Harvey Lee Atkins departed this life on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Atkins moved to Delaware, with his mother and sister, to live with his uncle at a young age. He attended George Washington Carver School in Frankford, Del. He attended and graduated from William C. Jason Comprehensive High School in Georgetown, Del., in 1960. Atkins served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966 and was a paratrooper.
Prior to his passing, Atkins worked as a heavy-equipment operator for Swan Construction, sub-contracted as a weigh-master for Showell Farms in Bishopville, Md., and drove a dump truck for Beatrice West until his retirement.
Atkins enjoyed spending time and having a good time with his children, family and friends, telling funny stories and jokes. He was the manager for the 1979 Honolulu Road Stompers championship softball team, which he enjoyed.
Atkins was an easygoing man and well loved by many. He would help anybody in need, and he was known as the “Mayor of Frankford.” He love listening to James Brown, but one of his favorite songs was “Papa Don’t Take No Mess.”
Atkins was preceded in death by his father, Edward Kane Atkins; his adoring mother, Essie Lee Atkins; and a brother-in-law, Charles Harmon. He leaves to cherish many fond and loving memories his wife, Irene Atkins of Frankford; sister, Laverne Harmon of Frankford; his children, Lavette Mumford and her husband, Howard, of Frankford, Vanita Ford of Millsboro, Del., Monrieka Johnson and her spouse, Luayne of Laurel, Md., Lawanda Atkins of Millsboro, and Maurice Turlington and his wife, Danshanara of Frankford; his 12 grandchildren, Keshauna Ford, Corey Myles II, Howard Mumford Jr., Jaelin Johnson, Johniqu’a, Latays’a, Jonthan and Jadien Atkins, Mar’kel, Maurion, Amare Turlington and Brennan Campbell; four great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; his devoted and loving friend of many years, Sherry Lynn Rogers of Millsboro; his longtime childhood friend Thomas “Jodie” Oliver; and a surrogate son, Mike Chandler.
A celebration of Atkins’ life service was scheduled for Jan. 14, 2017, at St. John’s 2nd Baptist Church, 26602 Mt. Joy Road, Millsboro, Del., officiated by the Most Rev. Roland Mifflin. A private committal service will be held at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, at a later date. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.