We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8.
Robert William Atkinson, 87, of Raleigh went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 6, 2013. Bill was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland to the late Robert William and Helen Whiteside Atkinson.
Bill was a member of the Air Raid Precautions in Belfast during WWII. Bill was a Professional Mechanical engineer and travelled the world directing Power Plant and Mining/Metallurgical Projects. After moving to Raleigh, Bill became director of Prison Ministry at North Ridge Bible Chapel, taught adult Bible study and Bible messages at Springmoor and at Litchford Falls Health and Rehab.
Bill is survived by: his loving wife, Audrey Mae Atkinson; his sons, Paul M. Atkinson (Dolly), of Austin, TX, William J. Atkinson (Sandy), of Manteo, NC, and Mark G. Atkinson (Bobbi), of Raleigh, NC; his grandchildren, Heather Anne Atkinson, Rob Atkinson, Caroline Atkinson, and Lauren Jackson; and his brother, Dr. Ronald J. Atkinson.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Helen Stewart, Anne Atkinson, and Jack Atkinson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Carolina Prison Ministry at North Ridge Bible Chapel.
His family will receive friends Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh NC 27609. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm at North Ridge Bible Chapel, 7100 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.BrownWynne.com