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Derrell Atkins, 88, of Waldo passed away Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Community Compassion Center in Magnolia.

Derrell was born on June 7, 1931 in Rosston to the late Dowis Clement and Gertie Hester (Edwards) Atkins. He served as a Private First Class radio operator in the United States Army from 1952-54 during the Korean War. He served as a teacher, Coach, and administrator with the public school systems in Tillar and in Stamps where he retired in 1987.

He was a longtime and faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Waldo, when they closed, he transferred his membership to the First United Methodist Church in Magnolia where he continued his faithful service. He was a member of the American Legion Post #3. He was an avid basketball player and was on the Waldo High School Basketball Team that won the 1949 State Championship. He enjoyed playing tennis and loved the family trips to the cabin in Rosston.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers D.C. Atkins, Jr. and Donald Atkins. Derrell is survived by his wife Anna Meade (Sims) Atkins of Waldo; children Eddie Atkins (Janice) of Hot Springs, Todd Atkins (Gina) of Magnolia, Brett Atkins of Waldo, Kelley Atkins of Germantown, Tenn., Julie Linder of Waldo, and Jennie Atkins of Hurst, Texas; brothers Gerald Atkins (Betty) of Hot Springs Village and Kenny Atkins of Little Rock; sister Syble Fincher of Ogden, Utah; grandchildren Derrell Atkins and Bradley Atkins of Magnolia, Blake Atkins and Brady Atkins of Germantown, Tenn., Mallory Linder of Walls, Miss., Betsy Mitchael (Jake) of Fayetteville, Cassidy Atkins of Boulder, Colo., Roxanne Atkins of Magnolia, and Cheryl Walton (Jeremy) of Baton Rouge, La.; great grandchildren Ian Cantrell and Adalyn Cantrell of Walls, Miss., and Elsie Mitchael of Fayetteville.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Lewis Chapel with Bro. David Watkins officiating. Burial will follow at the Shiloh Cemetery in the Lamartine community in Waldo under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be his sons and grandsons.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Shiloh Cemetery, 1650 Columbia Rd 41, Waldo 71770.

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