Rose Mary Atkinson

Rose Mary Atkinson

May 24, 1941 – February 20, 2021

ZEBULON – Rose Mary Atkinson, 79, passed away on Saturday. She was born in Johnston County to the late Leonard and Mary Wall Bunn. She worked as a manager at Glaxo Smith Kline in Zebulon. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Theron Edwin Atkinson, Jr. and brother, Sandy Bunn.

Funeral Service 3pm, Monday, Corinth Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. MASKS ARE REQUIRED.

She is survived by her children, Tad Atkinson (Renee), Barry Atkinson (Christi) and Tracey Brooks (Brandon) and grandchildren, Carson and Jack Brooks, Chase, Emmi and Jessie Atkinson and Kristen Sherron.

Visitation 6-7:30pm, Sunday, Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third Street, Wendell. MASKS ARE REQUIRED.


  • William / Tracey Edmonds Posted February 20, 2021 7:38 pm

    Tracey very sorry to hear about your mom, Remember all the great memories to help bring a smile….Take Care. William and Tracey Edmonds.

  • Carolyn Long Posted February 20, 2021 8:26 pm

    So glad I got to know her. She is at home now with our Lord. My Deepest Condolences to the family. ✝️✝️✝️

  • Harry&Jackie Chamblee Posted February 20, 2021 8:41 pm

    So sorry about your mom, always enjoyed being with her. Our prayers and love to you all..

  • Marica Adams Posted February 20, 2021 9:17 pm

    My condolences to the family! Mrs. Rose was my manager for me and my husband in 1999 at glaxo . She was a good woman to everybody. She will be missed.

  • Bob Williams Posted February 20, 2021 10:58 pm

    Condolences to.the family of Barry Atkinson from.the family of Bob and Maryann Williams. May your mother rest in peace in the glorious presence of our lord. Her memories will be written forever on the tablets of life and kept in the hearts and minds of her loved ones.

  • Harper Hillman House III Posted February 21, 2021 1:45 am

    So Sorry to hear of Dear Aunt Rose. I’m in California visiting my new grandson so I can’t be there my heart goes out to youall

  • MICHAEL CREECH Posted February 21, 2021 8:54 am

    Tad, Tracy, and Barry, sorry for the loss of your mother (Aunt Rose). I know that she will be missed dearly. She was a sweet lady. Love yall. Michael Creech.

  • Kim Strickland Setzer Posted February 21, 2021 10:24 am

    Tad, Barry, and Tracey. I am so terribly sorry to hear about the loss of your mother… My prayers are with you all…. Kim

  • Jessica Harris Posted February 21, 2021 1:38 pm

    I was so saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs. Rose. She was my supervisor during my time at GSK and was so kind, caring, and always helpful and happy. Praying for each of you during this time.

  • Michael and Jane Layden Posted February 21, 2021 1:58 pm

    We are so very sorry for the loss of your Mother, Rose was always so sweet to be around. We worked with her for many years and enjoyed the time with her. Prayers go out for the family.

  • Katherine and Johnny Brooks Posted February 21, 2021 5:56 pm

    To all of Miss Rose’s famil,y, a sincere prayer for each of you. She will be missed and remembered by many.

  • Carol Hill Posted February 21, 2021 7:33 pm

    I have such fond memories of my friend, Rose. We grew up together. We’re in church and school together.
    Tad, Barry, Tracy and family, so sorry for your loss.

  • Kathy House Dew Posted February 22, 2021 10:35 am

    I am so sorry about your loss of Rose. I am a first cousin of Edwin – his mom and my mom are sisters. I met Rose shortly before they got married, when I was only 6. She had beautiful long, wavy blond hair. She looked like a movie star to me – she was the most glamorous grownup I had ever met, so I really looked up to her. I will always admire her, especially for her sweetness. I am glad she has finished with her suffering, but so sorry that her family has to suffer her loss.

  • Bill Taylor Posted February 22, 2021 2:17 pm

    Rose and Sandy were more like brother and sister than cousins.I lived with them for several years when I was in elementary school. I will miss Rose but glad she doesn’t have to suffer any more. My condolences to her children and grand children.

  • Renee WhitleyKearney Posted February 22, 2021 3:44 pm

    Rose will always be in your hearts with the wonderful memories left with each of you. Thoughts and Prayers in the coming days, weeks, months and years to come !

  • Lloyd Murphy Posted February 22, 2021 4:54 pm

    I don’t know if you can remember me, but I was a close friend of Sandy’s. We went all the way through school and graduated together. I remember you as Billy Taylor.

  • Sue & Rex Ray Posted February 24, 2021 11:11 am

    Barry, Tracey, Tad we’re so sorry for your loss. Such a sweet lady.

  • Sylvia Thomasson Posted February 24, 2021 7:42 pm

    I just found out that Ms. Rose passed away. My condolences to the family. I haven’t seen Ms. Rose in a long time, but I’ve always liked her. She always had a nice smile and was a nice lady. God bless y’all!

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