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Mrs. Sharon McMahen Atkinson

April 18, 2021
Sharon M. Atkinson was born September 28, 1945, in Lakeland, Fla. Later with her family they moved to Panama City, Fla. In 1954, she moved to Huntsville, Ala. where she went to 5th Ave. School and later, Huntsville High School. She was in the band and Mu Alpha Theta. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She graduated from Huntsville High in 1963. Following high school, she attended Birmingham-Southern College and was a member of Delta Zeta sorority. She graduated December 15, 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in Math. Three days later, on Dec. 18, 1966, she married the love of her life, Rev. Jack G. Atkinson, at Trinity United Methodist Church.

She and Jack moved to Atlanta where he was enrolled at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Following his finishing his Master of Divinity and Master in Christian Education they moved to Tuscaloosa, Ala. In 1975 they moved to South Georgia where Jack served in various churches until retirement in 2008. They bought a home and moved to Adel, Ga. where they have lived for 18 years. During their lifetime of moving for ministry, Sharon taught high school math for 32½ years. She was well loved for her support of Jack but also for her personal love of the Lord and her generous heart. Her purpose, as she proclaimed it, was to “love the Lord and help others,” and that she truly did.

Sharon was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who loved her family, friends and her church. Sharon was married to Jack for over 54 years, before becoming ill. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Jack G. Atkinson, daughter Helen Virginia “Gina” Bowles (Matthew), son Jack, Jr. “Jay” (Angel), grandchildren Jennie Beth Prinkey, Maggie Mae Prinkey, Eve Atkinson, Jachin Atkinson, and Zoe Atkinson. She is predeceased by granddaughter Terri Ann Prinkey.

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