Marvin Douglas Atkins

Marvin Douglas Atkins Sr., 88, of Startzville, TX. died August 15th, 2018. Marvin “Buddy” Atkins, son of Augustus Floyd Atkins and Lottie Pollard Atkins of Ingleside, TX, passed away on August 15th at his home, “the hill”, in Startzville, TX. He is survived by his son, Dr. Marvin Douglas Atkins Jr and wife Dr. Kimberly Ann Pilkinton of Bellaire, Texas and their children Aidan, Emily, Lauren and Caroline. He is also survived by his daughter, Amanda Mary Bordenave-Gassedat and husband Philippe of Toulouse, France and their children Christian, Jerome, Cameron, Noemie, and Charlotte. He is survived by his older sister, MaRee Waters of San Antonio, Texas. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Augustus Floyd “Red” Atkins, Jr and sisters, Janice Ruth Cox and Lois Aldeen “Sissy” Loftin. Marvin served in the US Army during the Korean War as a military Police officer from 1951-1953. He attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock pursuing a degree in Petroleum Engineering and worked for several oil companies around the world. He worked and lived in the North Sea of Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Nova Scotia, Borneo, New Guinea and off the coast of Angola, Africa. He married Adele Mary Furze while working in Australia. They lived in Sydney, Australia, Aberdeen, Scotland, Halifax, Nova Scotia Dallas, Texas and Corpus Christi, Texas. Their two children were born in Dallas, Texas, but then moved to Sydney, Australia for a number of years before eventually returning home to Texas. They called Corpus Christi, TX home until his early retirement in 1986 due to an injury sustained while working overseas. Marvin moved to Canyon Lake, Texas in 1991 where he lived for the last 27 years. He was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and spent his time with his friends at the local VFW halls in Startzville and Canyon Lake, Texas. He was quite fond of Blue Bell ice cream, homemade Nachos and Lone Star beer. He was an excellent 42 dominoes player. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Services will be held Friday, August 31st at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Shelter #5, in San Antonio, Texas at 9:45am. A reception will follow the service for those who knew and loved him to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Wounded Warrier Project at

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