Hugh T. Atkinson, age 94, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at his home in Flowery Branch, Ga. Funeral Service will be held Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at noon at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Cory Ingold and the Rev. John Roark will officiate.
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Interment will follow in Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens with military honors. The family will receive Friends Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Hugh is survived by his wife, Opal Atkinson; twin daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Pete Alexander, Jeanne and David Hale; granddaughter, Courtney L. Arya; numerous nieces; and nephews. Hugh served as part of the greatest generation as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was a pilot flying a B-17 in Europe during World War II and was held as a prisoner of war for a year. After the war, he was a pilot during the Berlin Airlift. He retired from the Air Force with over 21 years of service. He had a second career as a professor at Georgia Tech, University of Georgia and Gainesville College. After that he was a gentleman farmer, farming the land he loved in Flowery Branch.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924. Share memories of Hugh at hamiltonmillchapel.com.
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on Oct. 24, 2013