Name: Atkinson, Rev. Cline Lee
Location: Narrows, VA
Date of death: June 7, 2005

Rev. Cline Lee Atkinson, 85, of Narrows, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at Riverview Nursing Home in Rich Creek. Rev. Atkinson grew up in Piedmont, near Shawsville, Va. He was a graduate of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga. He attended Holmes Bible College in Greenville, S.C., for five years. He answered the call of God to preach on February 1, 1940. He received his minister's license at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Greenlee, Va. in 1941. He married Frances O. Martin in 1942. In 1943, he was ordained for ministry at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Pulaski. He served faithfully as a member of the Appalachian Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church for 44 years. He was well respected by his fellow ministers and leaders of the conference. He also enjoyed working and serving at the Appalachian Summer Youth Camps. Cline began pastoring in 1941 at Edgemont and Norwich churches. From 1942 to 1944, he pastored at Wytheville, along with Draper Valley, Lick Mountain, and Seven Springs. From 1945 through 1951, he pastored at Bedford and Cool Springs. From 1952 to 1963, he pastored at Buena Vista. From 1966 to 1972, he pastored at White Sulphur Springs and Penial, and from 1973 to 1983 he pastored at Narrows. Rev. Atkinson also worked part-time for various school systems as a bus driver for a number of years. He and Frances retired in 1984 in Narrows, before going into the nursing home in 1996 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Rev. Atkinson is the son of the late Robert DeMarkus Atkinson and Goldie Jewel Atkinson. He was preceded in death by two sons, Rev. Gerald R. Atkinson and Darrell L. Atkinson; and one sister, Freda Cooper. Survivors include his wife, Frances Martin Atkinson; son, David S. Atkinson and wife Kathy of Kingsport, Tenn.; two daughters, Linda F. Dalton and husband Donald, and Brenda C. Turner and husband Larry, both of Narrows; two brothers, Robert Maurice Atkinson and wife Helen of Radford, and Billy Lewis Atkinson and wife Priscilla of Shawsville; two sisters, Lois Atkinson Henson and husband Ed of Shawsville, and Ruth Atkinson Willis of Pulaski; six grandchildren, Tracie Bryant, Marcie McCroskey, Anna Richardson, Wendy Hamlin, Emily Huffman, and Kelsey Turner; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Pentecostal Holiness Church in Narrows with Rev. Dallas Jewell officiating, assisted by Rev. David Atkinson. Burial will follow in the Applachian Pentecostal Holiness Conference Cemetery in Dublin. The family will receive friends at Cornerstone Pentecostal Holiness Church in Narrows Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Rev. Gerald R. Atkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Emmanuel College; P.O. Box 129; Franklin Springs, Ga. 30639. The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service. Online condolence messages can be sent to the family at

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