Thurman Chrystor Atkinson Jr.

19 March, 193922 November, 2017

ATKINSON, THURMAN CHRYSTOR (T.C.), JR., 78, of Midlothian, Virginia died peacefully, surrounded and supported by his family, on November 22 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born on March 19, 1939 to Thurman Chrystor Atkinson and Bettie Mae Watkins Atkinson of Blackstone, Virginia. TC is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 54 years, Carolyn Bridgeman Atkinson, his daughter, Tammy Lynn Atkinson, son, Chrystor Lee Atkinson, daughter-in-law, Mary Gordon Atkinson, three grandchildren: Kara Nicole Atkinson, Matthew Chrystor Atkinson, and Madison Lynn Atkinson, and three grand dogs: Kaia, Karma, and Kobi, sisters: Emily Wrenn Atkinson Swelnis of Midlothian, Virginia and Bettie Sterling Atkinson Telepo of Northville, Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews. TC was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Anna Watkins Atkinson Spruill and Eleanor Naomi Atkinson Skinner, both of Blackstone TC enlisted in the Virginia Army National Guard when he was 17 years old and was known as one of the “Original 29” at MATES – Fort Pickett, Virginia. During his 42 years of service, TC held numerous positions and ranks, ending his tour as the United States Property and Fiscal Officer (USPFO) for the Virginia National Guard, when upon retirement, obtained the rank of Brigadier General. On August 29, 2015, along with his son, Chris and grandson, Matthew, he was raised as a Master Mason along with his other Brothers of Masonic Lodge 14, in Richmond, Virginia. Then, on November 14, 2015, he became a Shriner with the ACCA Temple and a member of the Manchester Shrine Club. In the late 70’s and early 80’s, TC found great joy in coaching Tammy’s Little League softball team. He coached a core group of young players for several years, developing them individually and as a team. This team ultimately won the Virginia State USSSA tournament and advanced to the USSSA World Series. Many of his players still refer to him as “The Best Coach Ever”. TC had the special gift of conversation, whether it be serious or playful. That gift, coupled with his engaging, friendly, and outgoing personality, contributed to his knowing no strangers and establishing deep, meaningful friendships. He exuded calmness in times of stressful uncertainty. He always treated others with kindness, and sought the good in everyone and everything. All who knew TC, loved him dearly. After retirement, he enjoyed playing golf, travelling, spending time with his family and friends and savoring a nice glass of scotch by the river. Until his health turned, he was an active member in the Men’s Senior Golf League at Stonehenge Country Club where you could find him most days. The family is especially appreciative of Dr. Yuvraj Choudhary of the Virginia Cancer Institute and Dr. Leanne Yanni of Bon Secours Palliative and Hospice Care for their compassionate approach to patient care and their unwavering commitment to quality of life. Gratitude is also extended to the entire staff at Sunridge Medical Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, we are deeply moved by the love and support extended to us over the last year by friends and family, near and far. TC will be missed dearly by all, but his spirit will carry on with us forever. Plans for a service at Arlington National Cemetery are underway. It is the family’s wish to take this immediate time to mourn and experience the Christmas Holiday but hope you will join them to celebrate TC’s life at Stonehenge Country Club on January 20th at 6:30. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in TC’s name to the Shriners Children’s Hospitals, care of Manchester Shrine Club, 1712 Bellevue Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23227. Online condolences can be made at


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COL (ret) Peter Seaholm

12 January 2018

On behalf of the entire United States Property and Fiscal Officer (USPFO) community (current and retired) we send our heartfelt condolences to Thurman's family. We salute his service to state and nation, and those who served with him are honored by that privilege.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to both family and friends, as his life is remembered and honored on January 20th.

Suzanne (Jenkins) Smith

8 December 2017

Dear Mrs. Atkinson and family, I am deeply saddened for your loss. TC was a great person; very kind, compassionate, generous and thoughtful. He was one of the best bosses I ever had to privilege of working for and I know he will truly be missed by all who knew him. Prayers for strength and peace during this difficult time.

1 December 2017

So sorry for your loss. Jesus wept after the death of his friend Lazarus. John 11:35 We weep àlong with you. His example was written in the Bible to give us hope. Rom. 15:4

30 November 2017

Our hearts are saddened by the loss of TC, and our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May your precious memories of your time together help with the pain. May God comfort your hearts and give you peace. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

27 November 2017

Certainly sorry to hear of TC's passing. We share many fond memories of our time together with him in the Guard. A fine man. Our thoughts, sympathies and condolences to all the family. Warmest regards Buddy and Carolyn Deverell

Joan Dorsey

27 November 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to get to know TC while we served on the Charter Colony Modifications Committee together. I know he will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Joan Dorsey

Katty Gross

27 November 2017

My deepest sympathy to you, Carol, and your family. I will always remember the good times working with TC at the USPFO. He will be missed by so many. "Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart."

Anne West

26 November 2017

'Woot" and I were saddened to read of TC's death. We were there in beginning when TC & Carol roamed the halls of Blackstone High School hand in hand. Theirs was a special relationship & TC was exactly as described in his obituary. We're sending our love & sincere sympathy from Scottsdale to all of his family.

Anne Lewis & Sam 'Woot' West

26 November 2017

We would like to send our deepest sympathy to all the family of TC. He will truly live on in all of you! May God's peace fill your hearts and may these words from God give you hope, joy, and peace~"Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are ETERNAL. For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, ETERNAL in the heavens."(2 Corinthians 4:16-18 and 5:1) With love, Lee and Coleen Paixao

Bernie Henderson

25 November 2017

As President of Woody Funeral Home, I extend our deepest sympathy from all our staff for your loss. We are committed to providing the utmost care to you at this time and throughout the days to come. Our purpose is to assist and serve you in a manner that exceeds your expectations. We pledge to strive to merit the trust you have reposed in us.