March 28, 2009
Verna Leon Atkins, 86, died March 27, 2009, at Arrington Assisted Living Home. Services are today at 3 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home with David Woods officiating. Burial will follow at Furnace Hill Cemetery. Visitation is today at 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Mr. Atkins was born Oct. 4, 1922, in Vernon, Ala., to the late Bradley and Alma Atkins. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served as a electrician chief. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Atkins Merchant; brother, Noel Atkins, and sister, Elizabeth Atkins Pharo. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Atkins of Columbus; brothers, Paul and Danny Atkins; sister, Juanita Lipton; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.