LaVance Clement Atkins

February 27, 1932November 15, 2013

LaVance Clement Atkins, 80, died Friday, November 15, 2013 at home in Rome, GA with Satchmo by her side. She was born February 27, 1932 in Kansas City, MO to Watson Clement and Nancy Bartram Clement. She was preceded in death by husband of 58 years, James William “Billy” Atkins, this past June.

She is survived by her children: a son, Bill Atkins and his wife, Janna Waters Atkins of Marietta, GA and a daughter, Nancy Atkins Bilek and her husband, Ed Bilek of Cincinnati, OH.

Her family will remember her most for her gentle, gracious nature, as well as, the love and dedication to her two children and her five grandchildren: Will, Barrett, and Anna Kate Atkins of Marietta, GA; Ethan Bilek of Cincinnati, OH and Darius Dalton of Atlanta. LaVance was also blessed with the loving care and devotion of Angie Hoyle and Christa Colding.

LaVance graduated from Rome High School and Georgia State College for Women (GSCW), now Georgia College and State University. She was a longtime member and scholarship essay judge for the Xavier Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. For over 60 years, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rome and a member of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class.

For many years, residents of Rome remember LaVance and her smile at the Aloha Restaurant that she and Billy owned and operated. However, she is most fondly remembered by her colleagues and students for the 35 years that she served at Darlington School as a teacher and librarian.

The funeral service will be held Monday, November 18, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Rome with the Rev. Anjie Peek Woodworth and the Rev. Larry Caywood officiating. A private interment will be in the Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the First United Methodist’s Wilder Family Life Center on Monday November 18, 2013, from 11 a.m. until the service hour.


  • Funeral Service Monday, November 18, 2013

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Rhonda Scoggins

November 19, 2013

I am one of LaVance's country cousins. Always enjoyed seeing her at cousin lunches that we used to have. She was nearer my sister's age. I always thought she was very sweet and attractive. I know each of you will miss her.

DeAnnA Crumley

November 19, 2013

She was a Teacher at Midway.When I went to Midway, she was always so sweet. She was never my Teacher, but I remember how nice she was and also strick, and that I liked in her, I will miss seeing her when I am out in town.But I know she is in a better place.She is an angle now, and with her Lord.

Danny Davis

November 19, 2013

I was also in Miss Clement's third grade class at South Rome Elementary. I'll submit a photo taken by my brother on the last day of the school year. That would have been in June 1955. Lynn is right. Miss Clement's students loved her. I recall often writing “I love you” on papers I handed in. It was certainly a happy year under the guidance of a kind, gentle, and caring teacher.

November 18, 2013

Lavance Atkins, Darlington Lower School Starting Faculty 1973-Thornwood Campus
Wonderful Days, Wonderful Memories, Wonderful Teacher. Blessing to Her Family. Herb Jones

Bill Atkins

November 18, 2013

Thank you for your kind words. It is great to hear from those whose lives she touched.

Lynn Ray

November 17, 2013

Miss Lavance Clements was my third grade teacher at South Rome school. I believe we were her first students and we loved her. She was so young and beautiful. Later she married Billy Atkins and became Mrs. Atkins. That marriage gave us another memory of her at the Aloha Restaurant. Still gracious and beautiful. And that's how I will always remember her.