The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


June 30, 2014

Services for Dorthea ‘Reat’ Atkinson, 80, of Indian Trail, will be July 3, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014 — Mrs. Dorthea “Reat” Smith Atkinson, 80 years of age, of Indian Trail, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014, at CMC – Union in Monroe.

Dorthea was born July 22, 1933, in Richmond County, to the late Henry Smith and the late Lela Smith DeBerry. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Michelle Atkinson; brothers, Robert, Vernon and Larry DeBerry, and Ernest Smith; sisters, Josephine Yarborough, Helen Biggers, Alma Tucker and Lena Bowers; and great-grandchild, William Reid Efird.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. The funeral service, officiated by Pastor Don Thompson, and the Rev. James Potts, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Park, 1425 E. Main St., Albemarle, NC 28001.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, William “Bill” Atkinson of Indian Trail; two daughters, DyAnn (Lynn) Sherrin and Jean (Stan) Efird, all of Indian Trail; five grandchildren, Rodney (Ashley) Pace of Charleston, S.C., Larry (Regina) Dennis and Daniel Efird, all of Indian Trail, Amy Atwell of Monroe and Matthew (Vicky) Pace of Fort Mill, S.C.; and 12 great-grandchildren, Baylee Hartis, Tyler Dennis, Andrew Stegall, Brianna Efird, Serenity Wiles, Landon Dennis, Barbara Jean Efird, Emily Pace, Emma Marie Pace, Carter Pace, Shawnee Efird and Boyd Pace; three brothers, Ronnie, Bruce and Donald DeBerry; three sisters, Geneva Morris, Dorothy Almond and Odessa Furr; and aunt, Kathleen Leviner of Wallace, S.C..

Dorthea and Bill were  life-long residents of Albemarle until recently when they relocated to Indian Trail to be closer to their daughters. They were long-time members of New Hope Baptist Church in Albemarle.

At other times the family will be meeting at the home of brother, Ronnie DeBerry, 2221 Goodman Drive, Albemarle, NC 28001.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Atkinson family.

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