Melba Willard Atkins
Birth date: August 27, 1926
Death date: August 11, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM- Melba Willard Atkins, 85, went to be with her Lord August 11, 2012. A native of Forsyth County, Mrs. Atkins was born August 27, 1926 to the late Allen Alexander Willard and Shellie Rae Hedgecock Willard. Melba was a member of First Christian Church and retired from Adams Millis. She played professional Basketball for Hanes Hosiery for a number of years. In addition to her parents Mrs. Atkins was preceded in death by her husband Jack Brady Atkins, twin sister Trelba Smith and younger sister Mary Walworth. Survivors include a daughter Lynn Hatchell and husband Henry of Washington, NC and a son Craig B. Atkins and wife Julia of Winston-Salem, four grandchildren Clint Atkins, Lee Hatchell, Leslie Atkins- Sexton and Laura Tetterton, five great grandchildren Luke and Jack Hatchell and Brady and Jordan Atkins and Allie Tetterton, two sisters Ardith Norris of Whiteville and Joann Felker and husband Jim of Winston-Salem and Florida and a number of nieces nephews and loving friends. The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM and funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday August 15, 2012 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel. Burial will follow at Saints Delight Primitive Baptist Church. The family would like to thank the staff at The Oaks at Forsyth for their loving care of Melba. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com
The family will receive friends Wednesday at 1:00 PM prior to the service at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel.
2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel 141 Smith-Edwards Road Kernersville NC 27284 (map/driving directions)
Saints Delight Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Saints Delight Church Rd. Kernersville NC 27284 (map/driving directions)