Atkisson, B.P. "Bill", a 54 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011 at home with his loving family by his side. Born in Cushing, OK, Bill was 81 when he died. He had served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Bill's passion was flying airplanes and he was a 34 year pilot for American Airlines. His leisure time was spent reading, gardening, and fishing. Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan Atkisson of Torrance, CA; daughters, Kathleen (Joe) Tokar of Fayetteville, AR and Paula Atkisson of La Verne, CA; son, Douglas (Ellen) Atkisson of Redondo Beach, CA; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eleanor and Samuel Atkisson; and daughter, Yvonne Joy Atkisson. The Memorial Service will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Saturday July 2, 2011 at 5pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Child Fund International,

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  1. Bill, you were one of the best chiefs that I ever had the pleasure to work with. You will be missed by so many of us. God speed my friend. Charlie

  2. I remember Bill for his kindness, compassion and sense of humor. It was a pleasure working with him during my years in LAX Flight Service. My heart and prayers are with all those who knew and loved Bill. Devi (Wright) Bellows Retired AA Flt Service Mgr.

  3. It was an honor and priviledge to work with Bill. Always a gentleman, with a beautiful smile. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  4. Good-bye, Bill. You will be missed, most especially by your loving family, but also by those of us who knew and flew with you. Thanks for those memorable days with AA.

  5. I was saddened to learn about Bill’s passing. He was always a delight to fly with and a true gentleman. Carol Walters Flt. Attendant – LAX

  6. It is with great sorrow I send this email with my condolences. Bill was able to make everyone feel very special. I flew with him when I first transfered to LAX and continued to be friends with him even though he became a chief pilot. I will be thinking of his whole family at this most difficult time.

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