Eddie Tyree Atkins Jr.

Published 9:40 am Tuesday, May 8, 2018

U.S. Veteran Eddie Tyree Atkins Jr., 75 of Lexington, died on Tuesday evening at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the residence on Hicks Road, Lexington.

He was born in Carteret County on July 21, 1942 to Eddie Tyree Atkins Sr. and Cassie Dancy Atkins. He spent his early childhood in Reynolda Village where his family lived. He was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Northwest High School and soon after graduation he joined the U.S. Army. Showing his love for his country, he was a true patriot and showed his love by flying the United States Flag every day. He was a kind, unselfish, strong and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was committed to them. He loved life, sports, reading and showing generosity to his community.

Survivors: his wife, Evelyn Boyd Atkins; daughter, Nancy Morris (Randy); sons, David Atkins (Susan), Kenneth Atkins (Sara); grandchildren, Kenny, Blakeley, Bella and Andrew; sister, Sandra Jones (Ronnie) and other family members and close friends.

He had a caring and loving relationship with Michiko Atkins, the wife of his youth and the mother of his children.His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Memorials: The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box, 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517; or a charity of choice.