Juanita Burleson Atwood, age 70, of Marion, NC, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at her residence. She was a member of Garden Creek Baptist Church for 46 years. She left behind her special companion, Peanut her dog.
She was born February 3, 1941 in Yancey County, NC to the late Olga Burleson and Bessie Honeycutt Burleson. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by a sister; Linda Burleson Edwards, and a nephew; Ricky Forbes.
Surviving is her loving husband of 57 years; Johnnie Atwood, son; Ronald Atwood, wife Lynn, of Nashville, NC, daughter; Debi Atwood, of Marion, daughter; Kimberly Atwood Swank, husband Brent of Vernal, Utah, daughter; Melissa Atwood Elliott, of Marion, daughter; Robin Atwood Replogle, husband Mike, of Boone, sister; Lillian Forbes, husband Frank, of Spruce Pine, brother; Burnette Burleson, wife Judy, of Nebo, brother; Harold Burleson, wife Linda, of Marion, sister; Brenda Sills, husband, Silas, of Marion, brother-in-law; Rodger Edwards, of Greensboro, NC.. Grandchildren; Penny Atwood, John Paul Atwood, Danielle Whaley, Jordan Harrell, Jake Elliott, Katie Replogle, Michael Replogle, Taylor Replogle, Briana Civish, and Emily Oley, and six Great-Grandchildren. Special recognition to Hospice of McDowell County; Cristi Ward, Sherry McCoyle, Jamie Cable, and Sheila McPeters.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 28, 2011 in Garden Creek Baptist Church in Marion with Rev. Coy Jeans, Rev. Allen McKinney, and Rev. Ken Burleson officiating. Burial will follow at McDowell Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday October 27, 2011 at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.