Memorial services for William Hudson Atkinson MD, 70, of Wills Point, were held Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Russell Memorial United Methodist Church in Wills Point. Services were under the direction of Hiett’s Ly-brand Funeral Home. He passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Tyler.
He was born July 29, 1948, in Fort Worth to parents, William Thomas Atkinson, Jr. and Margaret Georgia Walton.
He was raised in Fort Worth where he attended and graduated from Arlington Heights High School. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louis. and medical school at Southwestern University in Georgetown.
He served his internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and his residency at Methodist Hospital in Dallas to become a general and vascular surgeon.
He moved to Waxahachie in 1979 where he joined the medical staff at W.C. Tenery Community Hospital (later renamed Baylor Scott and White) while also opening his own private practice there.
He would remain in Waxahachie until 1990, when he moved to Wills Point to take up the position as Head of the ER at the Renaissance Hospital in Terrell. In 1992, he left the Terrell hospital and opened his medical practice in Wills Point where he worked until his retirement in 2010.
He was a member of Russell Memorial United Methodist Church in Wills Point and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waxahachie before that.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Margaret Atkinson.
He is survived by his son, William Thomas Atkinson III of Waxahachie and sister, Margaret Dianne Atkinson Bruner, as well as her husband, John David Bruner, of Fort Worth.