Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home

56 Northwest Blvd., Newton, NC


Melba Jean (Cannon) Atkinson

April 8, 1954May 20, 2020

Melba Jean Cannon Atkinson, age 66, of Newton, went home peacefully to live with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at her residence from an extended illness. Born April 8, 1954 in Valdese, NC, she was the daughter of the late Ralph James “Jim” Cannon and Betty Sue Cannon Cannon.

Melba was a stay at home mother, an Office Manager at Sunrise Appliance in Hickory and an Accounts Payable clerk at Newton Conover City Schools. She graduated from Hudson High School and Catawba Valley Community College. She was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover, where she taught Sunday School.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur A. “Alex” Atkinson of the home; a son, Robbie Atkinson and wife, Jennifer of Charlotte, NC; sisters, Brenda Killian and husband, Billy of Taylorsville, NC and Lorraine Burns and husband, Bill of Granite Falls, NC; brothers, Dennis Cannon and wife, Sherry of Taylorsville, NC and Donald Cannon of Granite Falls, NC; two grandsons, Liam and Brady Atkinson of Charlotte; and multiple nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Woodlawn Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Ed Yount officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Woodlawn Baptist Church, 440 7th Street Pl SW, Conover, NC 28613; Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658; Kidney Foundation, 933 Louise Ave, Suite 101B, Charlotte, NC 28204 or to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, NY 10016.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 30, 2020


Melba Jean (Cannon) Atkinson

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Melanie Elrod

May 27, 2020

I worked with Melba when she worked in the office at Newton-Conover City Schools. I remember her being very kind to all who worked there. She could also be so funny at times and we all shared a laugh with her. When Liam was born, she was so excited to have a grandchild. Thinking of you as you face this time now and in the days ahead.

Karen Austin Lambert

May 24, 2020

Condolences to the family of Melba . She was a kind lady in school . We graduated the same year. I know she will be missed

Nina Lambert Soots

May 24, 2020

This is very sad news. I graduated with her and have thought about her over the years. Please accept my sympathy.

Donald Cannon

May 23, 2020

I had to say goodbye to my sister Wednesday. I came across this picture the other day, and wanted to share it. Our parents would take us to the mountains a lot on Sunday after church, and this was at a picnic area. Melba loved the mountains.


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