Birmingham, died Jan. 16, 2014, at the residence. He was known to repeat a quote reminding family and friends to live in and enjoy the present. He also enjoyed bowling and had worked in sales. Father James Matthew Atkins Sr. predeceased him.
Surviving are daughter Julie ( Tim Riddle) Atkinson, Center Point; sons Jeremy Atkinson, Hueytown, Bret Atkinson, Foley; mother Gail Cardwell Atkinson, Center Point; brother Johnny (Rhonda) Atkinson, Dallas/Selfville.
Jim Hill officiated the 2 p.m. service held Jan. 21 at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Bethlehem Cemetery, Trafford.