Ted Lee Atwood

March 26, 1947May 11, 2019

Ted Lee Atwood passed away May 11, 2019, at University Hospital in Columbia, MO.

Ted was born March 26, 1947 in Poplar Bluff, MO to Marvin and Elizabeth Atwood, who preceded him in death along with one brother, Lynne Atwood.

Ted was a graduate of the University of Missouri, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary. Ted worked for the University of Missouri as an internal auditor and retired in 2002.

He leaves behind his wife, Kathleen (Butler) Atwood; son Wayne Atwood, daughter-in-law Christa, and grandson Spencer; daughter Brandy Atwood and grandchildren Derrik Atwood, Kaylee Atwood, Nikki May, and Trevor May; daughter Crystal Atwood; sister Mary Beth Sumpter and brother-in-law Kirk; sister Donna Brown and brother-in-law Ed; brother Dan Atwood and sister-in-law Joan; brother Steve Atwood; as well as his nieces and nephews.


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Ven and Cynthia Houts

May 20, 2019

Our sympathies and prayers go out to Kathleen and her family in the loss of Ted.
I have many fond memories of Ted and all the Atwoods when my siblings and I would spend weeks of our summer vacation at the Houts' farm outside of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. These memories included:
Helping Granddad Earl and Grandmother Pearl weed the garden--which meant throwing rotten tomatoes at the nearest cousin or sibling;
Picking strawberries in the multi-acre patch--which meant throwing strawberries at the nearest cousin or sibling;
Going to the creek for our evening bath with the trusted Ivory soap - because it "floats".
However, one of my favorite memories include Grandmother Pearl's witness to us daily about how important Jesus and God should be in our lives. This included listening to the Youth edition of Back to the Bible hour on the radio and her famous blessings before each meal. It also included attending the little white church across from the Sparkman cemetery. I remember she quoted scripture and one of her and my Mother Glady's favorite verses was "Study to show yourself approved a workman who need not to be ashamed and correctly handing the word of GOD" (vmhv. 2 Timothy 2:15). Grandmother also quoted the scripture "I have no greater joy than to know my children are walking in the truth with GOD".
I'm sure Ted listened and learned from each of her many lessons as each of us tried to do.

Donna Brown

May 18, 2019

Teddy gave me my first flower: a red rose for my 12th birthday along with a poem he had written for me. You couldn't find a more loving, generous person. I will miss him so much.

Karen Atwood Wesselmann

May 13, 2019

So sorry to hear through Aaron about Ted. I remember the kind, soft, vulnerable Ted from College. I believe he was President of the Baptist Student Union when I got there as a freshman. I remember how welcoming and how handsome he was. We went on revival weekends to churches in the area together. What great times we had. I always had dinner on Sundays at the Atwood’s home after church at Parkade. They would come pick me up at the dorm for church and I would be with the whole family. Ted was the life of the party. I can still heard his laugh. Just had to share the happy remembrances. God bless you in your readjustment period. I remember you as a good sister-in-law and wish you well. Karen