OBITUARY

David R. Atkins

August 4, 1948September 17, 2011

David Randall “Randy” Atkins, 63, of Jacksonville, FL, died September 17, 2011, at his home following a long illness. Randy was born August 4, 1948 to Jean Atkinson Atkins and David S. Atkins, Jr. The oldest of three children, he attended Norwood Elementary, Kirby Smith Jr. High, and graduated from Andrew Jackson H.S. in 1966. He then attended Ricks College in Idaho and Brigham Young University in Utah. A faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Randy filled a two year mission to Australia. He was married to Edith Oliphant Atkins in 1978 in the Provo, Utah Temple. They have one daughter, Amanda Jean Atkins. Randy filled many callings in his church including teacher, scoutmaster, youth leader, Bishop’s Counselor, Bishop, and was serving as a counselor in the Jacksonville Florida West Stake Presidency at the time of his death. His favorite calling was as a Father and Husband. Employed for 33 years at Consolidated Rigging and Marine Supply, Randy enjoyed golf and was a member of the Starke Golf and Country Club. He was an avid football fan and enjoyed many other sports. He was known for his ability to love people and make friends with everyone. Randy is survived by his wife, Edith Oliphant Atkins; his daughter, Amanda Jean Atkins; his father, David S. Atkins, Jr.; his sisters, J. Elaine Atkins and Carroll Atkins Peterson, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother, Jean Atkinson Atkins. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, September 22, 2011, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 461 Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park, FL. The family visitation to greet friends will be Wednesday, September 21, 2011, from 6-8pm at Hardage-Giddens Blanding Funeral, 5753 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville, FL. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery (gate 6), 4535 Main St., Jacksonville, FL. Randy’s heart was focused on God, his family, and service to others.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, September 21, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Paul Hale

September 26, 2011

I didn't know Randy as a man but I knew him as a boy at Kirby Smith Jr High school. I am sorry I didn't know him as a man. I can tell by reading all the messages that he was loved by many. My condolences to all.

Catherine L. Ford

September 25, 2011

This is Catherine Lorraine Ford. Randy's mother was my baby sister, a special lady. Randy has now gone to join her whom we lost in April 1974. What a wonderful reunion! I always knew that Randy was special too. As just a young boy and before he went on his mission, he would have a book reading and studying the gospel. I am so thankful that he is not suffering anymore. I know that he is in good hands. We all loved you so much, Randy! Hope to see you again soon. May Heavenly Father's choicest blessings be with you Edith, Amanda, Dave, Ernestine, Elaine and Carroll.
All my love forever, Aunt Lorraine

Gilberto Perez

September 25, 2011

When I first met Randy in jacksonville he show me the big persone,the father,the big friend we never forget he and his family we send condolences to Edith, Amanda,and all family Atkins will be in our heart and part of our family sincerely Gilberto and family from mexico

Ward Phelps

September 22, 2011

When I first met Randy he was Counselor to Bishop Taylor in Timaquana Ward in 1992. I immediately fell in love with the Ward because these two great men welcomed us like Family. Randy always gave those Great Big Bear Hugs and a Powerful Handshake. He is one of the reasons I am the Priesthood Holder I am today. I will miss his mentorship and friendship. I am blessed to have the honor to have known him. Edith, you and Amanda will always be in our hearts and part of our family. Sincerely, Ward Phelps and Family.

Karen Henderson

September 22, 2011

Edith and Amanda I just heard late last night about Randy and I was so shocked. Its seems just a few weeks ago I saw him and as always his arms went out for that hug and he said Hello Ms. Karen I am Randy Atkins and I am a Mormon....I am just at a loss for words to say how much I admired Randy he never failed to ask about my parents and my family he was such a wonderful example of what mankind should be. I know you will miss him and my prayers go out to you and your family.

Capt Mike Getchell Crowley Maritme

September 22, 2011

Ms Edith and Amanda, I was so sorry to hear of Randy' passing this past week. We had a professional relationship for the better part of my 30 years with Crowley Maritime, but with Randy, it was more like I was a close friend or family member than a customer. The Jacksonnville maritime community lost a good friend this week. He will be sorely missed.

Nathan Jarvis

September 22, 2011

Randy was one of kindest, most sincere men I have ever known. You need only spend a few minutes with him and you would feel a strong connection with him. I have always appreciated his friendship and counsel. He will be missed but I know he is where Heavenly Father needs him.

Billy Howell

September 22, 2011

I was very saddened to hear the news about Randy. I've had the privlege to know him over forty years. He was a dear friend to me and Vicki (Newton) in our early courting and marriage. Vicki grew up around him and loved the Atkinson family dearly. The last time I saw Randy was at Vicki's funeral where he spoke. His testiomony of the Saviour and knowledge of the gospel always touched and strengthend me. His humble, meek spirit was a calming force in a world of calamity.

Edith and Amanda, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Randy knew and I know you'll meet again in a better place. My deepest sympathy,

Billy Howell

Roger Merrill

September 22, 2011

I was always amazed at the ability of Randy not only to remember individuals names, but to remember their families names and where in the country they came from. I always felt like he genuinly cared for me when speaking with him, as I am sure all did. We are less without him.

September 22, 2011

Randy, Thanks for your life example. It was wonderful to always be able to have a wonderful conversation with you. Your advice and experience were always wonderful to have. You will be missed here on Earth, but we know you are doing valuable things. The Lundberg family asks heavens blessings on your family at this heart breaking time. Blessings to all. Keith, Lisa, Torry and Jane Lundberg