Irvin William Atkinson Jr., born March 22nd, 1943, in Highpoint, North Carolina, passed away at KU Medical Center on Thursday, August 28th surrounded by family and friends. He fought a courageous battle against bladder cancer and lost to complications despite the great care of the doctors and surgeons who really helped him with his fight with great compassion and we thank them for their caring.
Irvin worked for the KC Star at the age of 19 and retiring there in 2005. He told great stories of his time there.
He has been a resident of Independence for most of his life.
He was a very caring and giving person that his friends remember was always ready to mow a lawn, shovel snow, or buy a meal. He never met a stranger. His friends meant a great deal to him.
He spent a lot of time with his McDonald’s gang and enjoyed meeting for breakfast and good conversation. Loved his retirement “job” at Meiners Market.
He is survived by his sons Cresley Mark Atkinson, Paul Warren Atkinson, his grandchildren children Jonathan, Christina, Aaron, Daniel, Nathen, Jacob, Leroy, and Jordan and Justin Kincaid, his great grandchild Isabella,and his sister Lavera of Louisiana and brother Warren of Alabama.
Services will be held Thursday September 5th, at Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 East 39th Street, Independence, Missouri 64055. (816) 461-1101 with visitation from 1pm til 2:00 followed by a service at 2:00 and an interment service of the ashes at Mt. Washington following the church services.