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ATKINSON, Jr., Jack Mr. Jack Porter Atkinson, Jr., 67, of Garfield, died Monday, April 22, 2013 at University Hospital in Augusta following a long illness. Mr. Atkinson was born in Panama City, Florida on October 22, 1945 to Jack Porter Atkinson, Sr. and Meryl Hill Atkinson. He spent his early years in his father's hometown, Garfield, Georgia, and Twin City, Georgia. He graduated from Emory University's Oxford College in 1965 and Emory College in Atlanta in 1967 with degrees in Sociology and Anthropology. He joined Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity, serving as rush chairman. He joined the United States Peace Corps following graduation and worked in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1967-1969, with the Ministry of Agriculture helping administer the national 4-K program. He married Jane Howard Martin of Springfield, Tennessee, in 1970, and they had two sons, Jack Porter Atkinson, III and John Martin Atkinson. He received a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology in 1972, and became an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. In 1975 he became Registrar and Instructor in the social sciences at Oxford College of Emory University, serving ten years. From 1985 to 1987 he was Director of Development at Oxford College. In 1987 he became Executive Director of the Association of Emory Alumni in Atlanta, where he initiated the Emory Alumni Assemblies, serving until 1995. As part of the Emory alumni travel program, he and his family went to the Mediterranean, Russia, and a return to Kenya. Jack was on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Board and served as Rambles Chairman. He was Chairman of the National Register Review Board for the Ga. Dept. of Natural Resources, active in the Oxford Historical Shrine Society, and a member of the Oxford Historic Cemetery Foundation. He was a former Mayor of Oxford, Georgia. He and his wife Jane completed a period restoration of the 1837 Thomas-Stone House in Oxford and won the first Georgia Trust Best Restoration Award. In more recent years, Jack lived in his hometown Garfield, where he was a Counselor, taught at East Georgia State College, and was Director of the Franklin Memorial Library in Swainsboro, Georgia until 2007. He wrote a column in the Swainsboro weekly newspaper The Forest Blade entertaining readers with stories of his lifetime memories. He was past president of the Emanuel County Historic Preservation Society and a member of the Garfield United Methodist Church. Survivors include his two sons, Jack Porter Atkinson, III, wife Lorin, and their three children Jack Porter Atkinson IV, William Carmichael Atkinson, and Catherine Cherie Atkinson of Covington, GA and John Martin Atkinson, wife Mary, and their two daughters, Jane Helen Atkinson and Virginia Brown Atkinson of Atlanta; sister, Barbara Mosses of Metter; brother, Lawrence A. Atkinson and wife Patricia of Garfield; and an aunt, Eunice Hill Collatz of Panama City, Florida. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Garfield Methodist Church in Garfield Georgia, with interment in Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery outside of Garfield. There will also be a Memorial Service of Remembrance at Old Church in Oxford, Georgia on Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Garfield United Methodist Church, 105 Monroe St., Garfield, GA 30425 or the Emanuel County Historic Preservation Society, P. O. Box 353, Swainsboro, GA 30401. Condolences may be expressed at www.chapmanfhofswainsboro.com.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 25, 2013
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