Franklin Delano Atkinson, Sr.

Franklin Delano Atkinson, Sr. of Dauphin Island, AL passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Mobile, AL. He was 85.

He was born on Sept. 5, 1933 in Annapolis, MO, the son of the late Eldred and Freda (Casteel) Atkinson.

On Oct. 10, 1952, he was united in marriage to Virgie Lucille Henson.  She survives and resides on Dauphin Island.

To this union three children were born, Frank D. Atkinson, Jr. and wife Melissa of St. Louis, Carol A. Arthur (preceded him in death) and husband, John, and Karen Tafra and husband, Mike of Dauphin Island.

Frank is also survived by his brother, William Atkinson and wife Patricia of St. Louis; his sister, Mattie Ann Evans of Potosi; grandchildren, Joshua M. Arthur (Ann), Jennifer R. Winschel (Kevin), Lindsey N. Kraemer (Mark) all of St. Louis, Michael A. Tafra Jr., Marie C. Sisk (Haden), Mitchell L. Tafra, all of Dauphin Island, and John T. Arthur, who preceded him in death.

He is the great-grandfather to Bradyn J., Emma C., and Jack H. Winschel; Carson B. and Parker C. Kraemer; Rosalie C. and John D. Arthur.

He is the nephew of Doris Wilheim of St. Louis, and Howard Casteel of Annapolis, as well as being an uncle and cousin to many.

Frank and Virgie have lived in St. Louis, Annapolis, Pilot Knob, and most recently Dauphin Island.  He was a member of the Annapolis Church of the Nazarene for many years.  He was very active in church activities, especially helping with church meals.

Frank retired from Yellow Freight Company after 30 years of service.  He enjoyed spending time with his family.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 2 p.m. from the Annapolis Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Howard Casteel officiating.  Visitation began at noon, also at the church.  Interment was in the Annapolis Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Joshua Arthur, Mark Kraemer, Kevin Winschel, Michael Tafra, Mitchell Tafra, Haden Sisk, and Andrew Evans.

Memorials may be made to the Annapolis Church of the Nazarene or the Annapolis Cemetery.  Online condolences may be made to the family at