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James Stewart Atkins

Birth Date: March 8, 1946
Death Date: October 7, 2018

James S. Atkins, 72, of Tulsa, retired from a long career in the oil and gas industry, died suddenly Sunday, Oct. 7 in the family home. Jim was born in Fairfield, AL on Mar. 8, 1946 to Roy and Mae Atkins. He spent most of his childhood and youth in Birmingham, AL where he was a star Little League baseball player. He attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and earned a Master’s Degree in chemical engineering. He was also in ROTC and received a commission upon graduation, served in the Army Reserve and attained the rank of Captain.
Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Martha, his son Shannon and wife Angela, two grandchildren Isaac and Grace of Norman, OK his son Todd and fiancé Agnes Gaspar of Coweta, OK, nephews Tosh and Stewart Atkins and niece Anne Atkins and sister-in-law Nancy Atkins of Tuscaloosa, AL and niece Laura Manning of Southlake, Texas. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and by a brother, Scott Atkins.

Jim was a member of the BA Golf & Athletic Club where he enjoyed golfing with friends and feeding the squirrels and ducks. He was an avid football fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Jim loved music and played the guitar from an early age. The Beatles and Dire Straits were among his favorites.

Travel was a big part of his life. Whether for work or pleasure, Jim enjoyed seeing the world. He and his family lived for seven years in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and took advantage of the opportunity to see over 22 countries.

Jim was very proud of his work as a project manager and the plants he and his co-workers built in the US and in places like Russia and Bulgaria and made many friends on the job. However, when he retired almost six years ago, he never looked back. He has been a very happy retiree.

In spite of leading a rather adventurous life, Jim’s greatest pleasures were in coaching Little League soccer and baseball. He was known for his laid back personality, sense of humor and generosity and regularly gave to his favorite charity Big Oak Ranch for Children in Alabama. He was steady in a crisis and dependable.

Since the age of 12, Jim was challenged by a severe hearing loss which six operations failed to improve. Many expressed amazement that he was able to accomplish as much as he did in life with such limitations. However, he accepted his disability with an incredible grace and patience and never let it slow him down.

The family is humbled by and grateful for the many expressions of warmth and love for Jim. Although we know he is in a better place, we were not ready to let him go. And on his behalf, we will say it. Roll Tide.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Floral Haven Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2018 at Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bob Green officiating.

October 11, 2018
5:00 pm
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Floral Haven Funeral Home
6500 S. 129th E. Ave. Broken Arrow OK, 74012
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Funeral Service
October 12, 2018
10:00 am
Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel
6500 S 129th E Ave. Broken Arrow OK, 74012
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  1. Thank you

    Written by: Todd Atkins

    I want to thank everyone who came today to remember my father. I owe a debt of gratitude to all of you for honoring my father in a way that he deserved. Thank you so much to Floral Haven for taking such great care of him. Everyone that was involved I can’t thank you enough for your time and efforts.

  2. Jim seemed to almost always have a smile on his face. I thoroughly enjoyed our times on the golf course. Funny man and talented. Our heartfelt condolences to the family.

  3. I worked with Jim at Exterran and grew to admire and respect him. He had a lot of common sense and experience and was greatly respected in our Industry.

    we got together many times and played guitar with Bud Hembree.
    Very talented with the guitar. I will miss him very much.
    Rest In Peace Jim. Best wishes to Jim’s family.

  4. Miss ya Jim

    Written by: Dave Minton

    To my dear frien Jim… Brother I miss you so much and remember the many many great days we had together!!

    We shed tears after laughing so visiosly when we reminisced about old movies.. especially The original Smokey and the Badit…!!

    Peace unto you and your family my dear Brother…

    You were a great mentor and a greater friend..
    Rest In Piece and I will see you again in Heaven one day..

    Dave Minton

  5. My Friend Jim

    Written by: Joe Allen

    My friend Jim and his wife Martha were good friends during our time together in Saudi Arabia. Jim and I worked together in the Facilities Planning Dept. I had the pleasure of supporting several projects that Jim was key in their success. But it was our time away from work that was special. Since we were both from the South, we shared many common interest including Football. One travel memory was both our families were on vacation and we met up in Honalulu, Hawaii for Thanksgiving Lunch. We were certainly world travelers.
    I got to talk to Jim after many years this past May. He bragged on Martha and of course the boys and the Grandkids. I am thankful we were able to catch up. Will miss you Jim, rest well and Roll Tide!

  6. I’m very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I worked for Jim for a few yrs at Exterran. He was a great leader, teacher and friend. I had the pleasure of playing music with him on a few occasions. He was a great guitar player. I always enjoyed listening to him play.
    A true fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide. He also loved to eat those biscuits on game day!
    I was privileged to have known him and to call him my friend. He will be missed. God Bless

  7. RIP Jim Atkins

    Written by: Patti Pitcock

    Martha, Shannon, Todd and extended family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Jim and understand what an important part of your lives he played. He was a pleasant man to be around and I enjoyed the brief times I saw him with Martha at a Jarman function. The sudden loss of a loved one is especially hard as we are so unprepared and stunned for many days, months. Whenever I watch Bama play, I always think of your mom and dad as I know what dedicated fans they are. Please know that my wish is for you to hold those cherished memories close at heart and never allow them to fade. God is already at our tomorrows and has welcomed Jim with arms of joy. May he rest in peace.

  8. Missing Jim's humor and smile.

    Written by: Melissa Ralls

    I will miss Jim very much. He was my boss and co-worker for 4 years and was great at both. He never hesitated to share his knowledge and taught me alot. Although I have not seen or spoken to him after he retired, I still thought of him often and missed his humor and smile. I do blame him for the fact that after every lunch and dinner I have to have a small sweet treat, LOL.
    Jim was loved very much and will be missed. My prayers to all who loved him.

  9. Such a great tribute, especially the part about not being ready to let him go. I wish I had known him. Love to all of your family, Martha. Kathy McCafferty

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