Mr. Atkinson, 49, of Charlotte, passed away on Jan. 31, 2012.
He was born on April 26, 1962, in Rock Hill, SC, to Claude Hazelton Atkinson and Sarah Jane Jennings Vest Atkinson.
Neel graduated from Independence High School in 1980.
He married Terrie Waters on May 19, 1984, in Mint Hill.
He retired from All Interior Supply after fifteen years as a salesman.
He was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church in Mint Hill, NC.
He was an avid sports fan and in particular loved drag racing. He spent many weekends drag racing his car. Neel was a member of the 100mph club Pageland Drag Way (SC). He was a stay at home dad for the last eight years and enjoyed spending his time with his children.
Survivors include his wife of twenty-eight years, Terrie, and his three children, Elec, Emily and Eli Atkinson, all of Charlotte; his mother-in-law, Betty Waters, Charlotte; his brother, Claude Atkinson, Charlotte; his sister, Beth Atkinson, Atlanta, GA; and many uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and brother- and sisters-in-law.
His family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, from 1-3 p.m. in the chapel at the Arlington Baptist Church, 9801 Arlington Church Rd., Mint Hill, NC, followed by his funeral service in the church's Family Life Center. Dr. Steve Gandy will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
The family wishes to thank all their friends and colleagues for their love and support. Thanks as well to Hospice of Charlotte for their loving care and support. And most of all, thank you to the family for their love, help, and support over the years.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Huntington's Disease Society, NC Chapter, P.O. Box 5512, Charlotte, NC 27113.
Condolences to the family may be offered at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.