William Thomas "Bill" Atkinson
May 11, 1939
July 28, 1998
Music " To Bill" composed in his honor, by
R. Malcolm Brown, Jr.
is now playing
Atkinson was my best friend. We grew up together in Pampa, Texas.
Even as babies, we played in the same pen and our families (Chris and Crawford
Atkinson, 1110 Charles Street, Malcolm and Clementine, 1108 Charles Street)
were best friends. Bill and I went to grade school together, as well
as Junior High and High School. While in Pampa High School, Bill Atkinson
singlehandedly raised the funds for the Inez Carter Center. He was very
active in civic affairs, even as a young student.
Bill and I made
the decision together to attend the University of Texas and were freshman
roommates in the Bridgeway Dorm. Bill and I pledged the same fraternity,
Acacia, on 2610 Rio Grand Street. It was there that I had a blind
date with Ann Callaway, and Bill was the best man at my wedding on August
Bill and I graduated
the same year from UT-Austin (1961), and he received a bachelor of business
administration degree. I continued in graduate school at UT, and Bill
returned to Pampa where he was president of Motor Inn Auto Supply in
Pampa and Amarillo for twenty years.
Bill had many
honors, was secretary of the Pampa Rotary Club and Pampa Youth Center
as well as director of the Top O' Texas Rodeo Association, American
Red Cross, Pampa Country Club, and Automotive Wholesalers of Texas.
He was also president of Pampa Club and was an adviser for ISTI Waco
as well as a member of the Amarillo Rotary Club. He was a member of the
B.F. Goodrich National Tire Council and Walker National Distributor Council.
Bill was a former
member of the First United Methodist Church in Pampa and chairman
of the First Christian Church of Pampa. He was also co-founder of Trinitiy
Fellowship of Amarillo and was an adult Bible teacher for fifteen years.
Bill was active as a youth baseball coach for ten years and a soccer coach
for five years.
Bill is survived
by his wife, Barbara Ann Dean of Arlington, Texas, his former wife, Sue,
of Amarillo, Texas, a daughter, Julie Seemans, of Amarillo; two sons, William
Jarett Atkinson and Richard Grant Atkinson, both of Amarillo, a step daughter,
Misty Dean Scott of Amarillo, four stepsons, William Dean of Amarillo,
John Dean of Houston, James Dean of Overland Park, Kansas, and Patrick
Dean of The Colony, and nine grandchildren.
Here is a photo made in May, 1996, the last time
I ever saw Bill. He and Barbara had come to Austin and dropped by
to visit Ann and me. We went to the Lakeview Cafe for dinner that evening.
This is a photo made of our first grade class at
Sam Houston Elementary School. Malcolm and Bill are indicated! Those were
Bill, you will be missed!
your friend, Malcolm
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