Billy "Bill" T. Atkins Sr.

September 1, 1930January 3, 2019
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Billy “Bill” T. Atkins, Sr. age 88, of Hixson, Tennessee, surrounded by his loving family, closed his blind eyes on January 3, 2019 to his earthly home and opened his seeing eyes to behold his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in heaven. He was born on September 1, 1930 in Long Island, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his parents Argyle and Naomi Atkins and his sister Betty Ruth. Bill attended the University of Chattanooga and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was a 55 year member of the Bridgeport F&AM Grand Lodge #543 of Alabama, a 50 year member of the Knights Temple of Chattanooga, past president and member of Highland Sportsman and also was a member of the Wolftever Fishing Club. He retired from Provident Unum and was past president of the Provident Club. Bill was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church and the Truth Seekers Sunday School Class. He enjoyed participating in all the Prime Timers activities. He served on several church committees and was faithful in serving breakfast at the community kitchen. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Nancy Ferguson Atkins, daughter, Beth (Jimmy) Lawrence, of Auburn, AL, son, Billy Terrell (Ida) Atkins, Jr., of Antioch, IL, daughter, Amy (Mark) Whitt, of Hixson, TN, grandson, Benjamin T. Atkins, of Antioch, IL, sister, Virginia Atkins, Chattanooga, TN, brother, Glenn (Ada) Atkins, Conyers, GA, brother, Bruce (Mary Ann) Atkins, South Pittsburg, TN, and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Red Bank Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Harvey officiating. Burial will follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with military rites being conducted. The Truth Seekers Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers. . The family will receive friends from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 7, 2019, at the funeral home. Please share your thoughts and memories online at Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.


  • Visitation Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Billy "Bill" T. Atkins Sr.

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January 15, 2019

Nancy - and family -- We are just today learning of the passing of Bill and wanted to let you know that our love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family -- Sure enjoyed the times we spent at your home singing with our group for fun with you and Bill -- He was a special man and we are so sorry for your Loss but what a gain in Heaven now --- Love to you Sue Ann and John

Susie Atkins Smith

January 6, 2019

So many memories of my favorite cousin named Bill. So very sad to hear of his passing. Visits were many growing up. Him at our house (Tiftonia) and us at his house (Sand Mountain).
Had lunch with Bill, Nancy and others about 6 maybe 7 years ago at Cracker Barrel in Tiftoina. He told me He had waited two years to have lunch with me.... We had a chuckle over that remark.
Nancy, Terry, Beth and Amy I know you will miss Bill terribly know my thoughts and prayers are with each of you and your families. Nancy, I remember the day we had lunch I mentioned what a culture shock you must have had moving from PA to Sand Mountain of all places.... you were in agreement
Love, Susie

Karen Tolbert

January 4, 2019

What a handsome man! I bet he and Miss Nancy were something else. We know he can see again in heaven! So sorry

Dan Clark

January 4, 2019

We are very sorry to hear of your father's passing. May God comfort your family in this difficult time.
Dan HHS74