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Woody Funeral Home Huguenot Chapel

1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA

OBITUARY

Donald Jerome Atkins Sr.

June 20, 1947October 27, 2019

Atkins, Donald Jerome (Donny), 72, of Midlothian VA passed away on Sunday October 27th, 2019. He is survived by his wife Sylvia Gargano Atkins (Lynn), son Donald Jerome Atkins Jr. (Donny Jr.), daughter Kimberly Atkins McComb, son in law John Patrick McComb, and brother Roger Judson Atkins, Sr. Pop Pop proudly leaves behind his most precious grandchildren, Connor Patrick McComb, Judson Carter Atkins, Reilly John McComb, Clara Paige McComb, Holton Garcia Atkins, and Benjamin Ryman Atkins. He was preceded in death by his parents Roger Carter Atkins and Ruby Parsons Atkins. Donny grew up on a dairy farm in Cullen, VA where he learned the value of hard work and most important compassion for others from his father. He moved to Norfolk, VA, after college to begin an illustrious banking career where he fell in love at first site with his wife of almost 50 years. A natural leader, Donny held many leadership positions in both community and professional organizations. He was most proud of his ability to keep his work “family” intact and together through many sales and mergers, and retired from Bank of America in 1999 as an Executive Vice President and National Servicing Director of their entire mortgage operation. After an early retirement, Donny founded a small consulting firm but truly refocused his life on his family, and was most proud of his 6 grandchildren. He stayed active golfing, fishing, boating and most recently camping, but there was not a single baseball or basketball game, or dance recital that you didn’t see Pop Pop on the sidelines rooting on his pride and joy. Donny had many friends that he loved and supported but none were more special than his golf buddies and high school friends (aka ROMEO group) who you could find regularly having lunch at Extra Billy’s in Midlothian. He will always be remembered to his friends and family as the most considerate, compassionate and understanding man one could have the pleasure to meet. After a six month battle with Endocarditis, he passed peacefully with his loving bride by his side. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association in Donny’s memory.

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Dwight Paulett

November 10, 2019

We all miss Donny greatly...Thursday is our "ROMEO" lunch day and there will be a void in our group without him, an empty chair at the table. Donny always had some story to tell when we'd get together and there were many good memories. I've known him since before high school but he would always refer to me as his bus driver. He may be gone but those memories will last us a life time. Our deepest sympathy to Lynn and the family. God Bless.
Sincerely,
Dwight Paulett

Tom and Harriet Ashby

November 9, 2019

To Lynn and family,

As a 1965 classmate with Donny at Randolph Henry High School in Charlotte County, we all will miss him at our yearly luncheons, reunions, and the monthly lunch dates that the guys enjoyed being together. His presence will be missed but he will always be remembered.

May God bless all of us as we deal with his leaving us but we know he gave it his all.

Thoughts of you and prayers for you and your family will continue and may it help to know we truly care and we will treasure the memories of Donny in our lives.

Sincerely,
Harriet

Lynn Atkins

November 3, 2019

To my two precious children and grandchildren just have to let the world know how much your daddy and pop loved you and was so very proud. Everything he did was for us. In his honor love your life and each other.

Love, mom

Carol Parsons

October 30, 2019

Dear Lynn, little Donny, Kimberly and family,

We were very saddened to hear about the passing of big Donny. He was such a special person. We were touched by the beautiful obituary. Donny was a very winsome and caring person, full of good humor with the gift of story telling. We remember him fondly thinking about seeing him in Richmond while visiting our beloved aunts, Mary and Jean or seeing him in "the country" while visiting our great Aunt Mary and Ruby. We also recall having fun watching Jean's 8mm silent movies of Donny and Roger when they were boys and some fun days at the State Fair. Mary and Jean just loved Donny and all his family. We are especially thankful for all that both Donny and Lynn did to help Mary and Jean over the years. And we will always be grateful to Donny for stepping in to help us support Jean through some very tough times in her later years. Our hearts go out to the family for their great loss.
Love,
Linda, Ann, Mitchell, Carol, Kay (and Frances too :-))

Gerry Collins

October 29, 2019

Kimberly, John, and Family

I am so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I know words are of little comfort right now but please accept my heartfelt condolences.

I know your Dad has been suffering of late so hopefully knowing he is at peace provides you some solace as you grieve.

Sincerely,
Gerry Collins

Darry Race

October 29, 2019

Just a long lost friend who is sorry to hear about your loss. Hope you all are doing as well as can be expected. Just wanted you to know I was thinking of you.

Donny Atkins

October 29, 2019

Friends and family we have decided to forgo a funeral service for dad. Please continue to share memories and stories and know that we appreciate all the kind words.

Donny Atkins Jr

October 29, 2019

Friends and family — we decided to forgo a funeral for Dad at this time. We have a small celebration for our immediate family and cremation planned. Please feel free to leave your memories and stories here as they are helping us deal with our loss.

Kerry Power

October 28, 2019

I know how much he will be missed by his family. He was such a wonderful supporter of those beautiful grandchildren and their interests. I will always remember the times on Otterdale and Salisbury and he was always in his tv/office room watching TV until the renovation was finished. Then he was a fixture downstairs working on his computer . It’s so hard to imagine him not there anymore. I loved when he would come to moms with Lynn on Halloween and we would all have spirited chatter about, well, anything!!! All of those beautiful pieces of furniture he made! So many memories with Donny. I couldn’t be more sad for your loss. However too soon, we are all grateful he is no longer sick and at peace in heaven. He loved you all more than you will ever know. Love you always Lynn, Donny, Kimberly and your families.

Trevor Snead

October 28, 2019

Donald was a great man , his grandson Connor introduced me to him about 5 years ago at our first basketball game of the season. From then on he showed up to every game and took pictures of us on the team and tried each and every game to tell me “don’t be afraid to shoot the ball” and it ended up working. Although I wish I could have known him longer, I will always cherish the memories I have of him, Rest In Peace to one of the greatest men on this earth.

FROM THE FAMILY