Ira W. Atkinson, Jr. died Monday, May 20, 2013, in the presence of his family, following a long fight with cancer.
He was born Nov. 22, 1943, in Parkersburg, W.Va., a son of Helen Whitehead and Ira W. Atkinson, Sr. A proud graduate of the Parkersburg High School class of 1961, where he was a member of A Cappella Choir. After a four year stint in the Air Force, including time in the Vietnam conflict, Ira graduated in 1971 with an AB in Education from his beloved West Virginia University. After college he was director of the first Democratic Youth Camp. Politics always Ira's passion, once made Ira the youngest mayor in West Virginia. Ira was elected in 1976 with the first group of magistrates in Wood County. Recently he was owner-operator of Atkinson Bonding. Ira was a member of Masonic Lodge #169 and a Shriner. Music, gardening, sports of all types (especially the Mountaineer football and basketball teams), and puzzles were his hobbies. Loving the United States of America and his family filled his life. People who knew him will remember his booming voice, hearty laugh and Ira's ability to speak his view point clearly and loudly.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Georgiana Fantasia Atkinson; two children, Andy and Carmella Maria (Christopher) Snodgrass; and loving grandfather to Wyatt and Natalie. He is survived by one brother, Jack Atkinson (Dottie); two sisters, Tillie Anne Roush and Nancy (Gene) Davis; brother-in-law, Nick (Beth) Fantasia; and sister-in-law, Rosemary, Gina (Drew Capuder), Annette Fantasia; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a nephew; and a sister-in-law, Nicolena Fantasia.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Reverend Mark Houser officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 15 and Masonic Rites by Parkersburg Masonic Lodge #169. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, and one hour prior to the service Friday.