Danny J. Atkins

August 11, 1947July 18, 2010

Danny Jean Atkins, 62, of 194 Highland Ridge Drive, Martinsville, died Sunday, July 18, 2010 at his home.

He was born in Leaksville, North Carolina, August 11, 1947 to Eldean Nickelston Atkins of Martinsville, and the late Warren J. Atkins.

Mr. Atkins was the owner and operator of Dan-Ven Billiards and Piedmont Signs. He worked with Good News Jail Ministry for 25 years and was an assistant Chaplain at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County. He was a member of The Church at Mercy Crossing where he served on the Church Council, was a Youth Leader, and held various other positions.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Gail Altizer Atkins of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Venus Atkins Williams and husband, Chris, of Martinsville; one son and daughter-in-law, Danny J. (D. J.) Atkins, Jr. and wife, Tiffany, of Martinsville; one sister and brother-in-law, Judy Atkins Boyd and husband, Ronnie, of Martinsville; eight grandchildren, Josh and Hailey Williams, Blaine Atkins, Graydon Atkins, Alex Atkins, Kelcey McCambridge, Brooke Grindstaff, and Blake McCloy, and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 21, 2010 from 5:00-7:30 P.M. at The Church at Mercy Crossing and other times at the residence. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 7:30 P.M. with Pastor Jackie Poe officiating. Interment will follow Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at Roselawn Burial Park.

Memorials may be made to Danny Atkins Second Chance Memorial Fund at Martinsville DuPont Credit Union, c/o Gail Atkins, PO Box 2158, Martinsville, VA 24113.

Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home, Martinsville Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 21, 2010
  • Visitation Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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Sherry Turnage

July 25, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you strength, peace and understanding in this time. I know God has a new Angel walking with him. God bless each of you.

Tom Starr

July 24, 2010

May God Bless!

Tom Starr

July 24, 2010

I never had the pleasure of meeting Danny; but, working with his son-in-law Chris Williams and his grandson Josh Williams I saw a strong Christian family who live each day doing the work that God has intended them to do; and, I know Danny Danny is smiling down on his entire family for continuing the legacy of peace and kindness to all that he built for them to carry on. Welcome Home Danny! We will be with you soon! May God Bless!

Paul and Sue Nickelston

July 23, 2010

We offer our sincere sympathy for Danny's passing...although it is a celebration fo him as he enters into God's kingdom...and he was a great servant for our Lord and Saviour...the missing of his physical presence is what we will have to adjust to...we love you all and pray for God's healing the void...God bless you all! Love Paul and Sue

Patti Jones

July 22, 2010

I'm so sorry for your loss and wish I could have been there to see you all again. May the Lord Jesus continue to bless and keep you and restore you to joy beyond understanding. I love you Gail

July 22, 2010

As a member of this community who grew up with Danny and his family, I am saddened to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful person. I know you are all heartbroken with the loss of your loved one, but always remember that he is waiting for you in place where you will never have to say goodbye again. God bless each of you as you grieve and heal from your loss.
Robin Compton Rigney

Robin Smith

July 22, 2010

My heart is at a loss to hear of Dannys passing. I am out of town and so sorry I cant be there to express my sympathies in person to the family. Danny was always such a joy when I did get to see him over the years, he will be truly missed and my prayers are with you & the family in comfort and in the celebration of knowing that God has gained another wonderful angel! Hope he and Daddy wont get into "much" angel mischief together! Please know you're in our thoughts!

With love ~ Robin Smith and children: Devyn Conner, Janlyn & Carrie Gauldin

Nancy Mayhorn

July 21, 2010

May God's love and comfort surround you and your family. My love and prayers go out to each of you.

Elsie Hodges & Becky Begarly

July 21, 2010

Gail, You have our deepest sympathy. We are sorry that we cannot be there for you during this difficult time. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Tammy Davis

July 20, 2010

Danny's love for everyone was a wonderful example of what God's love is all about. We will never forget the love and support he has shown to all of us. We appreciate him coming to see Aaron baptized and for coming to see Mom in the nursing home. Mom has always loved Danny and has always said he was her favorite nephew. His legacy lives on through his family; he loved every one of you. We will be praying for your peace and comfort in the days ahead. We love each and every one of you,