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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Farewell, Friend

Farewell, Friend. Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of 53-year-old William D. "Bill" Atkinson, who passed away on Monday, May 24. Bill and his brother, Garnett Jr., owned and operated Atkinson Towing, a family business in VA, for more than three generations. Here's his obituary from

William D. "Bill" Atkinson, born August 16, 1957, left this life on Monday, May 24, 2010.

Bill and his brother, Garnett Jr., owned and operated Atkinson Towing, a family business, for more than three generations. They had built the business up from a heavy-duty truck repair garage, to include towing, repossession operation, and U-Haul rentals, to needing to add an office manager, Michelle.

Bill loved drag racing and mud bogging. He and "the guys" just finished building a sand drag rail. He referred to Chris, who drives his orange mud truck that holds first place in several classes, as "that's my boy."

Bill also loved camping and spending time with his grandchildren.

He leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Linda M. Atkinson; three children, Steven D., Michelle L. and Chris Atkinson and his companion, Jennifer Brown; a daughter-in-law, Amy Atkinson; eight grandchildren, Alex, Christopher, Messiah, Tristan, Lamont, Halley, Jacob and Zackary; his mother, Jean Curtis; his brother, Garnett L. Atkinson Jr.; a niece, Gini Atkinson; a great-niece, Cadence Pomeroy; two great-nephews, Austin Atkinson and James G. Pomeroy; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Garnett L. Atkinson.

A memorial gathering will be held at noon Saturday, May 29, at Atkinson Towing, 5205 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 28, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.

Bill, we miss you. Rest in peace.

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