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 John Baxter Atkins, Jr

John Baxter Atkins, Jr

Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 6 Apr 1978 (aged 53)
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
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Obituary from the Shreveport Times newspaper, April 7, 1978, Friday, p. 14-A:

Funeral rites this afternoon for J. B. Atkins

Funeral services for John B. Atkins, Jr., 53, of 126 Centenary Circle, well-known Shreveport businessman and civic leader, will be held at 4 p.m. today in the First United Methodist Church of Shreveport. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery.

Mr. Atkins was found dead Thursday at his residence. Caddo Parish Coroner Dr. Robert Braswell ruled Mr. Atkins died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mr. Atkins was a partner in Atco Investment Co., a member of the board of directors of Commercial National Bank and engaged in business related to the oil and gas industry, real estate and farming, as well as general business.

He was the first king of Holiday-in-Dixie in 1949 and was one of the leaders in bringing the World Football League to Shreveport. He was chairman of the board of the Shreveport Steamer World Football League team in 1975.

The Shreveport native attended Washington and Lee University, Louisiana State University and graduated from Centenary College with a B.S. degree in commerce in 1947, He has remained active in Centenary affairs serving as a member of the board of trustees and as member of the executive, finance, endowment and investment, athletics and physical education committees. In addition he was chairman of the 1964 Centenary College Development campaign. In 1976 he was named to the Alumni Hall of Fame.

At First United Methodist Church Mr. Atkins was a member of the administrative board and the commission on stewardship and finance. He was active in the church capital funds drive.

His other civic activities included serving as president of the Shreveport Junior Chamber of Commerce, as a director of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce; as co-chairman of the United Way through the years; and as a YMCA drive campaign worker.

His memberships included the Petroleum Club of Shreveport; the Shreveport Country Club of which he was a former president; the Shreveport Club; the Eldorado Country Club of Palm Desert, Calif.; the Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and the Petroleum Club in Houston.

Mr. Atkins served as a bombardier with the 15th Air Force in Italy from 1943 to 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Tomlinson Atkins; two sons, Gordon Edward Atkins and John Baxter Atkins III, of Shreveport; four daughters, Lila Lorayn Atkins and Caroline Calder Atkins, of Baton Rouge, Martha Elizabeth Atkins and Deborah Tomlinson Atkins, of Shreveport; a brother, William J. Atkins of Shreveport; and a sister, Mrs. Edward J. Crawford Jr. of Shreveport.

Services will be conducted by Dr. D. L. Dykes, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Shreveport. He will be assisted by the Rev. Jim Moore, associate pastor of First Methodist, and Dr. Benedict A. Galloway, pastor of Noel Memorial United Methodist Church.

Pallbearers will be Lee C. Ramsel, Marlin W. Drake Jr., Carl W. Jones, James M. Jones, David H. Walke, Riley Wallace, Henry A. Bronner, Thomas B. Dupree Jr., John A. Dykes, Ralph A. Worley, Stuart Lunn and Leon L. Lafitte.

The family requests that memorials be made to Centenary College or Southfield School.

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