William James Atkins passed away July 23 while vacationing in Colorado Springs. Bill was born in Shreveport, Louisiana November 12, 1933. He completed his high school education at Sewanee Military Acadamy, and continued his education at Tulane University where he met his wife Ruth Knighton Atkins. After service in the Air Force, Bill and Ruth returned to Shreveport where Bill was an active member of the business community and manager of Atco Investment company for many years. Bill began a tradition of vacationing in Colorado Springs when he was a child vacationing with his parents. As an adult, Bill and Ruth continued to vacation in Colorado Springs where they met many friends at the wonderful restuarants,golf courses,and tennis courts of Colorado Springs. Bill is survived by his lovely wife, Ruth, and their children, Alison Atkins Crowther, Susana Atkins McCarthy and husband Terry, William James Atkins, Jr. and John Edward Atkins and wife Lindsay. He will also be fondly remembered by his two grandchildren Juliette Louise Crowther and William John McCarthy. The family would like to express gratitude for the care provided by Dr. Daniel Tell and his staff; to Jerri Schomaker and her staff at Home Instead Senior Care and to the Colorodo Springs EMS. Funeral services will be conducted at First Methodist Church in Shreveport at Friday, July 29th at 11:00am In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to a charity your choice.
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Published in The Gazette from July 28 to July 29, 2011