GCS Director of Schools Passes Away

James Atkins

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. James Atkins.  He will be missed more than words can express.  Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


Dr. James Thomas Atkins, Jr., age 59, went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 27, 2022. He was devoted to his family and loved them more than life itself, especially his daughter Whitney and new granddaughter Carly. He was a member of Bethel Mission Baptist Church. He served as the Director of Schools for Grainger County.


He was preceded in death by his father, James Thomas Atkins and paternal and maternal grandparents.


He is survived by his daughter, Whitney (Chad) McElhaney; granddaughter, Carly McElhaney; mother, Linda Atkins; and brother, Jerry (Wilma) Atkins and a host of relatives and friends.


Graveside Services will be held Friday, April 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Atkins Cemetery in Broken Valley (Grainger County). Rev. Tim Collins and Rev. CH Dalton will be officiating the service.


Pallbearers: Vernon Coffey, Brett Coffey, Edwin Jarnagin, Daniel Bishop, Ryan McElhaney, and Patrick Collins.


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