A resident of Hampton Virginia, he graduated from Hampton High School and went on to graduate from Virginia Tech.
While at Virginia Tech, he began his career, which would include retail, wholesale, and manufacturing of furniture products. Lou opened his first business in downtown Blacksburg “The Water Closet” where he started selling waterbeds. Louis had a love of sailing, especially on his beloved Mari Lou. That love, led him to purchase Peninsula Sailing Center. His extensive knowledge in so many industries made him and invaluable source of information to anyone needing it.
Preceding him in death were his mother and father Louise Zehrbach Atwell and Frederick Wall Atwell.
Louis is survived by his long time partner Mary Hunter Curry. He also leaves behind two sisters, Cynthia Walker (Gene Madray) and Bonnie Wilson(Mike Wilson), along with his aunt Jean Paige Jenkins, 3 nephews and their families, and many lifelong friends and "brothers ".
A celebration of life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial contribution be made to Save The Bay Foundation.