On Friday, September 25, 2020, God took one of his angels. John was tired and ready to meet his Creator. John was born on April 26, 1955 to Mellisia M. Atkins and Waverly Atkins in the city of Portsmouth and raised in Newtown. John was also blessed to have a loving step-father, Robert Brown, who helped raise him. John attended school in Portsmouth Public Portsmouth System. John held jobs at Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Naval Hospital Portsmouth (Dietitian).
John is survived by one son, John Johnson; one two great-grandchildren; sisters, Fannie Savage, Carolyn Parker, Diane Weal (Brodie), Phyllis Spraggin of Portsmouth, VA, Laverne Atkins of Chesapeake, VA, Charlotte Cornell of Newport News, VA; brothers, Waverly Atkins of Alexandria, VA and Tony Atkins of Portsmouth, VA. John was predeceased by his father, Waverly Atkins; mother, Mellisia Atkins; step-father, Robert Brown; brothers, Cephas Atkins, Sidney Atkins, Joseph (Tank) Atkins; sisters, Joyce Atkins; and daughter, Johnetta Atkins.