Richard Atkinson — Papa to Austin, Dad to Wendy and husband to Linda — passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013. He was 68. Richard was a four-year Navy veteran, having served on a minesweeper in the Mediterranean. He spent several years as the program director and morning disc jockey at WDRM-Fm in Decatur. He coached Dixie girls softball in Decatur for several years. After Richard retired from a 27-year career with General Electric in Decatur as a production control specialist, he and Linda began to travel, their lifelong dream. Richard volunteered many hours with Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy in support of local efforts to keep Smith Lake beautiful. He volunteered with Linda in the church library at Meek Baptist Church.
A memorial service in honor of his life will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Meek in Arley. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. service.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Meek Baptist Church building fund or any local animal shelter.
Shelton Funeral Home, Decatur; 256-353-1620