Mount Vernon News
  • Rita Ann Atwell

  • October 11, 2010

CENTERBURG — Rita Ann Atwell, 60, of Rich Hill Road, Centerburg, went to be with her heavenly father on Oct. 10, 2010, surrounded by her loving family.

Born June 2, 1950, in West Virginia to Junior and Beatrice Smith. Rita loved life and enjoyed her family and loved touching peoples’ lives. Her baby Raymond took care of Rita until her passing.

Survived by mother, Beatrice Strickland of Rich Hill; children, Peanut Sweeney of Kentucky, Lisa Sweeney of Mount Vernon, Bobbi Jo (Lonnie) Strickland of Mount Vernon, baby son, Ray Atwell of Rich Hill, Ernie (Tami) Smith of Mount Vernon, Johnny (Melissa) Smith of Apple Valley, Chuckie (Theresa) Strickland of Rich Hill; sisters, Kimberly (Raymond) Kirt of Mount Gilead and Robin (Richard) Johnston of Mount Liberty; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Besides her father, Junior Smith, she was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Kenneth Strickland; husband, Ray Atwell Sr.; brother, Mike Smith; and sister, Brenda Centers. Rita also had a special canine companion, Spike, of five years, who stayed by Rita until the end.

Friends may call Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Centerburg Church of God, 4697 Columbus Road, Centerburg. Arrangements by the Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, Centerburg.

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