Retired huntsman James L. Atkins passed away June 25, 2013 at his home in Amissville, VA. Born in Rappahannock County, he became a farmer and horse trainer and drove for a trucking company before owning and operating a construction company. He hunted hounds for Old Dominion Hounds, Dr. Gable, Piedmont Fox Hounds, and Warrenton Hunt. Jim was known far and wide as a hound judge and as a true gentleman and friend. He mentored numerous people involved in hunting, gladly sharing his years of knowledge and experience.
Jim’s love for his family, friends, hunting and the country life will not be forgotten. In thanks for the many years of happiness he gave to the hunting community, Old Dominion Hounds organized and held a trail ride and tailgate in honor of and in celebration of Jim’s life, and many shared fond memories of the kind and brave man who knew his craft supremely well. Jim is survived by his wife, four children and five grandchildren, in addition to his three siblings.
Memorial contributions may be made to the MFHA Staff Benefit Foundation, P.O. Box 363, Millwood VA 22646 or to Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O. Box 1715, Culpeper, VA 22701.