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October 11, 1928 - January 15, 2013 DAVIDSON Funeral service for Merle Ray Atkins, age 84, of rural Davidson, will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Jackson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Les Banks, Rev. Joshua Martin and Rev. Ronnie Chadwick officiating. Burial will follow in the Frederick Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Jackson Funeral Home of Frederick. Mr. Atkins passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at his home. Merle Ray Atkins was born on October 11, 1928 in Frederick, Oklahoma to James Hannon "Hank" and Hettie Rene (Basinger) Atkins. He attended Victory School and graduated from Victory High School in 1946. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. On July 3, 1954, Merle was united in marriage to Lois Mae (Hale) Atkins on the Hale home place located west of Frederick. She preceded him in death on November 15, 2004. Merle farmed and ranched in the Tillman County area his entire life. He had served on various boards during his life which included Cotton, Inc., Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Tillman County Farm Bureau, Tillman County Excise Board, Tillman County Historical Society, the Davidson Co-op Association and Tillman Producers Co-op as well as the school board for Victory and Davidson Schools. Merle later married Annie O. (Bouchillon) Latham on July 9, 2005 in Davidson, Oklahoma. He was a charter member of the Bible Baptist Church in Frederick and was presently a member of the First Baptist Church of Davidson. He is survived by his wife, Ann Atkins of the home; two daughters, Dana Rae Atkins and Sharon Kay Atkins both of Davidson; step-children, Margaret Chivington and her husband Dean of Tucson, Arizona and Simuel Latham of Ruform, Alabama; one sister, Leta Jezisek and her husband Ed of Davidson; one sister-in-law, Mary Cordery of Yuma, Arizona; one nephew, Charles Cordery; three nieces, Sheila Brockreide, Susan Smith and Sharla Bennight; four step-grandchildren and three great-step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife Lois. Memorial contributions may be made to the Davidson First Baptist Church or the Tillman County Historical Society in memory of Merle Ray Atkins. An online guest book is available at www.jacksonfuneral.net

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 18, 2013
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