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Brian Dale Atkins of Du Quoin

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    Brian Dale Atkins

updated: 12/13/2021 11:55 AM

Brian Dale Atkins, 71, of Du Quoin, passed away at 8:41 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at the Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.

Brian was a self-employed contractor. He was of the Baptist faith. Brian loved fishing and enjoyed camping.

He was born Dec. 2, 1950 at Du Quoin, Illinois, the son of William and Betty (Keller) Atkins.

He married Janice Conner on May 20, 1972 at Du Quoin and she preceded him in death on June 2, 2008. He then married Kay E. Kennedy on Dec. 14, 2009 at Mt. Vernon, Illinois and she survives.

Brian is survived by his wife of Du Quoin; two children, Ericka Atkins (Philip Gibbs) and Travis (Tina) Atkins, all of Du Quoin; four stepchildren, Jason (Brandi) Vancil, Amy (Jason) Ramsey, Amanda Renee (Christopher) Browning and Meleny Rucks, all of Du Quoin; 11 grandchildren, Seth Atkins, Reese Atkins, Riley Atkins, Keira Gibbs, Lylee Gibbs, Jordan Ramsey, Emma Ramsey, Ryker Vancil, Haley Williams, Kennedy Browning and Kaylee Browning; three great-grandchildren, Kinley Atkins, Brantley Atkins and Krue Atkins; and two brothers, Jim Atkins and Bill (Carmen) Atkins, all of Du Quoin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, and one brother, Wade Atkins.

Per Brian's request, cremation rites were accorded.

A memorial service will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin, with Rev. Gary Darnell officiating.

Friends may call from 5 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Everyone in attendance is required to wear a mask and asked to use social distancing guidelines.

Friends are invited to make memorials to the family, which will be accepted at the funeral home.

For additional information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit

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