Sterling Oliver Atkins Sr.

Sterling Oliver Atkins Sr., 88, of Hamburg passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017. Mr. Atkins was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg. He was a 1947 graduate of Hamburg High School.
Mr. Atkins began working as an electrician for the Crossett Company in 1949 and retired from the Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1979. He joined the Hamburg First United Methodist Church in 1955 and was a 1950s Gold Club member.
A 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Promise Land Masonic Lodge #652, he was a dedicated Shriner and provided transportation and assistance to any child and family needing the Shriners Hospital services. Mr. Atkins was an outdoorsman and an avid hunter. Quail, coon and deer hunting were his favorites.  He will be remembered for his love of telling stories and jokes, his sense of humor and his positive outlook on life, no matter the current circumstances.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Jettie Mae Atkins; a son, Sterling “Bubba” Atkins Jr.; a grandson, Neal Faulk; his parents, William Clark and Annie Lou Carpenter Atkins; two brothers, W.C. “Buddy” Atkins and James Roy “Jimmy” Atkins; and three sisters, Delle Grantham, Inez Watkins and Mary Essie Bawcom.
He is survived by two daughters, Karen (James) Kelley of McGehee and J. Gail Faulk of Hamburg; five grandchildren, Krista (Carlton “Stoney”) Fortenberry, Layton (Gina) Kelley, Meghan Gulledge, Anna Faulk and Lindsey Atkins; and 11 great-grandchildren, Kelley, Drew, Tyce, Caroline, Maggie, Gavin, Lola, Bronx, Emma, Olivia and Bentlee.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Hamburg First United Methodist Church with burial in Pinewood Memorial Park. Visitation was 2-3 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Hamburg First United Methodist Church Children’s Department, 202 South Main Street, Hamburg 71646 or to the Sahara Shriners, Hospital Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 6226, Pine Bluff 71611. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.
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