Farrell “Tom” or “Tom Cat” Dale Atkins-Marion formerly of Sesser, IL

Farrell “Tom” or “Tom Cat” Dale Atkins, 77, of Marion formerly of Sesser went to be with Lord surrounded by his family and his precious fur-baby Candy that never left his side.

He was born on May 25, 1943 to Leonard and Cora (Risley) Atkins.

He is survived by his children Robin (Brent) Foster of Benton, IL, Regina (David) Owens of Sedalia, MO, and Thomas (Joann) Atkins of Marion, IL; grandchildren Dustin (Rachel) Martin, Jenna (Cody) Webb, Joshua (Rachel) Owens, Tim (Megan) Owens, Benjamin (Brittney) Owens, Ashley Atkins, Brittany Atkins and Christian Goldsberry; 6 great grandchildren; one brother Chuck Atkins of Sesser; two sisters Jean Jones of Sesser and Theresa (Harry) Poole of Mascoutah, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Don Atkins and one sister Glenda Fornear.

He had worked as a coal miner with Inland Steel and Consol Mine. He retired from Taylor Brothers Welding. He was an avid fisherman.

His wishes were to be cremated and a Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

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