Irvin William Atkinson, Jr.

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.




  1. Susan Craddock on September 3, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Lavera, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother, Irvin. You have an amazing family, and they will help you get through the bad times. God bless you and your family.

  2. kitty frierson on September 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Lavera, so sorry for your loss.Think of all the good times you had with him and feel blessed that you had them . we will see our love ones again one kitty

  3. Krysti Travis on September 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Oh my dear friend Irv, you were one in a million! My heart just aches knowing you have left us here on earth but I know you are at peace now and you have joined my sisters and are having one big celebration! I met Irv when I had my cafe in Raytown and he was part of the coffee club and then bacame a big part of my life, actually considered him family. He was always trying to help us in anyway he could and when we got the contract serving the Royals for every home day game, Irv would deliver the food to the stadium. Every time I am watching the Royals I often think of Irv and what he did for us. I recently beat breast cancer myself and called Irv awhile back and we had a wonderful conversation, I am so so glad I made that call. I also saw him while having a garage sale at my Grandma’s last year before either of us has had been diagnosed with this awful disease and feel so blessed I got to see him. Not very often people come into your life and make a big impact on you as Irv did me, I will never ever forget him and will see him again someday and we will re live all of our wonderful days together. God Bless his family at this time, you are very lucky people to have had him while you did.

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