Joseph W. Atkinson Jr.


Joseph (Joe) W. Atkinson Jr., 70, of Tucson, AZ formerly of Meigs and Ochlocknee, GA, died July 30, 2019 at the VA Medical Center in Tucson. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; Joseph Sr. and Katie Lou; sister, Neyrone Campbell; wife, Clarice Summerford Atkinson. He leaves behind a wife, Penelope (Penny) who he loved dearly; a precious daughter, Carol Lee (Russell) Heard of Bainbridge, GA; 2 sisters, Carolyn Stanaland of Pelham, GA, Agnes Peterman of Bradenton, FL; stepson, Jason (Marnie) Greggs of Tucson, AZ; 8 grandchildren all of Tucson; nieces and nephews.
Joe served in the United States Air Force. He was a graduate of the Georgia Police Academy and was a Pelham Policeman. Joe also worked as a Purchasing Agent for Anschultz Corp, a Heavy Equipment Operator, Fruit and Vegetable Inspector for Florida. He later graduated from Keiser College and owned Florida Computer Technology. Joe was a member of Meigs Baptist Church then NW Southern Baptist Church in Tucson.
The family is planning a small service and a festive fish fry for a later date in Georgia.
His cremated remains will be scattered along with his dog, Pearl's on the farm he was born and raised on. Joe says: John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave His only son, so everyone who believes in Him may not parish but have eternal life." Yes, even me!
In lieu of flowers Joe would like donations made to your church of choice in his memory.
Arrangements entrusted to Desert Sunset Funeral Home, 520-297-9007.
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Published on August 6, 2019
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Jan Doddridge
Aug 10, 2019
I feel your loss Carolee, not quite a year that I lost Dad. Remember all of the great times you had together, that helped me...I love you my girlie. Im always here for you...
Aug 09, 2019
Carollee, Sorry for your loss.Just have to remember your Dad lived a good life. And has even a better life now free of pain.Wallyann
Carol Lee Heard
Aug 07, 2019
Always your little girl. and watched over still from above.. Love you Daddy
Kim Griffin Cooper
Aug 07, 2019
So very sorry to hear this. Fly high with the angels Joe! You will be missed
Sharon Hickey
Aug 06, 2019
I am so very sorry. I hate to hear that. He was a big ole bear Mr. Joe. My Daddy loved him to pieces. Will be praying for ya'll. . Love ya'll!!!!
CAROLYN Stanaland
Aug 06, 2019
Fly high, go in peace and love, your sister, Carolyn Stanaland and family