Frank Atchison

Frank Atchison, 82, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2024, in Galveston Texas. He was born on October 23, 1941 in Maryville, Tennessee to Frank and Margaret Atchison. Frank was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend, whose life was marked by dedication, hard work, and a zest for living.

Frank graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1965 with a Bachelors Degree of Science. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and ETSU Army ROTC.

When his nation called, Frank answered by enlisting in the United States Army in 1965, beginning a distinguished four-year military career. During his service, Frank was deployed to the Dominican Republic and then to Vietnam, where he demonstrated remarkable courage and leadership in the face of adversity.

Frank’s exemplary service did not end with his military discharge from the Army. He went on to join the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). As a CIA operative, Frank returned to Vietnam, where he played a crucial role in intelligence operations.

In 1980, Frank moved his family to Corpus Christi, Texas, during the vibrant Texas oil boom. It was here that he began his career as a Landman, navigating the complexities of the oil industry with skill and determination. His journey took another turn in 1987 when he became a sales representative for Allstate Insurance, a move that would define the next chapter of his professional life.

In 1989, Frank and his family relocated to Houston, Texas. Three years later, in 1992, he opened the Frank Atchison Agency under the Allstate umbrella. Over the course of 22 successful years, Frank built his agency into a trusted and respected business, ultimately retiring and proudly passing the reins to his sons, Ryan and Taylor.

Frank’s life was rich with passions and hobbies. A devoted fan of Tennessee Football, his spirited chants of “Go Vols” were a staple of his weekends. Despite the scorching Texas summers, Frank could often be found on the golf course, reveling in the game he loved. Family time was paramount to Frank, and he cherished every moment spent with his loved ones, whether swimming, enjoying an evening sip of Jack Daniels, or attending his grandson Connor’s high school football games.

Frank leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and dedication. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Anne Atchison, sister Becky Fleenor, brother-in-law Bill Fleenor, sons Ryan Anthony Atchison and Frank Taylor Atchison III, daughters-in-law Theresa Marie Atchison and Autumn Dawn Mullen, his beloved grandson Connor Thomas Atchison, and numerous friends and family members who will forever hold him in their hearts.

A celebration of Frank’s life will be held on Saturday July 13, 2024 at 9:30am at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 18300 Upper Bay Road, Houston Texas 77058. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to Tunnel to Towers Foundation www.t2.t.org in honor of Frank’s memory.

Frank Atchison will be remembered for his remarkable career, his love for his family, and his unwavering spirit. His legacy will continue to inspire those who had the privilege of knowing him. Rest in peace, Frank. You will be deeply missed.

7 comments

  1. To Carolyn, Ryan, Theresa, Connor, Taylor, and Autumn. You are our family and are always in our hearts and thoughts. Frank was a geat man and his legacy lives on in all of you. We will always be thankful for the love he gave us and the way he always welcomed us with that wonderful smile. Love and support to all of you.
    Sandy and Lee.

    Sandy Thomas
  2. I enjoyed working with Frank about 36 years ago. Hard to believe it’s been that long. Frank was ALWAYS willing to help and support all of his colleagues. And his sense of humor was a great relief when pressure from “upstairs “ was wearing.
    I know Frank loves the Lord so we will see him again but I will miss knowing this kind and humorous man is in the world!

    Mona Bromley
  3. Frank was kind and respectful to all. It was a pleasure to know him. What a Great guy. My condolence to family and love ones.

    Kevin Loosemore
  4. Over 25 years ago, I spent one wonderful weekend with the Atchison family. I was Ryan’s buddy in Quincy, Illinois. I have fond memories of those few days when Mrs. Atchison graciously sent us plane tickets to two poor football coaches. Before we arrived, Ryan told me not to ask for steak sauce at dinner because to his father that was an insult and dinner was always followed with family talk and a sip of some Jack. Ryan’s father opened his house to me as if I was one of his sons. We are sorry for your loss and send our condolences.

    Jude Dreisbach
  5. Having such a a beautiful legacy of love and family is such an immense blessing that will never be forgotten.
    As part of your Tennessee family, I have always adored the Atchisons family.
    Love and prayers to all.

    Shirley Ann Rupert
  6. Dear Carolyn,
    My heart is heavy for you and your family. I met Frank only a few times but those visits were memorable. He deeply loved you, his sons and grandson.
    May God continue to bless all of you with His peace.

    Lynn Hagerman
    PEO sister

    Hagerman Lynn
  7. My thoughts and prayers to Carolyn and family. Richard was a wonderful man who will be missed by all who knew him. God bless you.

    Sara Jane Haehl

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