OBITUARY

Larry Wayne Atkinson

October 21, 1947January 10, 2021
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Larry Wayne Atkinson of Etoile passed away on January 10, 2021 in Nacogdoches at the age of 73. He was born on October 21, 1947 in Nacogdoches to parents William and Atlee Atkinson.

After high school, Larry enlisted and served in The United States Marines. Upon his return to Etoile he began woodworking. Being known as avid woodworker, many of his crafts can be still be seen throughout Etoile. He retired from Etoile ISD as the head of the maintenance department. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Larry was known for helping people, and he spent many years as an EMT and firefighter at the Etoile Volunteer Fire Department. He also served on the Etoile Water Board.

Mr. Atkinson was preceded in death by his parents; and cousin, Richard “Dick” Lusk.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Atkinson; son, Jeffrey Atkinson; daughter, Crystal Sowell and husband Michael; grandchildren, Stephen Harris, Aerielle Atkinson and wife Leti Beau, Heather Harris, Cheryl Atkinson, Luna Sowell, Chloe Sowell, Rhett Gordon, and Kelsey Gordon; sister, B.J. Noble; cousins, Jan Lusk and Diane Morton Lowery; and many more nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 15, 2021, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home, 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. Graveside services will follow at 11:45 a.m. at Blue Springs Cemetery in Etoile officiated by Pastor Mark Green.

Serving as pallbearers will be Pacer Johnson, Andy Sanders, Ricky Burnaman, Ricky Stacks, Shane Amen, and Jody Lowery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

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Marty Cravy

January 15, 2021

For the family , I am truly sorry for your loss. I wanted so much to attend his memorial, but I was not well. What I will always remember about Larry was his effortless ability to make everyone laugh. I think he just wanted everyone to be as happy as he was.

Jesse Chapel

January 15, 2021

Etoile will miss his assistance and knowledge for years to come. I remember we poured concrete and sometimes it was early in the morning and sometimes it was all day and night. Going to miss him myself RIP cousin Larry Jesse Chapel and the Chapel family.

Mary Larke Godfrey

January 14, 2021

Larry was such a sweet man. When I would visit B J, he would walk over & visit. He made me 2 bird houses that B J & I painted. It will never be the same, when I visit B J not to see Larry. God bless him.

Cynthia Tippens Doucet

January 14, 2021

So sorry to hear of Mary's loss. I worked with Larry for 16 years in the Etoile VFD and he was a wonderful man. My son Aarron worked for a short time at Etoile School with Larry and he said it was wonderful. Larry will truly be missed in Etoile.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14

Wanda Kates

January 14, 2021

I will forever remember your smile and your laugh,love you uncle Larry my prayers are with you Aunt Mary

Glenn Holler

January 12, 2021

Dear Mary, family and friends.
I'm very sorry for your loss !
All of you are in my Thoughts and Prayers ...

Glenn. ( M. L. )

Tyler Texas

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