Dwayne and Mildred Atkins

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Dwayne Earl Atkins, 89, of Sanford, North Carolina, a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War, died Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Pinehurst, North Carolina. He was born April 5, 1929 in Columbus, Georgia. Raised in Bonifay, Florida, he is a son of a farmer, Aaron Curtis Atkins and Nellie Mae Sapp Atkins, and a 1962 graduate of Florida State University with a Master's degree in Business Administration. He was a lifelong member of the Assemblies of God, serving the Lord as Sunday School Superintendent for 60+ years in various churches across the country. Teaching children about Jesus was his passion. He was married to his church youth group sweetheart, Mildred Elizabeth Addison Atkins, on June 5, 1949, and they were married for 69 years. They spent their honeymoon in 1949 at Niagara Falls in Canada. It started with a hello as she saw him walking up the sidewalk to church in Panama City, Florida. They had a lifelong love story. Dwayne was an example of how a husband should honor and love his wife.

In addition to his parents, Dwayne was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Atkins and a sister, Louise Atkins.

He preceded her in death, and she followed him on Friday, June 1, 2018. Mildred, 87, of Sanford, North Carolina, was the first baby to be born the year Bay County was formed in Panama City, Florida to Ezra Amos Addison and Clyde Brookins Addison January 3, 1931. She is a 1949 graduate of Bay County High School. Mildred comes from a wonderful Assembly of God heritage. Her father Ezra Addison was, and her brother, Rev. Leslie Milford Addison, are retired Assembly of God pastors. Her sister Linda Mead and her husband Rev. James Ray Mead, and niece, Alicia Joy Addison Craft were Assembly of God missionaries.

Their final years were in North Carolina; however, they had lived in several cities in Florida, Illinois, Georgia, Wyoming, and Colorado.

They are survived by two daughters, Lisa Winkie and husband Billy Winkie of Sanford, North Carolina and Lora Middleton and husband Kevin Middleton of Athens, Georgia; three grandchildren, Alisa Winkie of California, Kaylee Atkins and fiancé Philip Jennings of Athens, Georgia and Kody Nixon and fiancé Crystal Weaver of Athens, Georgia. Dwayne is survived by one sister-in-law, Carolyn Atkins of George. Mildred is survived by one brother, Leslie Milford Addison and wife Joyce of Macon, Georgia, and two sisters, Mary Loyce France of Panama City, Florida and Janice Temples and her husband Ron Temples of Marietta, Georgia; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation was held from 6-8 PM last Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Miller-Boles Funeral Home in Sanford, North Carolina. The funeral services were held at 4:00 PM Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Hope Assembly of God Church with Pastor Greg Davenport and Pastor Ronnie Whitaker Jr. officiating. A graveside service was held at 10:00 AM Saturday, June 9, 2018, in the Live Oak Assembly of God Church Cemetery in Bonifay, Florida with Pastor Edwin Bell and Pastor Chuck Glass officiating. Peel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 20, 2018
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