Joan Marie Atkins

October 22, 1949November 17, 2020
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Joan Atkins entered into the arms of her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. She was called home by the Lord after experiencing some non-covid related health issues over the last couple of years. While we already miss her physical presence, we feel her near to us in every other way and know that she was victorious.

Sweet memories and serene views of Nature’s natural beauty are what we envision when we remember Joan’s love of family, friends, and appreciation of creative enjoyment. Joan was a kind, loving and unselfish person who always put the needs of her family and friends ahead of herself. Over the years, she really enjoyed the making of Arts and Crafts. She had the uncanny ability to hand make beautiful wreaths and tie bows, especially during the holiday seasons. She found great comfort in sharing her creations with family and friends over the years. Joan also was an avid bridge player with her friends while living in Augusta. They enjoyed gathering each week to bring themselves up to date before cell phones and the internet while battling in contract bridge. Later in life, she became an avid reader of novels. She had an amazing retention level and would often read an entire novel in 2 nights. But, what she enjoyed most was being with her five grandchildren and witnessing each of their milestones of success as they have grown into their high school years and further. She really looked forward to taking the children on vacations each year, especially Disney World trips. She also would never hesitate showering the grandkids with gifts from her heart. Her family brought her so much joy.

Joan was born in Spartanburg, SC and grew up in Augusta, Ga as the only child of Richard F. Murray and Annie Marie (Poole) Murray, both pre-deceased. She attended Aquinas HS and graduated from Augusta College. She and her husband, Charles R. “Chuck” Atkins were married in 1970 at St Mary’s On The Hill Church in Augusta. Joan gave birth to 3 children; Elizabeth Atkins Flowers (Mark Flowers), Jennifer Atkins Manser (Robert Manser), and Charles R. “Charlie” Atkins. Prior to leaving Augusta, she worked at Richmond County Training center and later at Easter Seals of Augusta.

In 1987, a job promotion for Chuck gave the family the opportunity to move to St Simons Island, Ga, where they have called Home since. After moving to St Simons, Joan became a Certified Case Manager in Injury Rehabilitation until her retirement in 2010.

In additions to her parents, she is pre-deceased by her son, Charlie (2012). She is survived by her husband, Chuck Atkins, and her daughters, Elizabeth and Jennifer. In addition, her five grandchildren; Mallory Ann Flowers (21), Murray Elizabeth Flowers (17), Robert Price Manser (17), Macie Anne Manser (16), and Marshall Riner Flowers (15).

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held to Honor Joan on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 2PM at Village Creek Landing (526 South Harrington Rd) on St Simons Island. The Reverend Wayne Racz of Lovely Lane Chapel will officiate. This will be an outdoor memorial. There are indoor facilities on site, if needed. The family requests island casual attire. Masks are encouraged.

In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations may be made to Epworth By The Sea at PO Box 20407 St Simons Island, Ga 31522-0007. Epworth By The Sea is a Christ centered ministry that has made a spiritual impact on Joan and her family in many ways.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Bryan Krull and Dr. Rafael Alba Yunen for their unwavering care. Your kindness and expertise were very much appreciated.

Edo Miller and Sons is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the register book and leave condolences for the family at


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Stewart Flanagin

November 28, 2020

Chuck, so sorry to learn of the passing of your wife Joan. Life is not fair-as experienced by the loss of your son and wife. I know God will give you the strength to get thru this sad time. On a lighter note I remember Joan had more friends at our reunions than I did. Keep playing your beech music and base. I remember the old band days. God Bless. Stewart Flanagin

Bob Bignon

November 21, 2020

When I look at all of the wonderful photos of Joan with you and your family, I see the love that you all shared for one another. May God bless you and your family and give you all His peace at this time.

Debbie Douglas Hendrix

November 20, 2020

Chuck and family,
So sorry for your loss. Joan was a very sweet and dear person. Prayers for her eternal peace and may God remain with you all.

Justin and Vanessa Yawn

November 20, 2020

Atkins Family,

I was devastated when I heard the news of Joan’s passing. I have so many fond memories of Christmas parties, weddings, birthdays and just good ole fashion fun. I can only imagine your loss, but also know that Mrs. Atkins taught us so many things and one of those is how to love our way through difficult times. She was there for so many of us in our struggles, and always had a reassuring word.

We hope you find time to cry together and laugh together because that is what she taught us to do. You are in our prayers.

O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day our sister Joan. We thank you for giving him to us, his family and friends, to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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Terry Kitchings

November 20, 2020


My sincere condolences to you and your family. I will keep you close in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks.

Bob Turbyfill

November 20, 2020

Chuck, my deepest sympathy to you and your family upon Joan's passing. Having been through this myself this news brought an ache to my heart. Pleased be assured that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and yours.

Warren Hamilton

November 20, 2020

Chuck and family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Joan and please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless...

Jack and Patricia Izlar

November 20, 2020

Chuck and family
We were so sorry to hear about Joan. You and the family will be in our prayers.

Nancy Kimball Smith

November 20, 2020

Dearest Chuck and family,
My deepest sympathies to all of you.

Mary Biddy

November 19, 2020

Chuck, I am so terribly sorry to hear of Joan’s death. My heart breaks for all of you. Praying for peace and comfort as you endure the days ahead.
Mary D’Antignac Biddy


Joan - about 1969


On a cruise with Glen and Mary Ann Morris - late 70's


Christmas morning 1980 - Joan, Lisa and Charlie


Christmas Eve - about 1985


Nana with Macie


Joan loved to see her hibiscus bloom.


Joan, Robert and Price with newly born Macie.


Joan's quiet place - Charlie's memorial at Epworth by the Sea.


Nana and Macie

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