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CDR William Benjamin Atkinson

Orangeburg, Orangeburg County, South Carolina, USA
Death 10 Jun 2011 (aged 95)
Orangeburg, Orangeburg County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial
Memorial ID 80731107 · View Source
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William Benjamin Atkinson

ORANGEBURG - William Benjamin Atkinson, 95, of 1687 Longwood Drive, Orangeburg, died peacefully in his sleep Friday, June 10, 2011.
A memorial celebration will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Dukes-Harley Funeral Home Chapel.

Mr. Atkinson was born in Orangeburg, a son of the late William Eugene Atkinson and Mary Agnes Holman Atkinson. He was a retired Navy Commander serving in WWII and Korea and retired from the Merchant Marines. Mr. Atkinson was a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He was a member of the Masters Mates and Pilots Club of Maryland. Mr. Atkinson was a great lover of animals and the outdoors with a particular fondness for the water; whether it was his aluminum canoe on Lake Marion to his Naval Cruiser serving in the South Pacific. He and his late wife were avid dancers and together with her were able to live out a lifelong dream of sharing a dance on each of the seven seas. Mr. Atkinson fancied himself as a "true southerner" having spent many years in South Carolina as well as having lived in Southern California and South Florida.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Belle Rousseau Atkinson of Orangeburg.

Survivors include a son, William B. "Skip" Atkinson, Jr. (Jean) of Destin, FL, two daughters, Anne A. Hicks (Steve) of Summerville, and Jean A. Binnicker of Orangeburg, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Alzheimer's Association /Your local pet Rescue Organization.

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Published in The State on June 11, 2011

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