September 12, 2022

Frank A. Atkins led a full and wonderful life. He was a devout Christian and loved the Lord. He was born into the loving arms of Clara and Frank Atkins Sr. on August 1, 1954 in Corbin, KY., baptized at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Corbin and raised in Harlan, Kentucky. 

He graduated from Harlan Independent High School in 1972 before attending Centre College in Danville, KY. two years and the University of Kentucky, where he earned a degree in Engineering.

Following graduation, he practiced engineering with Thompson & Litton of Wise, Virginia in the 1980’s, where he met and married the love of his life, Sandra.  He then returned to the University of Kentucky to earn a degree in law, graduating in 1984.  As a lawyer, he served two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Eugene Siler in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, before opening a law practice in Williamsburg, Ky., where he worked until his retirement.

Frank was baptized at First Baptist Church, Williamsburg where he was a Deacon, Sunday school teacher and worked with the youth. He was a veteran of the United States Navy Reserves and served as a Commander in the Seabees Construction Battalion during the Persian Gulf War.

Frank and Sandra then moved to Maryland to enjoy being with their sons and grandchildren. He loved being Poppy to his three grandchildren. On September 5, 2022 at Northwest Hospice in Baltimore, Maryland, Frank ended his long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He went peacefully surrounded by his family.

Frank will be cremated at Simplicity Cremation and Funeral Services and a Celebration of Life service will be held in Harlan Episcopal Church at a later date. He leaves behind to mourn his passing: his loving wife of 38 years, Sandra Atkins, their sons and families, Bryan and Jennifer Rakes, their children Catie and Caroline; Mike and Naina Rakes, their son Tage; Frank’s mother, Clara Early Atkins; his sister in law, Rhonda Miller and husband Tommy; his siblings, sister Clara Atkins-Pope and husband, Tom; brothers Robert Atkins and wife Julie; Edward Atkins and wife Kathy; William Atkins and wife Elaine; Richard Atkins and wife Phoebie. Nieces and nephews: Mary Elizabeth Pope and husband Oz Bland; Anne Lindsey and husband Michael; Ryland Pope and wife Robin; Will Pope and wife Dana; Annie Mason and husband Matt, Sasha Voss and husband Taylor; Casey Fenner & husband Aaron; Ryland Atkins and wife Katharine; Katie Roe and husband Mason; Lynne Atkins; Allison Atkins; Amanda Atkins; Sarah Jalbert and husband David; Will Atkins; Erin Nations and husband Avery.  Great nieces and nephews: Lydia Bland, Kaya Bland, Shane Lindsey, Cade Lindsey, Michael Lindsey, Bryleigh Capps, Jase Capps, Willa Grace Pope, Dorothy Mason, Kathleen Mason, Evelyn Voss, Aiden Liam Nations, Ivie Anne Nations. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Allen Atkins Sr.