Verna Leon Atkins
Mr. Verna Leon Atkins, 86, of Columbus, Mississippi passed away March 27, 2009, at The Arrington Assisted Living Home. Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Chandler Funeral Home in Vernon, AL, with Brother David Wood officiating. Burial will follow at Furnace Hill Cemetery in Vernon, AL. Visitation will be for two hours prior to services at the funeral home. Mr. Atkins was born October 4, 1922, in Vernon, AL, to the late Bradley and Alma Atkins. He retired from the United States Navy with over 20 years of service. 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 Corbell Atkins; brothers, Paul Atkins, Danny Atkins; sister, Juanita Lipton; grandson, Jason Kemp Merchant; great-grandchildren, Colton Pierce Merchant and Reagan Elizabeth Merchant. Pallbearers will be Gene Corbell, Bobby Berry, Wayne Berry, Anthony Atkins, Gary Pharo, Glenn Rickman, Don Rickman, and John Coggins, Jr. Memorials may be made to New Salem Baptist Church Building Fund at 7086 Wolfe Rd., Columbus, Mississippi, 39705.