Rev. John Atkins
Rev. John William (Bill) Atkins, 83, of Salem went to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 10, 2016. John was born March 20, 1933 to the late Clarence and Mary Atkins. He was the former pastor of Wabun Baptist Church and retired pastor from Southside Baptist Church in 2013 having preached for 53 years. Bill was a former employee of Rowe furniture as well as different upholstery shops in the area. He was a faithful man of God who stood firmly on the truth, He led many people to salvation through his preaching of God’s word. He had a strong desire for missions. One of his greatest desires was for his family to come to salvation. Bill had a great sense of humor and enjoyed visiting and being with people. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing ball with his grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his wife, whom he loved, Barbara Atkins of 58 years; as well as five brothers. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Teresa Atkins Walters; brothers, Ronnie Atkins and wife, Diane and Paul Atkins and wife, Jean; sister, Barbara; four grandchildren, Emerson W. Schoonover, III and wife, Christie, Scott Adam Schoonover and wife, Amy, April Dawn Walters Santos and fiancé, Randy Robbins, II, and Joshua (Josh) Neil Walters; six great-grandchildren, Taylor Schoonover, Christopher Diego Walters, Gabriella Schoonover, Emma Schoonover, Gavin Schoonover, and Jayden Alley; and loving caregiver, Ashley Nichole Hall. A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2016 at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the funeral home. An interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. Online condolences may be expressed at www.johnmoakey.com. The Atkins family is being served by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, Salem, 540-389-5441.