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Norman Clay Atkins passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Norman was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Fredericksburg, where he remained for his lifetime. He served during World War II in the 34th Infantry Division from April 1943 until November 1945. His division was stationed in Italy and was actively involved in battles at Anzio Beachhead and Monte Casino, among others.
After returning home he was employed by the J.C. Penney Co., where he remained a loyal and dedicated employee until his retirement from a management position more than 40 years later.
Norman was an active member of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church for 70 years, the Masonic Lodge and the Lions Club of Fredericksburg. He generously devoted time to helping his family and neighbors.
Norman is survived by his daughter, Sharon Washington Kohler (Stewart); grandson Robert Wirt Washington IV; granddaughters Kathryn Lloyd Washington and Eleanor Washington Meyer (Joseph); great-grandchildren Helen Virginia, Emory Nolan and Joseph Bernardin Meyer; two sisters, Hilda Atkins Carneal and Pauline Atkins Hall; sisters-in-law Norvella Crow Atkins and Phyllis Link Atkins; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, John William Atkins and Gertrude Mills Atkins; brothers William Atkins and Jesse Atkins; and by his wife of 65 years, Anne Jacquelyn Burton Atkins.
A service will be held at
In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy in the form of donations to Fredericksburg United Methodist Church 308 Hanover St., Fredericksburg, Va 22401 or Fredericksburg Regional SPCA 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, Va 22401.
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