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John Atkinson

John MacDonald Atkinson

Saturday, October 27th, 1934 - Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
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Obituary

On October 1, 2019, John Atkinson passed away peacefully at the age of 84.

John was born on October 27, 1934 in Shawsville, Virginia to William Bane and Claudine Atkinson. He attended Roanoke College and received a Bachelor’s degree from University of Richmond. He was a practicing CPA for over 60 years. He was married to his soulmate Debbie, had three children and two step children all of whom he adored.

Johnny was raised in the Shenandoah Valley and had a deep love of the state, its history and its beauty. He spent his entire life in the state helping others and his communities. He gave his time and talents chairing numerous organizations including Rotary Club, Prince William Hospital, Chamber of Commerce and Historic Manassas. He established an academic scholarship at Roanoke College and also supported numerous initiatives with Wintergreen Resort.

He was a founding member and President of Evergreen Country Club, and spent much of his life with a golf club in his hand. Whether it was teaching his family, sharing that passion with friends and loved ones or playing as many different courses as he could, his mind was never far from the game. His five hole-in-ones can attest to his love and tenacity with the sport.

Johnny also had an insatiable curiosity for Civil War history. So much so, he spent eight summers taking courses which took him and his wife across the entire state visiting every Virginia battlefield. He often commented how much Debbie must love him to be his sidekick during those day-long excursions.

Johnny’s ability to connect with all he met through his empathy, sense of humor and genuineness will continue through all those he touched.

Johnny was preceded in death by his mother Claudine, father William Bane Sr., and brother William Bane Jr. He is survived by his wife Debbie, children Bruce (Cathy), Leslie (Rita) and Brett, stepchildren Jason and Paige and grandchildren Bobby, Grant and Claire.

The family will be celebrating his life this Saturday, October 5th at Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Road, Manassas, VA. Visitation is at 10am with service at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Alzheimers Association.

Please sign the guestbook at www.bakerpostfh.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Grace United Methodist Church
    Address
    9750 Wellington Road
    Manassas, VA
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Grace United Methodist Church
    Address
    9750 Wellington Road
    Manassas, VA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Dale (Potts) Jepson

Posted at 02:14pm
Leslie and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. It sounds as if your dad was a very special man. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very sad and difficult time.

RH

Rob Heltzel

Posted at 07:50am
I first met Johnny as a middle school boy many years ago. Over the years of my career in Manassas I was lucky to work with him on various projects and transactions with is clients. He was a kind and caring man, and a big help to me when I started in business in 1981 and knew very little about accounting - he was always there to answer a question or share his guidance. My thoughts and prayers go out to Debbie, Bruce and the entire family. Manassas lost another good man from his generation this week, he will be missed
TM

TERRY MORGAN

Posted at 11:39am
While I didn't know Johnny, I know his son Bruce. Bruce is a man of great character and kindness and I am sure he learned this through a great upbringing with loving parents. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Atkinson family at this difficult time.
HS

Heartfelt Sympathies Store

Posted at 08:14am
Heartfelt Condolences - our thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and the family. Barry and Linda Wright
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Mary Finnigan

Posted at 09:57pm
Johnny was a true Virginia gentleman, a class act. This world needs more Johnny's.

Hugs and prayers to Debbie and the entire family.

Rest in peace, dear friend.

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