Danny Michael Atkins, 65, of Charlottesville, Va., departed this life on Sunday, February 14, 2016.He was born on December 27, 1950, in Richmond, Va., to the late Edwin Stewart Atkins and Mary Cook Atkins.Dan was educated in public schools in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated from Douglas Freeman High School in 1969. The first in his family to attend college, he graduated second in his class from the University of Richmond in 1973 with a B.A. in History and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He interned with the Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney in 1975. One year later, upon earning a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, he passed the Virginia Bar and began as an attorney in Charlottesville. In his 40 year career in law at McClure, Callaghan & Atkins, Dan served thousands of clients. Colleagues who knew him well recall his sharp legal mind. A trustworthy and honorable man, Dan will be remembered for his kindness and generosity to others, for his keen sense of humor, and for his gentleness of spirit. He cared deeply about people, and was a man who listened and with whom you could talk safely about anything. Never far from a book, he consistently amazed family and friends with his prodigious memory, knowledge, and love of history. Dan adored his children and grandchildren and spent countless hours involved in the lives of his family. He will be missed as a little league baseball coach, as an avid supporter of WAHS cross country and track, and on the sidelines of his grandson's soccer games. He will be remembered for his spontaneous invitations to weekday lunches, and for surprising his grandchildren with gifts and trips to the toy store. Dan had a fondness for Diet Coke, Timberlake's milkshakes, his mother's fruitcake, and being on time, all of which amused his family. His countless acts of thoughtfulness will be cherished. His family will be forever grateful for the time they had with him, the many laughs and stories they shared, the wisdom he imparted, and for what he taught them: above all, to treat people fairly and with respect, to do their best no matter what, and to have the courage to do what is right. He loved his family tremendously, and they knew it. He will be greatly missed.He is survived by his son and daughter, Stewart Atkins and Chappell Atkins Turner; his three grandchildren, Will (11), Kate (9), and Andrew (5); and his sister, Donna Atkins Malone. He is also survived by his stepmother, Marge Atkins; his son-in-law, Jake Turner; his brother-in-law, Bill Malone; his niece, Mary Stewart Malone; his nephew, Cullen Malone; and his former wife, Pat Atkins Shockley, the mother of his children. His surviving aunts and uncles include Izzie Cook, Donnie and Betty Cook, Shirley Epps, and Marvin and Linda Cook.A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 High St., Charlottesville. Interment will follow at Monticello Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.Condolences may be offered to the family at teaguefuneralhome.com

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