Dad and I were heartbroken when we heard about Gene. You both have meant so much to us. We will be thinking of you, along with Dan and David and their families. We love you. Juli Bloomer & Jack Powers (Oklahoma City)
I had the joy of growing up with Gene as my minister at Kingsway in Springfield. He put me through my confirmation at 13. I believe that his love of humanity is why I love humanity today. Thank you, Rev. Atkins, for representing the best of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
I will always remember attending MYF camp at Mt.Sequoyah in Arkansas and becoming acquainted with Gene. That would have been in 1951. Then in 1956 I bought my first car from his father in Kansas City. In 1968 we moved to Springfield and joined Kingsway. We enjoyed being a part of the congregation and starting a young adult Sunday School class. I still have the letter Gene wrote me when the decision was made to move to JEfferson City, I appreciated so much his support and the encouragement he provided.
His ministry and committment is respected and valued by so many.
Thank you Sydney, for sharing him with us.
Larry and Georgeanne Folkins
Dear Sydney Ann , David & Dan, Our heatfelt sympathy and deep sadness in Your sudden loss .Kingsway , this community and our family were touched in a thousand ways by Gene,s wisdom,,inspiration and spritual guidance . We share Your grief , but will forever be grateful for Gene,s amazing gift to us . With love , Margo& Bill Armstrong , Sonja and Janel
Fond memories of his pastorate at Kingway Methodist in Springfield, Mo
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family through this time of great sadness. God bless you all.
Gene and I were associated when he was a board member of the Kingswood Senior Living Community. I also enjoyed meeting Sydney at Board functions as well. He was always gracious, cheerful and helpful during those early years of our community. I live there now. Joey Kintigh
Our prayers go out to you and your family.
David and Family,
I am sorry for your loss and happy for heaven's gain. God bless you in your sorrow and may the caring of others embrace and encourage you and your family.
May your wonderful memories sustain you in this difficult time. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
My pastor and friend for many of my formative years. Sending my thoughts to Dan, David & Sydney Ann.
I was a young girl when my family & I joined King's Way's new congregation. Gene has always been the voice of religion to me. He helped me so much as a young mother many years ago. The whole Fesperman family is saddened by his passing.
Gene could have had many brilliant careers, and could have served in so many capacities -- in the military or medicine. How fortunate we are -- probably thousands of us -- that he answered the call to ministry. He and Sydney Ann have touched, improved and brightened my life; they have been the most wonderful disciples for Jesus Christ, surely transforming the world wherever they were sent.
Gene was a customer of mine at the Colonial Barber Shop for many years till I retired. He once said to me "I'm only the Salesman" when referring to a request to speak to the Lord for me. I was told I could make that request myself, and that I did. He reopened my eyes to a life filled with love through Christ. For that I give thanks. I am with you in sorrow and praying for the family and friends who loved Gene so well.
PRAYERS AND CONCERN FOR FAMILY MEMBERS DURING THEIR TIME OF SORROW.