Mr. Howard Leroy Atkinson, age 77, of Tellico Plains, TN, and formerly of Dacula, GA, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2007. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ollie Bell Atkinson Davis; father, Harry Lee Atkinson; and brother, Charles Atkinson. He is survived by his: Sons and Daughters-in-Law: Harold Atkinson, Dacula, GA, Eric and Cindy Atkinson, Dacula, GA, Mike and Joann Atkinson, Buford, GA; Daughter and Son-in-Law: Jeannie and Chip Rutledge, Winder, GA; Grandchildren: Jennifer Atkinson, Cliff Atkinson, Mark Atkinson, Autumn Atkinson, Shannon Atkinson, Winder, GA, Justin Atkinson, Buford, GA, Kadee Rutledge, Winder, GA; Sisters and Brothers-in-Law: Joan and Donnis Tullis, Lawrenceville, GA, Marie and Glyndon Reese, Dacula, GA; Brothers and Sisters-in-Law: Larry Davis and Tina, Auburn, GA, Harlen and Doris Davis, Snellville, GA, T.R. and Ruth Davis, Lawrenceville, GA; Sister-in-Law: Dot Atkinson; Step-Sister: Hazel Lankford, Lawrenceville, GA; Several Nieces and Nephews and Cousins. Mr. Atkinson was born August 7, 1930 in Gwinnett County, GA. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was retired from Boyle-Midway with 30 years of service and was president of the Local OCAW Union for 15 years. After retirement, he lived in Tellico Plains, TN for fourteen years. He loved to fish, travel and spend time with family and friends. He was loved by his children, grandchildren, sisters and brothers. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Neil Butler officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.