Atkinson, Lucy Lena

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Lucy Lena (Gregory) Atkinson, 96, of Shawsville, Va., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 29, 2008. She was born on December 6, 1911, in Appomattox, Va. Lucy was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother, greatgreat-grandmother, sister and friend. All who knew her will miss her beautiful blue eyes, loving smile and sweet laugh.

She was preceded by her parents, Ira Sanford and Cornelia Ann Gregory; husband, Robert Everett Atkinson; brothers, Bill and Jamie; and sisters, Florence, Alice, and Susie.

Lucy leaves behind to cherish her memory her children, Garland Atkinson and wife, Pauline, Howard Atkinson and wife, Linda, Jack Atkinson and wife, Betty, Vivian Semones and husband, Dale, Dick Atkinson and wife, Kay, Phyllis Epperly and husband, James, Mack Atkinson and wife, Ilse, Allen and wife, Corinne, Connie Hall and husband, Glenn, and Deborah A. Davis. Lucy was also blessed to have 16 grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren; six greatgreat-grandchildren; sister, Estelle Porter; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins; and also, a very loving and special caregiver, Phyllis Alderman.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2008, at the Horne Funeral Home, Christiansburg. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, 2008, in the Horne Funeral Chapel conducted by Pastor Mike Vest and Pastor Tommy Shafer and Pastor Ben Whitaker with interment to follow in the Barnett Cemetery, Shawsville.

The Atkinson family is being served by Horne Funeral Service, Christiansburg, Va., 540-382-2612. Online condolences may be sent to