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Asheville - Tyrus R. Atkinson, Jr., 77, of Asheville, North Carolina and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, died Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at Emerald Coast Sacred Heart Hospital in Miramar Beach, Florida. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he was the son of the late Tyrus R. Atkinson, Sr., and Jayne Morgan Swain.
He was a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Journalism in 1957 and the University of Georgia School of Law in 1965. He served on active duty in the United States Air Force as an officer and navigator from 1957-1960 being stationed in Texas and Alaska and then continued his service until 1966 in the Air National Guard.
The majority of his legal career was spent in Atlanta, Georgia, in the private practice of law. His legal career also included service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Assistant District Attorney of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, staff attorney in the Fulton County Public Defender's Office and as a Judge in the Magistrate Court of Fulton County. After his retirement from private practice, he continued working as a National Arbitration Forum Arbitrator until very recently. He was a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta and the Old War Horse Lawyers Club of Atlanta.
He was a man of many varied interests and talents. He was an avid golfer, a championship marksman and a sport fisherman. He read history continuously and traveled extensively with his wife, Kathy. His continual pursuit of knowledge in diverse areas all of his life made him a true renaissance man.
He was a 33rd Degree Mason and a past master of the Sandy Springs Lodge 124 in Atlanta.
He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Kathy Baley Atkinson, by a sister Debbie Atkinson Cox of Atlanta , by three nephews Tyrus Scott Holmes of Atlanta, James W. Baley and John W. Baley both of Asheville, North Carolina, as well as numerous cousins.
A private interment will be held at Pritchard Cemetery in Marshall, North Carolina prior to a Memorial Service to be conducted at 3pm on September 25th at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Asheville, North Carolina.
Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website at www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com
Morris Funeral Home
304 Merrimon Avenue Asheville, NC 28801
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, 2013