Joe Atkinson

Joe Morris Atkinson

Wednesday, August 4th, 1943 - Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
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Rev. Joe Atkinson, 77, faithful husband, loving father and grandfather, friend of God and evangelist to the world, entered into the joy of his reward at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at an Arlington hospital, following a courageous two year battle with cancer and a brief hospitalization with complications.

As an evangelist and gospel singer, Joe’s ministry spanned more than 63 years in crusades and concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His albums and nationally televised specials have won multiple International Angel Awards. He was appointed the Official Good Will Ambassador for his hometown, Arlington, Texas by the mayor and city council. He was a founding member and former officer of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists. He has multiple hall of fame inductions to his name including the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He was a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Memorial Service: 1 p.m. Thursday, November 5, at Grace Street Fellowship Church, 1516 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington with Dr. Morris Chapman, Dr. James Draper and Dr. Jim Burgin officiating. If you would like to stream the 1pm Memorial Service, you may do so at the Grace Street Fellowship facebook page (you do not need to be a member of Facebook to view) copy and paste this link: Private Interment: Moore Memorial Gardens, Arlington. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.

Program guests include: Mr. Richard Greene (former Mayor of Arlington), Mr. Jack Clark, Mr. Randy Wills and Rev. Tom Rives. Pallbearers: Michael W. Adams, Jason D. Atkinson, Patsy Furr, Edgar R. Gatlin, Jerry M. Hodges, Merle Welpman, R. Reagan Atkinson, Paul L. Furr, Robert L. Hendrix, Don M. Kidwell, Jerry Hoodenpyle and Mark Dorough .

Joe was preceded in death by wife, Judith Atkinson in 2016; daughter, Jennifer Paige in 1995; parents, Joe and Elizabeth Atkinson of Pasadena, TX; brother, Patrick R. of Mountain Home, AR.

Survivors: Loving wife, Tricia of Arlington; son, Jason Drew Atkinson of Coppell and wife, Diane; grandchildren, Victoria Lynn Barton of Prairie Grove, Arkansas and husband, Dustin, Calvin Mathis of Waco and wife, Hannah, Lola Grace and Landry Kate of Coppell; great-grandchildren, Theodore James and Joshua Charles; daughters, Shirley Worsham and husband, Ted of Hudson, OH, and Karen Arrington of Lawrenceville, GA and son, Randy Barnes and wife, Laurie of Lake City, FL; and brothers, Eddie and wife, Ann of Hernando, FL, and Reagan of Pasadena.

Wade Family Funeral Home
(817) 274-9233
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    41 40 W. Pioneer Pkwy.
    ARLINGTON, TX 76013
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  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 1:00pm
    Grace Street Fellowship
    1516 W. Pioneer Pkwy
    ARLINGTON, TX 76013
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dr. Jim Burgin
  • Interment

    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 10:00am
    Moore Memorial Gardens
    1219 N Davis Dr.
    Arlington, United States 76012
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Grizzle Family

Posted at 10:12am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Sending you love and our hugs.
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Cary Pillers

Posted at 11:42pm
Joe will always have a special place in our heart. Cary got to go with Joe on the Great American Race and it is still a memory He cherishes today. We know he is finally singing to our Lord Jesus now and is so happy. We are praying for you during this time.

We will not make it to the funeral, but you are in our thoughts and prayers. One day we will hear him sing again, especially “O, Holy Night” when we make it to heaven too.

Cary and LeaAnne Pillers

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In memory of the Many Blessings of the LORD Reverend Joe Atkinson gave to GOD's People!
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