To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
A TIME TO LIVE
Chaireena Atkinson, affectionately known to many as “Date,” was the 5th child of the late Sidney Atkinson, Sr., and Madreen Coakley Atkinson. She was born May 28,1939, in the Honey Creek Community or “The Creek” located in the city of Waverly, Georgia, and the county of Camden. Being reared by a family that made Christ the head of their life, Chaireena at an early age received Christ as her personal savior and joined Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church under the Pastorage of the late Reverend C.S. Hardee. Her love for God and her church led her to become a faithful and dutiful member. She was a true believer that the Lord was her Shepperd and always quoted the 23rd Psalms. In her bedroom and throughout her residence are plaques of that passage. Her bible is highlighted and bookmarked for easy access. As a Sunday school teacher, she taught many children in “The Creek” and abroad the word of God and those whom she taught knew her discipline tool (the black comb). She believed that cleanliness is next to Godliness and became the Sexton for the church. As the Sexton, she made sure that the church was always clean and ready for service. Her duties led her to receive several accolades and awards. “If I can help somebody as I pass this way, then my living shall not be in vain.” She received her education at Camden County Schools and graduated from Ralph Bunche High School in the year of 1958. After graduating, making a living for herself and assisting her family was important, so she worked many jobs before being employed at King and Prince Seafood Cooperation, from 1974-2004. After 30 years of service at King and Prince, she decided to retire. This allowed her to spend more time in the yard, around the house, and at the church. She enjoyed the holidays and loved the visits from her nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
A TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
In the still of the evening of September 8, 2021, Chaireena was at her residence when she answered the call of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “For I am now ready to be offered, the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.”- II Timothy 6:7
Chaireena was preceded in death by five brothers, Nolan Atkinson, Jimmie Atkinson, Levi Atkinson, Sidney Atkinson, Jr., and Robert Atkinson, and three sisters, Betty Atkinson, Annetta Atkinson Brown, and Arridina Atkinson.
As Chaireena was granted her wings and as she enjoys her new life, she leaves many cherished sweet memories. These memories will be shared by: her two sisters, Ella M. Atkinson and Hattie L. Atkinson of Waverly, Georgia; one special nephew, who she raised as her own, Derek (Adrienne) Cooke, Sr., of Tallahassee, FL; three special great-nephews, Derek Cooke, Jr., of Darien, GA, Jahiem Cooke, of Waverly, GA, and Evan Howard, of Richmond, VA; nieces and nephews, Sharon Merrell, Sidney Atkinson III (Sharon), Bruce Atkinson (Malicia), and Cynthia Atkinson, all of Brunswick, GA, Gregory Brown, Sr. (Katrina), of Miami, FL, Michael Starkes (Alterina) of Miami Gardens, FL, Vonda Atkinson, of McDonough, GA, Gary Atkinson and Darnise Everette of Carrollton, GA, Julian Scott of Atlanta, GA, Ronald Atkinson (Montika) of Junction City, KS, Amanda Atkinson of Tifton, GA, Brian Atkinson of Orlando, FL, and Kevin Atkinson and Aaron Atkinson, both of Darien GA; along with a host of great-grandnieces, great grandnephews, other family, neighbors, and friends.
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