ATKINSON Mr. Robert Joseph R.J. Atkinson, III, age 62, of Fernandina Beach passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013 at his residence. Born in Charleston, SC, he was one of four children born to the late Robert J. Atkinson, Jr. and Juanita DuBose Atkinson. In 1960, at the age of 10, his family moved to Jacksonville where he graduated from Englewood High School in 1968. After high school, he attended the College of Charleston for two years then transferred to the University of Florida in Gainesville graduating with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology. R. J. then enlisted in the U.S. Navy where worked as an Electronics Technician. After the Navy, R.J. worked with various companies within the Pulp and Paper Industry. In 1989 he moved to Fernandina Beach joining Honeywell Controls in 1991 at Container Corporation of America where he remained an integral part of their work force. During his time at Honeywell he earned a second degree in Information Technology from American InterContinental University. Throughout his entire life, he has led an active lifestyle; playing tennis, wind surfing,, swimming, water skiing, Karate and Ball Room Dancing. He enjoyed music and playing his piano. R. J. is preceded in death by his wife, Beth Degenhardt Atkinson, who passed away in December of 2011. He leaves behind, his brother, Bartley Atkinson, Macon, GA, two sisters, Karen Klecka, St. Augustine, FL, Lisa Kirk, St. Augustine, FL and a nephew, Mitchell Gossett, St. Augustine, FL. Funeral services will be at 3:00 pm on Friday, June 21, 2013 from the graveside in Bosque Bello Cemetery, Fernandina Beach; as he is laid to rest beside his wife. A reception will follow at Oxley Heard Funeral Home. His family will receive friends on Thursday June 20th from 5:00 7:00 pm at Oxley Heard Funeral Home. Please share his life story at OXLEY HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS Please Sign the Guestbook @

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Published in the Florida Times-Union on June 19, 2013