Mr. William “Bill” Dean Atkinson, 81, of Navasota, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. He went peacefully in his sleep at his residence. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at New Hope Church, Hwy 105 E, Navasota, TX. Pastor Max Brand will officiate. Bill was born Feb. 16, 1936, in Wayfield, Kansas, to Francis and Mary Atkinson. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps as a helicopter mechanic.