Madelyn Rucks Atkinson

December 13, 1930May 19, 2019

Madelyn Rucks Atkinson, a resident of El Dorado, AR died on Sunday, May 19, 2019. She was born on December 13, 1930 in Camden, AR to Edmond Daniel Rucks and Ruth Hodnett Rucks.

She was a graduate of El Dorado High School and had an associate degree from SAU- El Dorado Branch. She was employed by Security Abstract Company; Union County Clerk's office where she served thirteen years as a deputy and 21 years as County and Probate Clerk. During her time in the County Clerk's Office they went from extending the tax books by hand to a tax-billing machine and then to the first computer for the county. They went from paper ballots to a voting machine. She served as secretary to the Arkansas County Clerk's Association. She also served several years as Secretary and Vice Chairman to the Union County Democratic Central Committee and secretary to the Union County Election Commission. After retiring from the Clerk's office she was employed for seventeen and one half years by the law firm of Compton, Prewett, Thomas & Hickey, PA.

She was for several years a member of the El Dorado Business and Professional Women's Club where she served as President and District Director.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of El Dorado and the Ruth-Grace Class.

She was pre-deceased by her parents, one brother William Hodnett Rucks and one grandson John S. Beebe, IV.

She is survived by a son, Charles Randall Atkinson and wife Vicki of Hot Springs, AR; two granddaughters, Ashley Beebe Solomon and husband Ritchie of Fayetteville, AR; Amber Atkinson Spencer and husband John of Springdale, AR; and three great grandchildren, Katelyn Solomon, Cyler Spencer and Winnie Spencer, a great great-granddaughter Willow Solomon, one sister, Elizabeth Mercer of Houston, TX, and a sister-in-law June Rucks of Santa Ana, CA, several nieces, nephews and friends.

A special thanks is given to friends and care givers, Annie Ruth Easter, Sheldon Easter and Annie White.

A graveside memorial services under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors will be at 10 am, Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Arlington Memorial Park with Dr. Jonathan Kelley and Rev. Brian Trostle officiating.

Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of El Dorado, 200 West Main, El Dorado, AR. 71730 or the charity if the donor's choice.

A online registry is available at


  • Memorial Graveside Service Thursday, May 23, 2019


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Connie Reemeq

May 23, 2019

I had the great pleasure if knowing Mrs Atkinson and helping her with her cats. She couldn't help but to feed the stray and feral cats in her neighborhood. Then would do TNR (trap,neuter, return). She was a wonderful lady! And I will miss her greatly. Heaven welcomed a new angel at her passing.

Shannon Phillips

May 21, 2019

Such a wonderful lady that will be greatly missed. She was so kind and helpful to me as I began as a new county clerk. I often see her name on documents around the office and think of what a contribution she made to our county with her public service as County Clerk. She will forever be loved and remembered in this court house. God bless her family and may she Rest In Peace.

henry kinslow

May 21, 2019

I always enjoyed your great service at the courthouse. Enjoy your eternal reward.

Ruth and Jeff Jones

May 20, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.