Atkins, Deloise Holland

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Deloise T Holland Atkins, 92 formerly of Colonial Heights departed this life to rest in her Heavenly Home, Thursday evening June 4, 2020, in the care of Kroontje Healthcare Center and Medi Home Health and Hospice. Born December 4, 1927 in Petersburg, VA, she was a daughter of the late George and Fannie Drewry Holland.

Mrs. Atkins devoted her life to the service of others in her profession which she esteemed so highly of nursing. She graduated with a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from Mission Hospital in Asheville. Being dedicated to nursing and those she served; she later received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Virginia State University. She was able to complete her mission of her profession through work in New York City, the Medical College of Virginia and lastly McGuire VA Medical Center where she served for over 35 years. She celebrated her faith by attending faithfully, the Second Presbyterian Church of Petersburg.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry Atkins; a sister, Shirley Skelton; and a special niece, Cindy Cheek.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Dottie Mae Atkins-Neikirk (Jeffrey) of the Maybrook Community; a granddaughter, Violet Mae Neikirk; and a sister, Patsy Dayton (Bob) of Prince George, VA.

There will be a Graveside service held at a later date in the Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, VA. At the family’s request contributions may be made to honor the life and memory of Mrs Atkins to Warm Hearth Charities in Blacksburg, VA or to the Veterans Administration Volunteers (804)675-5000.

The family wish to thank Medi Home Care and Hospice (especially the extra tender loving care devoted to her by Vicki Gusler Sheppard), the Kroontje Health Care Center, and all special caregivers in Colonial Heights and the New River Valley for all acts of love and care you have shared with all in their family through Mrs. Atkins’ life.

Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke are honored to care for the Atkins family. Online condolences and distant hugs may be sent by visiting