April 21, 1929 ‒ August 05, 2011
MANSFIELD – Charles Atkins was blessed with the gift of music. From an early age he could pick up an instrument – any instrument – and play it proficiently. He knew his ability was a gift from the Lord, so he often used his skills to bring glory to God: Charles loved to play the guitar or harmonica in worship.
Now present with the Lord, Charles has likely picked-up a heavenly instrument. He went to be with the Lord Friday afternoon August 5, 2011 in Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. He was 82.
Born April 21, 1929 in Hemphill, WV, to William R. and Isabelle (Gray) Atkins, Charles had lived in the Mansfield area most of life life. He served three years with the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman, stationed in the fledgling nation of Israel, protecting their very boundaries.
He had a strong work ethic, and in addition to working as a tool & die maker with Therm-O-Disc for more than 30 years, he always worked a second or even third job to provide well for his family.
Charles deeply loved his children and grandchildren, fiercely defended them, and was so proud of the people they had become. He would do anything for his family and loved using his carpentry skills to benefit them.
A former deputy marshall with the Lexington Police Department, Charles volunteered with Mansfield Christian School and Trail to Life Christian Camp near Greenwich. He was a founding member of Lexington Grace Brethren Church, and served on the church’s first building committee.
He is survived by his wife Dyann Atkins; his children the Rev. Dr. David C. & Joyce Atkins of Wooster, Daniel & Lori Atkins of Lexington, Laurie & Les Kanis of Ontario, Jane Atkins Hicks and her fiance Bruce Morrison of Smithville, and Luke Wheeler of Saluda, SC; grandchildren Joshua & Amber Atkins and Amanda & Jasper Amstutz all of Wooster, Tecca & Michal Puckett of Hartselle, AL, Bethanie Atkins, Allison Atkins and Angie & Tim Wirick all of Lexington, Aaron Finley of Mansfield, Kari Hicks, Casey Hicks and Anna Hicks all of Smithville; eight great grandchildren; his first wife Maryanna Atkins of Mansfield; a sister Roberta Bercaw of Lebanon; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers Curtis Atkins and James Atkins; and sisters Claudine Dye and Elizabeth Jones.
The Atkins family will receive friends Monday, August 8, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. In the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. His son David will officiate. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.
Contributions in his memory to Sending Hope International, a Christian orphanage and education ministry to Asia, may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Atkins family, and private condolences may be made to them online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com