William Neel Atkinson "Neel"

April 26, 1962January 31, 2012

Mr. Atkinson, 49, of Charlotte, passed away on Jan. 31, 2012.

He was born on April 26, 1962, in Rock Hill, SC, to Claude Hazelton Atkinson and Sarah Jane Jennings Vest Atkinson.

Neel graduated from Independence High School in 1980.

He married Terrie Waters on May 19, 1984, in Mint Hill.

He retired from All Interior Supply after fifteen years as a salesman.

He was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church in Mint Hill, NC.

He was an avid sports fan and in particular loved drag racing. He spent many weekends drag racing his car. Neel was a member of the 100mph club Pageland Drag Way (SC). He was a stay at home dad for the last eight years and enjoyed spending his time with his children.

Survivors include his wife of twenty-eight years, Terrie, and his three children, Elec, Emily and Eli Atkinson, all of Charlotte; his mother-in-law, Betty Waters, Charlotte; his brother, Claude Atkinson, Charlotte; his sister, Beth Atkinson, Atlanta, GA; and many uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and brother- and sisters-in-law.

His family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, from 1-3 p.m. in the chapel at the Arlington Baptist Church, 9801 Arlington Church Rd., Mint Hill, NC, followed by his funeral service in the church’s Family Life Center. Dr. Steve Gandy will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

The family wishes to thank all their friends and colleagues for their love and support. Thanks as well to Hospice of Charlotte for their loving care and support. And most of all, thank you to the family for their love, help, and support over the years.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Huntington’s Disease Society, NC Chapter, P.O. Box 5512, Charlotte, NC 27113.

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  • Funeral Service Friday, February 3, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, February 3, 2012

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Becky Brown

March 5, 2012

Terrie and children,
I just learned today about Neel. Our prayers and love to each of you during this difficult time.
Tim and Becky Brown

Jill Russell

February 4, 2012

I am so very sorry for your loss, may God give you strength to get through this most difficult time. We enjoyed seeing Neel at the track and he will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!
Love, Rodney, Jill, Ashley, Landon, and Carson Russell

Carol and Lisa Fadel

February 3, 2012

Dear Terrie, my heart was heavy when I heard of Neel's passing. What a courageous fight you both fought for such a long time. May God bless you and all your family in this time of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dick Pinkes

February 3, 2012

Terrie: Words cannot express my feelings, I can only offer my sincere condolences. Neel, you and your family will be in our prayers this week.
Dick Pinkes, BAC Retired

Gordon Comer

February 3, 2012

Terrie, Beth, & Chip. Mary Jane and I are sorry for your loss. Our prayer is that the Lord will strengthen and encourage you during this difficult time.
Gordon Comer (aunt Flo's son)

Cindy Nelson

February 3, 2012

Dear Terrie, Elec, Emily & Eli, We are so sorry for your loss. Neel was a very special person and inspiration to many. May God continue to give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jimmy and Cindy Nelson

Janie Ayers

February 3, 2012

Terrie - I am so sorry for your loss. I remember our New Years Eve together many years ago and how much fun we had! I miss you and will keep you and your family in my prayers!

Chris Toner

February 3, 2012

Terrie, Elec, Emily & Eli, My heart goes out to you and your entire family for your loss. I am so grateful that I got to know Neel. He was a wonderful man, husband & father. Know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Marty Sims

February 3, 2012

Sincerest Condolences to Friends & Family at this time of grief and sorrow. Prayers for All and May GOD's Blessings enrich your lives more for the passing of Your Loved One.

Melanie Vest

February 3, 2012

Terrie, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a sweet step-brother! I remember when I first met you and I told him your a lucky guy & he said what do you know about it your just a kid!!!!! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless you all!!! Make sure and tell Chip I said hello & God Bless!!!!