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ATKINS David Randall Randy Atkins, 63, of Jacksonville, FL, died September 17, 2011, at his home following a long illness. Randy was born August 4, 1948 to Jean Atkinson Atkins and David S. Atkins, Jr. The oldest of three children, he attended Norwood Elementary, Kirby Smith Jr. High, and graduated from Andrew Jackson H.S. in 1966. He then attended Ricks College in Idaho and Brigham Young University in Utah. A faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Randy filled a two year mission to Australia. He was married to Edith Oliphant Atkins in 1978 in the Provo, Utah Temple. They have one daughter, Amanda Jean Atkins. Randy filled many callings in his church including teacher, scoutmaster, youth leader, Bishop's Counselor, Bishop, and was serving as a counselor in the Jacksonville Florida West Stake Presidency at the time of his death. His favorite calling was as a Father and Husband. Employed for 33 years at Consolidated Rigging and Marine Supply. Randy enjoyed golf and was a member of the Starke Golf and Country Club. He was an avid football fan and enjoyed many other sports. He was known for his ability to love people and make friends with everyone. Randy is survived by his wife, Edith Oliphant Atkins; his daughter, Amanda Jean Atkins; his father, David S. Atkins, Jr.; his sisters, J. Elaine Atkins and Carroll Atkins Peterson, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother, Jean Atkinson Atkins. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, September 22, 2011, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 461 Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park, FL. The family visitation to greet friends will be Wednesday, September 21, 2011, from 6-8pm at Hardage-Giddens Blanding Funeral, 5753 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville, FL. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery (gate 6), 4535 Main St., Jacksonville, FL. Randy's heart was focused on God, his family, and service to others. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Sept. 20, 2011
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