Bill Atkins celebrates 80th birthday with many parties
by Sally Litchfield
October 05, 2013 11:39 PM | 2085 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bill Atkins is 80 years old and still going strong! Atkins celebrated his birthday in typical style with multiple celebrations including an ice cream social with his Sunday School Class at Macland Baptist Church. Bill’s wife, Jennifer Atkins, prepared a special chocolate cake. Next, “da boys of Campbell (High School)” celebrated Atkins at their monthly meeting at Howard’s Restaurant in Smyrna with cupcakes (85 baked by Jennifer). Then he celebrated again with his “Soul Brothers” at their monthly meeting at Longhorn’s where they enjoyed fresh peach pies.

The family finally got in on the birthday action at Atkins’ home where a Mexican buffet with all the trimmings was held. Jennifer and daughters Paige Post and Stacy Yarbrough hosted the party.

Well-wishers included siblings Harriett and Gene Atkins, Charlene Atkins Gill and her husband, Bob, Ann and Gary Atkins, and Babe Atkins-Byrne and husband Bill.

Along with grandchildren Kay and Jim Moss, grandchildren Ari, Ryder and Tanner Post and their father Dan Post; Justin Yarbrough; and special guest Bill’s mother-in-law Shirley McGahan.

Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio producing children’s programming (and now a division of DreamWorks Animation), has announced the official tour dates for the fall leg of its brand-new VeggieTales Live! Happy Birthday Bob & Larry Tour. Tickets are now on sale for the production that will run in 35 cities across the country including a local show at Piedmont Church on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta.

Bob and Larry are throwing the ultimate musical birthday event and attendees can expect an unforgettable experience of dancing, sing-a-longs and familiar faces from the last 20 years of hilarious VeggieTales stories.

The must-see, one-of-a-kind celebration is filled with silly song favorites and memorable entertainment for the whole family. The tour will feature fan-favorite songs such as “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything,” “His Cheeseburger,” “I Love My Lips,” “Song of the Cebu,” “The Hairbrush Song,” “Monkey” and “God is Bigger.”

Pre-show festivities include an appearance by Cindy from the Cindy and Jimmy morning show on Star 94. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information on business sponsorships, call John Grey at the BG AD Group at (770) 874-3200. Purchase tickets at A limited number of tickets available at Piedmont Church.

The fifth grade Harrison Lady Hoya Junior basketball team is looking for a few more players to fill out its roster. Players in fourth grade are welcomed, too. Players on this team eventually play for Harrison High School. Contact Coach Steve Lenahan at (770) 853-9251.

Fashion spotlight of the week: He may be celebrating another year but he’s still young at heart and looking good — Bill Atkins of Smyrna.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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