Justin Atchison

Justin Atchison, avid hunter, sportsman and coach, died in a hunting accident on Nov. 10, 2018. He was 24.
Justin Allen Atchison was born Sept. 27, 1994, to Mike and Beth Atchison in Springfield. He graduated from Willard High School in 2013. Atchison played baseball and was named COC Pitcher of the Year and helped the varsity team make it to the Final Four twice with career stats of 15-1 with 5 saves. He also was the quarterback for the varsity football team. He went on to play baseball at the collegiate level for Evangel University for two years until a shoulder injury ended his playing career. At the time of his death, he was a student at Missouri State University finishing his teaching degree.
Atchison was a longtime member of Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield and was saved in January of 2009.
Atchison was head varsity assistant and pitching coach for the Willard baseball team and assistant head and offensive line coach for the Willard football team. In his free time, he assisted in teaching Hunter Safety Courses. His biggest thrill was sharing his knowledge and skill to assist rookie hunters (of all ages) to ensure the best experience.
Atchison is preceded in death by his Papa William (Bill) Muench, great-grandpa William (Bill) Askew, great-grandma Carrie Pullam, and great-great-grandma Tinnin.
Atchison is survived by his parents Michael and Elizabeth Atchison of Willard; his Irish twin sister, whom he adored, Mikayla Wilson and her husband and dear friend, Bryce Wilson of Springfield; his grandparents, Allen and Kathy Atchison of Willard, Maggie (Muench) and Len Thies of Springfield; great-grandparents Walter and Florence Atchison of Willard, and Doris Askew of Springfield; four aunts and their husbands; 11 cousins; and many extended family.
Services were at Crossway Baptist Church (2900 N. Barnes Ave in Springfield) on Nov. 17, 2018, at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends at the close of the service. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations can be made to the Justin Atchison Scholarship Fund c/o Willard Children’s Charity Fund, 500 E. Kime St, Willard, MO 65781.
 

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