1949 ~ 2022
Date of Death: March 31, 2022
In profound sadness, the staff of Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. want to express our sincere condolences to the Atchison family. Oliver’s earthly temple is now resting in the care of Rowell-Parish Mortuary. Revelations 21:4 says, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death; nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away." Be assured that in the days ahead you will surely gain strength from the memories of Mr. Oliver Gene Atchison.
Derrick Veasley ~ Director
Henry Veasley ~ Director
Pastor E.C. Maltbia ~ Chaplain
Oliver Gene Atchison was a blessing from God on Thursday, September 8, 1949 to the late O’Bryant and Sophia (Penny) Atchison, Sr. in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was also called by God to take his eternal rest on Thursday, Marsh 31, 2022 from Columbia, South Carolina. He was also preceded in death by one of his two daughters: Carolyn Atchison, his two brothers: O’Bryant, Jr. and William Atchison and three sisters: Juanita Thompson, Joann Campbell and Freda Atchison.
Oliver accepted Christ at an early age was baptized at First Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Elder L. C. Dade. He attended the Fort Smith Public Schools: Howard Elementary, Lincoln High School and graduated from Northside High with the Class of 1968. He played basketball in school, but he loved watching all sports. As a youngster, he was a member of the Neighborhood Youth Core. After high school, he joined the United States Army. He started his path in the Army on June 6, 1969 and exited on July 15, 1971; he was a cook. He served during the time of the Vietnam War. He did receive an Honorable Discharge.
Oliver was stationed at Fort Jackson while in the Army; he met and later wed to Margaret Ellison in holy matrimony on June 5, 1970 in Columbia, South Carolina. After the Military, he worked at the State Hospital as a janitor and Nurses’ Aid, he later went to work for the City of Columbia. He would sometimes gather with his buddies from work in his backyard after work. He was a friendly, mild-mannered and kind-hearted gentlemen who loved his family. He was a hard worker in life and took good care of his family. He loved playing with his children and would take them to the park to play with all the children to the park. He also loved cooking. He will be greatly missed by all who appreciated him during his life.
Oliver will be forever cherished and remembered by his wife: Margaret Atchison of Columbia, South Carolina; his daughter: Teresa (Rev. Steven) Williams of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; his two grandchildren: Alexis and Justin Williams; his brother: Tommy Atchison and his sister-in-law: Mary Alice Oates both of Columbia, South Carolina and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 8, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rowell-Parish Mortuary 611 North 9th Street Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.
Celebration of life service will be held Friday, April 9, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at First Church of God in Christ 2037 North 14th Street Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904.
Committal service and final resting place will be at the Fort Smith National Cemetery Fort Smith, Arkansas.