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Betty "Boots" Emily Thomas Atkinson

November 18, 1938 ~ November 2, 2022 (age 83)


Betty “Boots” Emily Thomas Atkinson, age 83, of Moncure, died Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at the SECU UNC Hospice House.

Boots was born in Chatham County on November 18, 1938, to the late Joseph Arthur Thomas and Mattie Poe Thomas. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Earl Thomas, sister-in-law Etta Thomas, and brother-in-law Marcus Clark.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Donald “Don” Atkinson, two sons, Donald M. Atkinson, II and wife Judy of Yucaipa, California, Thomas Atkinson and wife Cheri of Pleasant Garden, NC, two daughters, Martha Hein and husband Art of Matthews, NC, Kendra Riggsbee and husband Mark of Moncure, one brother, Joseph Arthur Thomas, Jr., of Pittsboro, two sisters, Valinda Thomas and husband James of Moncure, Cornelia Clark of Apex, ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held, Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 11AM at Gum Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Howard Dewitt and Rev. Ray Gooch presiding. The family will receive friends following the memorial service in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made in Boots’ memory to Gum Springs Baptist Church 227 Gum Springs Church Road Moncure, NC 27559 or SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan UNC Hospice House 100 Roundtree Way Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Condolences may be made at

Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Atkinson family.


Memorial Service
November 12, 2022

11:00 AM
Gum Springs Baptist Church
227 Gum Springs Church Road
Moncure, NC 27559

Visitation Following Service

Gum Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
227 Gum Springs Road
Moncure, NC 27559


Gum Springs Baptist Church
227 Gum Springs Church Rd., Moncure NC 27559

SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care
UNC Foundation, ATTN: Tina, 123 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill NC 27516

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