OBITUARY

Edward Noah Atchley

March 27, 1935April 19, 2016
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Edward Noah Atchley, aged 81 of Knoxville, TN, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, April 19, in Houston, TX, surrounded by family. After battling lung cancer for nearly a year, he succumbed to pneumonia. Ed was born in Knoxville, TN, on March 27, 1935, to Curtis and Alma (Wells) Atchley. Ed was married to Vicki Felker on May 24, 2003, in the US Virgin Islands. Ed graduated from Young High and he attended the University of Tennessee, where he became a lifelong fan of the Volunteers. Game days were all-day affairs from tailgating before the game, the game itself, and even more tailgating after the game. Ed loved boating and worked his whole life in the marine industry. He worked for a marine engine company and then operated a marina in St. Pete Beach, FL, before joining Cobia Boats, at which he eventually became the President and part owner. He loved offshore fishing and that love grew even more after acquiring Robalo Boats. He always looked forward to the annual Robalo Owners’ Tournament held in the Florida Keys or in Bimini, Bahamas. After selling Cobia and a brief retirement, he went back to work in the industry joining the American Boatbuilders Association, which allowed him to stay active in the industry he loved and in contact with his many friends. Ed is survived by his wife Vicki, his children Terri Atchley (Shon) LeGette, Scott (Kate), and Dean (Elena), his step-daughter Stacey (John Paul) Williamson, his grand-children Jordan, Jada, Lilly, Anjelika, Sam, and Dillan, his step-grandchildren William and Tristan, and his brothers Ben (Sue), Bob (Joyce), and Blaine (Carol). Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Alma, and his brother, Jack. Funeral services will be held at Berry Highland West at 9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN, on Saturday, April 30, at 5 pm with visitation from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. The entombment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MD Anderson at https://goo.gl/lkBvKP. The family would like to thank the staffs of TN Cancer Specialists, Thompson Cancer Survival Center, and especially MD Anderson for their dedicated care of Ed and support of Vicki while they were in Houston. Condolences may be offered at www.berryhighlandwest.com

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • Committal Service Sunday, May 1, 2016
REMEMBERING

Edward Noah Atchley

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Your Wife Vicki

May 26, 2016

I miss you so much. My body is a empty shell with a heart that is totally shattered. We had a great life together. You were so good to me. I have so many beautiful memories. We or maybe I did not realize how sick you were. I will never forget when you told me in your hospital room, that you were dying. I told you, "It was ok for you to go, I Love You, and we would see each other again in heaven." I will always love you. Your Wife, Vicki

Donald C. Cofffman

May 15, 2016

Thanks to Ed I was provided with a job for 24 years with Cobia Boat Co. in Sanford, Fl. for which I am most appreciative. He was a kind and fair employer for whom I had much respect. I will always remember him and his wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will never forget my experience with his company.

Tom King Funeral Director

April 30, 2016

Vicki and family, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family during the past weeks. Thank you for allowing me to help you make his final arrangements. It was an honor and privilege.

April 30, 2016

Ed's family, We were sorry to learn of Ed's illness and now his passing. We had the privilege of meeting Ed and Vicki while tailgating with the Atchley Family at football games. Those five brothers were the example for all who knew them of what "family" means. Vicki, Maxine and I will always be grateful for the kindness and generosity you and Ed bestowed on us during those fun times. We will be keeping you and the family in our prayers. Danny and Maxine, Knoxville TN

April 29, 2016

Eddie was a friend of ours in high school at young h.s.he was a very good business man and liked by every one who knew him. May god bless his family during this time of grief. Friends, Kay and Leroy clark. Knoxville tn.

Laura Martin

April 29, 2016

Tom, the girls, and I will be thinking of you tomorrow. Ed will be missed. He was a good man.

Margaret Reed Thomas

April 26, 2016

So sorry for your loss. Eddie and I were classmates at Young High he will be missed.

Gina Scates- Reynolds

April 26, 2016

Lifting prayers of strength and peace for your family. Deepest condolences.

Margaret Reed Thomas

April 26, 2016

So sorry for your loss. Eddie and I were classmates at Young High he will be missed.

Greg weston

April 26, 2016

Ed was a friend and boss for more than 20 years . I live in the USA because of Ed what a generous person he was to me. He treated me like part of the family and was such a genuine great man.I owe a 25 year career in the marine industry to Ed and to this day can still remember many of the things he taught me. More than a career he gave me chance to live and work in this great country now my home for more than 30 years. Wow Ed thank you so much.

Biography

Edward Noah Atchley, aged 81 of Knoxville, TN, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, April 19, in Houston, TX, surrounded by family. After battling lung cancer for nearly a year, he succumbed to pneumonia. Ed was born in Knoxville, TN, on March 27, 1935, to Curtis and Alma (Wells) Atchley. Ed was married to Vicki Felker on May 24, 2003, in the US Virgin Islands. Ed graduated from Young High and he attended the University of Tennessee, where he became a lifelong fan of the Volunteers. Game days were all-day affairs from tailgating before the game, the game itself, and even more tailgating after the game. Ed loved boating and worked his whole life in the marine industry. He worked for a marine engine company and then operated a marina in St. Pete Beach, FL, before joining Cobia Boats, at which he eventually became the President and part owner. He loved offshore fishing and that love grew even more after acquiring Robalo Boats. He always looked forward to the annual Robalo Owners’ Tournament held in the Florida Keys or in Bimini, Bahamas. After selling Cobia and a brief retirement, he went back to work in the industry joining the American Boatbuilders Association, which allowed him to stay active in the industry he loved and in contact with his many friends. Ed is survived by his wife Vicki, his children Terri Atchley (Shon) LeGette, Scott (Kate), and Dean (Elena), his step-daughter Stacey (John Paul) Williamson, his grand-children Jordan, Jada, Lilly, Anjelika, Sam, and Dillan, his step-grandchildren William and Tristan, and his brothers Ben (Sue), Bob (Joyce), and Blaine (Carol). Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Alma, and his brother, Jack. Funeral services will be held at Berry Highland West at 9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN, on Saturday, April 30, at 5 pm with visitation from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. The entombment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MD Anderson at https://goo.gl/lkBvKP. The family would like to thank the staffs of TN Cancer Specialists, Thompson Cancer Survival Center, and especially MD Anderson for their dedicated care of Ed and support of Vicki while they were in Houston. Condolences may be offered at www.berryhighlandwest.com