James "Wiley" Atkinson

March 5, 1923August 5, 2012

James "Wiley" Atkinson (Colonel USAF, Retired) 89, of Port Orange, Florida, formerly of Little Rock, AR, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2012 after a courageous battle against cancer. He served with dedication and distinction in the United States Air Force as a Navigator Bombardier for 31 years. During this period he obtained his Master Navigator Wings and was awarded numerous medals and awards including, but not limited to, the Airman’s Medal, Air Combat Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal. Wiley was a member of the Spruce Creek Golf Course and Daytona Beach Golf Course MGAs and a volunteer for AARP Tax Preparers. He enjoyed life, loved his family and friends, and was a generous and charitable man, donating to numerous charities. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hunting, fishing, scuba diving and boating with family and friends. Wiley will be greatly missed by his wife, Ann Atkinson, children Olivia Cook and husband Donald of Hawkinsville, GA; Sue Atkinson and husband Tom Burk of Tulsa, OK; Jim Atkinson and wife Paula of Scarborough, ME, Tiffany Bigwitch and husband Bob of Palm Coast, FL; Tara Phillips and husband Rich of Wilton Mannors, FL; 10 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. A Memorial service in honor of Wiley will be held August 18, 2012 at Hope Lutheran Church 594 North Williamson Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 at 3:00 PM Arrangements are under the care and trust of Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, Port Orange, FL.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 18, 2012

James "Wiley" Atkinson

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Donna Ferguson

August 27, 2012

To my grandfather may you live on through our memories and in our hearts forevermore. Love Donna Ferguson (olivia's daughter), Brandon Ferguson (Great grand son) and Matthew Ferguson

August 16, 2012

I can't believe Wiley is gone.

Stephen Caffey

August 14, 2012

Rest in peace Uncle Wiley. We are very sad to learn of your passing but we know you are in a better place. May your spirit soar in the clouds.

The Caffey Family (Stephen, Tricia, Cheska, and Josh)

Kyle Atkinson

August 13, 2012

Very sad to hear about Uncle Wiley's passing. I will always appreciate his kind words and his patience with his grand-nephew. I recall his once handing me a "USAF Medal." It was an oak leaf insignia denoting his previous rank as a Major. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. My dad always told great stories about flying around the Arkansas delta in Wiley's plane. He will be missed, but I can think of no better place for a USAF officer than the skies.

August 13, 2012

i knew mr wiley(as every one called him) in mt. view arkansas. i have fished with him several times in the white river for rainbow trout. if you could catch them he could cook them. i belive he could cook trout better than any body i know. i am sure he will be missed. RIP mr wiley rick and barbara reeves jonesboro,ark

Rhonda Morgan

August 12, 2012

For Grandpa Wiley, Kristen & Kyle Cruse Chism

August 12, 2012

I only played a few rounds of golf with Wiley. We met thru a mutual friend and fellow golfer. After only a few holes,I knew I was in the company
a great man with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed by many
people.I am a better person for meeting him.
Hit them straight Wiley and stay out of those cloud traps.
Michael Hebert

Melissa Morgan

August 12, 2012

For Granpa Wiley,
Melissa,Michael,Matthew Morgan

Rhonda Morgan

August 12, 2012

Mr. A was a wonderful man. Our hearts were broken to hear of his passing. But can rejoice to know we will one day be together in Heaven.Our prayers that God's peace and comfort surround all his family and friends during this difficult time. Rev. Terry & Rhonda Morgan

August 12, 2012

My deepest sympathy to you all. May your hearts find peace and comfort in reading Ps 68:19,20 in this time of sorrow.