Gwendolyn Johnson Atkins

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Service for Ms. Gwendolyn Johnson Atkins will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at K.L. Brown Funeral Home in Jacksonville. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Ms. Atkins is the daughter of the late Roosevelt (Tob) Johnson and the late Evelyn Johnson Phillips. She is also the step-daughter of the late Raymond (Gus) Phillips. Ms. Atkins is preceded in death by her only brother, Julian (Burgie) Johnson; step-brother, Raymond Phillips Jr.; maternal grandparents, Tommy and Rozzie Cleveland Heath; step-grandfather, Charlie Heath, and paternal grandparents, Dock Sr. and Nellie Kate Johnson. On June 8, 1968, Gwendolyn married Mr. Bobby Joe Atkins, of Jacksonville, and to this union, four children were born, Constance, Laketra, Flenard and Brandice. The two remained married approximately twenty-four and a half years. Gwendolyn attended Twelfth Street Elementary School and was a Cobb Avenue High School 1968 graduate. After her marriage, she became a full-time house wife and mother, and later worked for a short period of time at the Jacksonville State University cafeteria. Gwendolyn loved her family and friends. She enjoyed family gatherings, especially eating delectable meals and entertaining everyone with jokes about her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed watching television and listening to good music. One of her past-time fun hobbies was playing bingo. Gwendolyn was a generous and giving person. Sometime after her health begin to decline, she became an in-house resident at the Jacksonville Nursing and Rehab Center. Gwendolyn leaves to accept her newly awaited kingdom transition, her four children, Constance Atkins Nation, Laketra Devonne Atkins, Flenard Martice Atkins, and Brandice Janean Atkins; five grandchildren, Christopher and Victoria Taylor, Malikka an Chandler Nation, and Breanna Graham; the father of her children, Bobby Joe Atkins; mother-in-law, Frances Atkins; former son-in-law, Philip Nation Jr.; four sisters and their husbands, Carolyn J. Satcher (Larry), of Stone Mt., Ga., Joyce J. Craft (Lyric), of Snellville, Ga., Terris P. Moss (Victor), of Acokekee, Md., and Denise P. Christian (Fred), of Oxford; three step-sisters, Martha Sinkler (Robert) and Audrey Bowden of Baltimore, Md., and Mary Geathers, of Pittsburg, Pa.; several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews; other in-laws, and a host of cousins, friends and neighbors. The family wishes to thank those staff members of the Jacksonville Health and Rehab, as well as, the staff members of Stringfellow Memorial Hospital that attended Ms. Atkins before her transition. Online condolences may be sent to klbrownfuneralhome.com K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center 322 Nisbet Street NW Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042
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(256) 435-7042
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Published in The Anniston Star on July 28, 2017