Anthony “Tony” Robert Atkin, 60, of Granite Falls passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at his home in Granite Falls.
Born June 1, 1959 in Landstuhl, West Germany, son of Jean Elizabeth Bell Atkin and the late Robert Byron Atkin. He was a member of the last graduating class of Granite Falls High School in 1977 and served in the United States Army from 1978 to 1981 at Ft. Meade Maryland and Augsburg, West Germany as a specialist in the Army Security Agency.
Upon his honorable discharge from serving his country, Tony embarked on a remarkable life. He lived and worked in North Carolina, Colorado, and Arizona. Tony traveled extensively on his Harley-Davidson Motorcycles to all parts of our country, encountering many adventures. Tony was a unique individual with many talents and passions, among them include carpentry, mechanics, rancher, biker, gardening, and being an artist.
Tony’s passion of woodworking known as, “Man in the Wall” led to many wonderful works of art, including bowls, “knotties,” canes, fruit, eggs, acorns, and so much more.
Tony was preceded in death by his father, Robert B. Atkin.
In addition to his mother, those left to cherish his memory include older brothers Andrew S. Atkin and partner Dorothy Nurminen and James A. Atkin and wife Anna Atkin, younger sisters Catherine A. Hicks and husband Allen Hicks and Jennifer Bell and partner Jason Dinkins. Nephew Ian Atkin and wife Cierra Atkin and nieces Lindsay Atkin, Rochelle Medvec, Nichole Harris and husband Ryan Harris, Amanda Medvec, Caitlyn Buchanon, and Ivy Rose Buchanon. Also, great nephews Sawyer Harris and Ryland Medvec, great niece Adley Harris, his partner, Mary “Bear” Padgett, numerous cousins all over the world, and his beloved pets.
The family will receive friends at Mackie-Whisenant Funeral Home on Saturday, February 1, 2020, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon. A Celebration of Life Service will follow in the chapel at 12:00. The Rev. Karla Woggon from the Hickory Episcopal Church of the Ascension will officiate. Military honors will be rendered.
Condolences can be sent to the family at mackiefh.com
Tony loved J.R.R. Tolkien’s quote, “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken: the crownless again shall be king.”