TUSCALOOSA L. Scott Atkins of Tuscaloosa passed away March 19, 2013, at Hospice of West Alabama.
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Scott was born in Millport, Alabama on November 19, 1934, to Mae and Roy Atkins. He was educated in the Birmingham public school system. Upon graduation from Ensley High School, he joined the Marine Corps and played football for the Memphis Navy. After leaving the Marines, he attended Auburn University on a football scholarship until an injury ended his football career. He transferred to the University of Alabama and received a Bachelor of Science degree and an L.L.B. degree from University of Alabama Law School.
Scott practiced law in Tuscaloosa until he was appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Department of Justice for the Northern District of Alabama. He also served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama, Executive Assistant to the Alabama Highway Director, and Deputy Commissioner at the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Retardation. He practiced law in Tuscaloosa and Centreville and served as Municipal Judge in Centreville and as the Bibb County Assistant Prosecutor. He was President of the Exchange Club and also a member of Delta Chi Fraternity.
Scott is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Bennett Atkins; his daughters, Anne Atkins and Laura Atkins Manning and her husband, Michael; his sons, Dr. L. Scott "Tosh" Atkins and his wife, Missy, and Stewart Patton Atkins and his wife, Amy; his grandchildren, Hunter Atkins, Austin Atkins, Abbie Atkins, Raegan Atkins, Bennett Atkins, Matthew Atkins, Cole Manning, Courtney Manning, Grant Atkins, Katherine Atkins, Kayleigh Atkins, and Lindy Atkins; his brother, James Stewart Atkins and his wife, Martha; and a multitude of family and wonderful friends.
Scott was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles and horses, and spending time with family and friends.
Memorial services will be 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at First Baptist Church with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service in charge of arrangements. The family will receive visitors prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Rd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404; or The Rise School, P.O. Box 870305, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Mar. 20, 2013