George H. Atkinson, 101, a former Parsons resident, died on Dec. 22, 2020, in Cedar Park, Texas, where he had lived the past 10 years.
He was born July 3, 1919, at Sour Lake, Texas, to George Henry Atkinson Sr. and Sadie (Boulden) Atkinson. He grew up in Texas and Louisiana. At the age of 16 he was accepted at the University of Texas to study pharmacy and played in the university band.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and taught engine mechanics to young pilots.
He spent most of his adult life working for oil companies and traveled the United States to retrieve items from deep oil wells.
In the 1990s George and his wife, Hazel, moved to Parsons. She preceded him in death on Sept. 25, 1997. To keep busy in retirement, he bagged groceries at the supermarket just west of the underpass in Parsons for 15 years.
George was a devoted Christian and faithful member of First Baptist Church of Parsons, where he taught the Friendship Sunday School class many years. He was an avid reader and in later years learned new technology and used his computer to develop his mind. He greatly enjoyed his frequent meals at C.J.’s Diner in Parsons.
He is survived by a son, George Henry Atkinson III; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel; a daughter, Barbara Janice Atkinson; and his sister, Evelyn Conway.
The memorial service for George will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home, with Travis Ball officiating. Inurnment will be next to his wife at Memorial Park Cemetery in Chanute.