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Kenneth Emil Atkins Obituary
ATKINS Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Kenneth Emil Atkins died at home peacefully on April 1, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born March 21, 1931, and was the son of Elmer Stuart Atkins and Siri Lofgren Atkins. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Katherine Davis Atkins and his three daughters and sons-in-laws, Jennifer Hanigan (Scott), Diane Madison (Baker) and Stephanie Baker (Archie). He also has six grandchildren, Ashton Kay Hanigan, Reed Scott Hanigan, Julia Katherine Madison, Baker Wells Madison Jr., Jack Spalding Baker, and Katherine Atkins Baker. He is also survived by his brother Elmer Stuart Atkins and niece Christine Atkins Godak (Mike) and nephew Kenneth Stuart Atkins. Ken moved with his family to Orlando, Florida when he was 12 years old. He graduated from Orlando High School where he played football and was a member of the track team. He then entered the University of Florida and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and the track team. Ken was a member of the first track team to win the SEC Championship in 1953, setting a Florida record in the high hurdles. He graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science Business Administration. He entered the US Army, joining the 82nd Airborne Division, serving during the Korean Conflict as a 1st Lieutenant and continued to run track for the Army. His first job was with IBM Corporation in sales. He later worked in municipal finance with Pierce, Wulbern, Murphy Inc. He also worked with Arch Roberts and Co., serving as a senior Vice-president, as an investment banker and later with Merrill Lynch as a Senior Financial Consultant, retiring in 1998. Ken was an active member of the community. He was a Founding Board Member and first Treasurer of St. Marks Episcopal Day School, a Board of Trustees member of The Bartram School for Girls. He also served as Superintendent of the Sunday School and Chaired the Board of Trustees of St. John's Presbyterian Kindergarten. He was active at Riverside Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder, Trustee, Trustee Chair, and served over a decade as Usher Chair for special Church Services. Ken was an avid outdoorsman with a extreme love of fishing. He was an Honorary Life Member of the Florida Yacht Club and a former member of Timuquana Country Club. Interment will be in the Memorial Garden at Riverside Presbyterian Church at a later date. There will be a memorial service Friday, April 4th at 11:00AM at Riverside Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow immediately after the service in Bittinger Hall. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate that any donations be made to The Wounded Warriors Project, Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257, or the .
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Apr. 3, 2014
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