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ATKINS James Howard
Male 1931 - 2011

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  • Birth  14 Nov 1931  Camden, Ouachita, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Name  Bum Atkins 
    Died  20 May 2011 
    Person ID  I32571  Brasfield-Brassfield Genealogies
    Last Modified  17 Feb 2015 
    Father  ATKINS William Ruby,   b. 29 Oct 1896, Camden, Ouachita, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1975 
    Mother  HOLT Trula Mae,   b. 31 Mar 1901,   d. 20 Sep 1998 
    Family ID  F5096  Group Sheet
    Family  Living 
     1. Living
    >2. Living
    Family ID  F10423  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • Little Rock businessman James Howard "Bum" Atkins died early Friday afternoon at St. Vincent Infirmary after a brief illness, his brother-in-law, Little Rock attorney Phil Anderson, confirmed to ArkansasBusiness.com. Atkins was 79.

      A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St. in Little Rock, with a reception following the service at Morrison Hall. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Reubel Funeral Home.

      Atkins sold his self-named insurance agency to independent insurance giant Marsh & McLennan Cos. in late 1985. He "retired" from the insurance business in 1997, according to Anderson, but not from the workforce. "He immediately went to work as managing director of Herrington Inc., a Little Rock investment company," Anderson said. Atkins' widow, Kathleen, is the sister of Anderson's wife, Missy.

      Here is the obituary provided by the family:

      James Howard Atkins, known to his legions of friends as "Bum," died Friday, May 20, 2011, at St. Vincent Infirmary after a short illness. He was born in Camden on November 14, 1931, to the late James R. and Trula H. Atkins. He was predeceased by his brother, Charles Holt Atkins, and his sister, "Sucka" Atkins Fincher.

      He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kathleen Wright Atkins; two daughters, Catherine Page Atkins and Mary Atkins Mulhollan; two grandsons, James Faulkner Mulhollan and Charles Brasfield Mulhollan; a sister, Ruth Atkins English; nieces May Atkins, Jo Smith, Julie Atkins, Mary Shinn, Trudy Baxter, Ellen Turner and Ann Van Hook; nephews Hal Fincher, Charlie Atkins and Billy Atkins.