Marshall Lee Atkins Sr.

Published 11:06 am Friday, August 28, 2015

Marshall Lee Atkins Sr. of Vicksburg died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Belmont Gardens. He was 89.

Mr. Atkins was the son of the late Spencer Wyatt and Daisy Marshall Atkins of Louisiana. He was a veteran, serving in the United States Navy, and graduated from LSU in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.

He was married to the late Joyce Logue Atkins for 62 years. He was employed with the Illinois Central Railroad for 20 years, and retired from McHann Railroad Contractors.

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After his retirement, M.L. and Joyce founded Atkins Railroad Consulting Co. and traveled the country providing their consulting services to the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Atkins was an active member of Hawkins United Methodist Church.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Marshall Lee Atkins Jr.; one brother, Bill Atkins; and an aunt and uncle, Rogers and Oma Dodson.

Survivors include his daughter, Nancy Atkins Renfroe (Keith) of Vicksburg; a son, Robert Lee “Bob” Atkins (Barbara) of Madison; four grandchildren, Lindsey Atkins Smith (Brant), Leslie Renfroe Dill (Michael), Brad Atkins and Daniel Renfroe; two great-grandchildren, Olivia Dill, Beckett Smith; one brother, Spencer Wyatt Atkins, Jr. (Jodie).

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. Susannah Carr officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Renfroe, Brad Atkins, Emmette Myers, Brant Smith, Michael Dill and Matthew Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be the Becomers Sunday School Class of Hawkins United Methodist Church, Dr. Murray Whitaker, Dr. Daniel Edney, Dr. Sam Pierce, R.A. Logue and  Oscar Barnes.

Memorials may be made to Hawkins United Methodist Church, Warren County Habitat for Humanity or Good Shepherd Community Center.

The family would like to thank the staff of Belmont Gardens for their loving care.