John O. Atkinson, born July 22, 1942, passed away September 18, 2017 at the Rosiclare Rehab Care Center being 75 years of age. He professed Jesus Christ as his Savior. John, born in Pope County, grew up in Brownfield. His parents were Jesse and Blanche Swinford Atkinson.
John served in the U.S. Army from 1962 – 1964. He married Phyllis J. Goolsby and born to them were Johnny Dewayne, Harold Deneen, Kelly Denise, Spencer Lee, and Diana Lynn who died in infancy. John is survived by his four children; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mildred Duncan of Golconda, and Beulah (Jack) Hayden of Rosiclare.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one child, one grandchild, three brothers, and one sister.
A graveside service was held at 11:00 a.m. on September 23, 2017 at Cowsert Cemetery. Military rites were conducted by the American Legion Paul C. Rowan Post #571. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville, IL.