Dr. Claude Cage Atkins was born September 19, 1932, in Corpus Christi, and passed away on December 26 in San Diego, California.
His parents were Claude and Zula Cage Atkins. After his parents' deaths when he was a pre-teen, he was raised in Blanco by his uncle and aunt, Charlie and Lee Whitworth.
Claude graduated from the University of Texas and received his medical degree in 1956 from Baylor University College of Medicine. He spent the majority his medical career in the US Navy, he retired in 1987 as the commanding officer of the Naval Hospital in Charleston, S,C.
Claude had two tours of duty in Vietnam during the war and was awarded the following: Navy Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Medal; Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device; Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal First Class; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Vietnam Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal.
He kept a special place in his heart for Blanco, even though his health kept him from visiting over the last several years. Blanco was never out of his memories, and it was certainly still in his accent, even 50 years after he'd moved away to begin his career and his family.
Claude married Rebecca Ramirez Atkins, in 1959.
He is survived by one daughter, Ann, and her husband, William Hackworth, of Roanoke, Va., son Douglas of Olney, Md.,; and son Kenneth and his wife, Jeanne Kennedy Atkins, of Alexandria, Va., and their children, Paige Kennedy Atkins and Claude Cage Atkins.
The memorial and interrment service arragements are still undecided.