James L. Atkins, 71, of Amissville died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at home surrounded by his
He was born in Rappahannock County on October 9, 1941, a son of Virgil Lee and Mary Lois
Atkins. He grew up on Red Hill Farm in Rappahannock County which was owned by the William G. Eastham family. He broke young horses and learned farming. In the 1960âs, he drove trucks for the late Floyd Hitt. Later in the 1960âs and into the 1970âs he owned and operated Lee Hi Construction.
Mr. Atkins was a longtime huntsman and served as a mentor to others interested in foxhunting. He hunted hounds for Old Dominion Hounds, Dr. Gableâs hounds, Piedmont Foxhounds and retired from the Warrenton Hunt. Mr. Atkins was a farmer; he enjoyed golf and attending auctions.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Brandy Station.
Survivors include his wife, Katharine J. âK.T.â Atkins and four children; Beverly Atkins Pullen, Victoria J. Atkins, J. Todd Atkins and Jason T. Atkins. He was the brother of Jean Atkins Dodson, Billy S. Atkins and Betty Lou Atkins Walter and grandfather of Elizabeth Ashley Pullen, Emmanuel J. Pullen III, Madison Brooke Dishner, Nicholas James Atkins and Joshua Thomas Atkins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Virgil Jackson Atkins.
There will be a memorial service at 5 PM on Monday July 1, 2013 at Christ Episcopal Church, 14586 Alanthus Rd, Brandy Station. A celebration of life will be held at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the MFHA Hunt Staff Benefit Foundation, P.O. Box 363, Millwood VA 22646 or to Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O. Box 1715, Culpeper, VA 22701.