Richard Lewis Atwood, 69, Mt. Juliet, died Sunday, March 17.
Atwood was a member of Grace Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving on the U.S.S. Ordax and the U.S.S. Thornback (SS418). Mr. Atwood was a member of the VFW Post No. 1291, the American Legion Post No. 281, Voiture Locale No. 1391 and the USSVI Volunteer Base for 10 years. He retired from Western Electric/AT&T after 25 years of service. Atwood was a lifetime member of the Community Workers of America and the Telephone Pioneers. He was a member of the Mt. Juliet-West Wilson Historical Society and a volunteer at the Wilson County Archives. Atwood was the son of the late, William Franklin Atwood, Sr. and Myrtle Mae Halpin Atwood. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Jane Elizabeth Atwood Felts and Ann Frances Atwood Syvarth and brothers, William Franklin Atwood, Jr., Edwin Emmett Atwood, James Donald Atwood and Robert Turner Atwood.
He is survived by: wife of 39 years, Dixie Lee Atwood; children, Regina Carol Robinson, Andrew Thomas (Linda) Atwood, and Christopher Atwood; brother, John Wesley (Sue) Atwood, M.D.; sister, Mary Lou Atwood Scribner; grandson, Jacob Hunter Robinson.
Funeral services were Friday, March 22, at Bond Memorial Chapel with Pastor Alan Herd officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Family and friends will serve as active pallbearers.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Gideons International, the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter or the American Cancer Society.
Visitation was Thursday and until service time Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663, www.bondmemorial.com.