Charlie T. Atkinson, Jr.
Published 9:45 am Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Charlie T. Atkinson, Jr., 61, of Bainbridge, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2023.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at Cooks Union United Methodist Church with Pastor David Grubbs and Rev. Jean Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Oak City Cemetery with Don Paul, Alan Jenkins, Randy Baggerly, Daniel Roberts, Dee Alday, and Dargan Long serving as active pallbearers. Charlie’s grandsons and Tim Ray will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 1:00 until 1:45 pm, on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at Cooks Union UMC. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.bryantfuneralga.com. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Charles Thomas Atkinson, Jr. was born June 19, 1961, in Bainbridge, Ga., the son of Charles, Sr. and Mary Cowan Atkinson. He was a graduate of Seminole County High School, Class of 1979 and attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Charlie worked as an industrial welder for Danimer Scientific. He was a member of Bainbridge Country Club and First Church of The Nazarene.
Charlie could construct anything with metal. He was considered an artist and described as a “connoisseur of welding” sharing his treasures with family and friends. Charlie critiqued work during teachable moments, like when he was making necessary repairs, and always praised a job well done. He was a drummer, a die-hard Alabama fan, and enjoyed being on the water hunting or fishing. Family (defined as his children, his grands, his dogs, and his friends who were like family) meant the most providing opportunities for adventures, material for his stories, and memories lasting a lifetime.
Survivors include his wife of 8 years, Karol Godwin Atkinson; his mother, Mary Atkinson; his children, Farrah Williams (Zane) of Columbus, N.C., Corey Atkinson (Brandy), Ashley Godwin (Trisha), and Wesley Godwin (Ashley) all of Bainbridge; his grandchildren, Tyson, Briar, Damon, Tori, Caden, Rylan, Carter, Brayden, Weston, and Walker; his siblings, Danny Atkinson (Danna) of Houston, TX, and Stephanie Miller (Kevin) of Birmingham, Ala.; his adopted brother, Tim Ray (Kelly); his fur babies, Kace and Seba; and a host of nieces and nephews. Charlie was preceded in death by his father, Charles T. Atkinson, Sr.
Charlie lived for game day, so it is only fitting you don your favorite college football gear for the service at his family’s request.
Bryant Funeral Home, located at 105 N. Florida Street, is assisting the family with arrangements. (229-246-3321)