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Gene A. AtkinsonPassing: January 13, 2012


Chastain Funeral Home

Monday,Jan.16,2012, 7:00 pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Monday,Jan.16,2012, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Chastain Funeral Home

MITCHELL Gene A. Atkinson, 90, passed away at 6:55 a.m. Friday, January 13, 2012, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

Born November 27, 1921, in Orange County, he was the son of Clarence Ray “Hop” and Nellie Lorraine (Cornwell) Atkinson. He married Betty June Mayden April 13, 1941, and they were married 63 years. She preceded him in death October 4, 2004. His second marriage was to Allien (Magner) Bugh August 2005, and she preceded him in death November 30, 2008.

He retired from Carpenter Body Works and was a 1939 graduate of Paoli High School.
Gene was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Paoli Masonic Lodge No. 119 F&AM, and the Mitchell Presbyterian Church.

Surviving: children,
Bradley Gene (Cheryl) Atkinson, Centerville
Jerry Wayne (Carol) Atkinson, Mitchell
Patricia Ray (Monte Rager) Atkinson, Orleans
Amy Lynn (Rob) Parker, Mitchell
Charlotte Rose (Buddy Kirkman) Atkinson, Bedford
James Lee Atkinson, Bedford
13 grandchildren
6 great grandchildren

His parents; both wives; and son, Eric Lee Atkinson, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 16, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home with Lee Hupp officiating.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: American Legion Post No. 250.

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20 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Jason Atkinson | Memphis, TN
    Date: January 19, 2012
    My sincere condolences go out to all the great family members and many friends on the passing of such a wonderful Grandpa. I will always treasure the special relationship that he and I shared. He is gone in the physical sense, but his spirit will live on forever! I love you Grandpa!!! Jason Scott
  2. Guest: Janna Atkinson Corn | Petersburg, IN
    Date: January 16, 2012
    There are no words that can describe what this man meant to his family and extened family. It was an honor to call him Dad. He taught many of us what the words love and family were really all about. I pray that my sons will carry on the tradition of the Atkinson hugs, and cherish his memory for many generations to come.
  3. Guest: Leigh White | Louisville, KY
    Date: January 16, 2012
    Regan and Hilary, we send our sincerest condolences to you during your time of loss. May the memories of years spent with your grandfather fill you with solace as you mourn. Love, Leigh, Nikolay, Tatyana and Denitsa
  4. Guest: Lisa Hensley | Bloomington, IN
    Date: January 16, 2012
    I was sad to read of Gene's passing. I knew Gene during the time that I cleaned his home, for several years. He was a wonderful man that loved his family, and had a great sense of humor. I enjoyed every visit with him, and we shared some great conversations. He will be missed by anyone that knew him, he was special. Charlotte, I know you will miss your Daddy and I am sending prayers, warm thoughts and a hug to you. Treasure your memories, he gave you many.
  5. Guest: Kevin Atkinson | Hartford City, IN
    Date: January 16, 2012
    Miss you very much Grandpa, only the fondest memories come to mind. Love you very much, Love Kevin.
  6. Guest: Thea Duncan | Hartford City, IN
    Date: January 16, 2012
    To the Atkinson Family, sorry for your loss. Thea Duncan
  7. Guest: Patty Cress | Clarksville, IN
    Date: January 16, 2012
    Brad & Cheryl, We are thinking about you during this difficult time. Gene was a special person whose life was enriched by the two of you. Patty and Hugh
  8. Guest: Penny Connerley Wicks | Cooper, TX
    Date: January 15, 2012
    Jerry, So sorry to hear of your fathers passing, you have my sincere condolences at this time. I know what you are probably going through and I feel for you. Your classmate Penny Connerley Wicks
  9. Guest: Ruthanne & Danny Blackwell | Bedford, IN
    Date: January 14, 2012
    So sorry for your loss. Please know that your family is in our prayers.
  10. Guest: Adele Bowden Purlee | Bedford, IN
    Date: January 14, 2012
    Charlotte, I am very sorry of your dads passing. It is never easy to let them go. Hugs and prayers to you.
  11. Guest: Lela Howell | Mitchell, IN
    Date: January 14, 2012
    It is never easy to lose a parent. I will be thinking of all you "kids". I thought a lot of both Gene and Betty--good neighbors and good friends Lela Howell
  12. Guest: Shelia Howell Belk | Jacksonville, AL
    Date: January 14, 2012
    So sorry to hear about Gene, my prayers and thoughts are with your family. Shelia Howell Belk
  13. Guest: Joe and Kathy Adams | Avoca, IN
    Date: January 14, 2012
    Sorry to heard of your loss. You all in our thoughts and prays Joe and Kathy Adams
  14. Guest: Sonny & Terri Robbins | Richmond, IN
    Date: January 14, 2012
    I am so sorry to learn of Gene"s passing. I enjoyed all the years working with him. Our thoughts are with you.
  15. Guest: Evalyn (Root) Stitt | Indianapolis, IN
    Date: January 14, 2012
    Jerry, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
  16. Guest: Patsy Porter | Avon, IN
    Date: January 14, 2012
    May the memories of the life you shared with your Dad help ease your sorrow. May the comfort of family and friends help heal your heart. My deepest sympathy to the family and heartfelt prayers. Patsy Williams Porter
  17. Guest: Kay Luchauer Ely | Mitchell, IN
    Date: January 14, 2012
    Charlotte and family, please accept my condolences for the loss of your father. It is not easy to let go of a parent. May God wrap his loving arms around you in the days ahead.
  18. Guest: Keith Eckensberger | Cameron Park , CA
    Date: January 13, 2012
    I am so sorry for your loss. Gene was a fine man and Carpenter's best leader. We solved many bus problems in our Carpenter years. He always treated me with respect and was a true friend. Keith
  19. Guest: Bob Plew | Shelbyville, IN
    Date: January 13, 2012
    I am sorry for your loss but as I remarked about my sister's passing: I am not sorry she is gone. Just glad she was here. I agree with Keith, Gene was one of the best at Carpenter's. When I think of my 18 years at Carpenter's I think of Leo Hardman, Paul Bass, Yulee Dalton, Keith, Gene and many others. Gene, along with those mentioned was a man of integrity. A man, father, grandfather to be esxtremely proud of. Bob Plew
  20. Guest: Steve Tindall | Crossville, TN
    Date: January 13, 2012
    Peace be with you, I enjoyed your father, he was good to us kids, I remember your Dad taking us to Pumpkin Center, many years ago. May the Good Lord be with you,Your friend and neighbor,Steve Tindall