Patrick Wright Atkinson WILMINGTON - Mr. Atkinson, age 33, of Wilmington, NC, died Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at his home. A funeral service will be held at 4:00PM on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at The Holden Beach Chapel in Holden Beach, NC with Dr John Gray officiating. The family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service. Patrick was born on November 20, 1978 in Charlotte, the beloved son of Richard "Rocky" and Dulce Atkinson of Holden Beach. He was a graduate of Providence Day School and attended both East Carolina University and Queens College while majoring in art. His passion was painting and his work was promoted by many noted galleries from an early age. For the last six years Patrick painted exclusively for Grand Image in Seattle, WA, a major distributor of original art work and fine reproductions to galleries and corporations throughout the United States. His paintings were carried by Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, Ethan Allen and many other top retailers. When The Drake Hotel in San Francisco recently underwent renovation, Patrick's art played a major role in the design of the guest suites. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two precious sons, Caspian Wright and Lief Gabriel, both of Charlotte, sisters Logan Atkinson from Wilmington and Aubree Sledge and her husband, Edward, and their three children Hayden, Marechal and Simms from Birmingham, AL plus many aunts, uncles and cousins. Even with success as an artist, Patrick remained quiet and unassuming. He had a strong belief in the Lord and his family takes comfort in knowing he's resting in the arms of Jesus. Patrick was a gentle and loving father who treasured time with his boys and family. We'll all miss his sense of humor, boundless creativity, compassion for the underdog and sweet loving presence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eagles Nest Regeneration at 4410 Christians-burg Pike in Floyd,VA 24091-2598. Shared memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.quinnmcgowen. com.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Oct. 12, 2012