Memphis deacon hit by truck in church parking lot dies - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis deacon hit by truck in church parking lot dies

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A beloved Catholic deacon who was struck by a vehicle over two weeks ago died from his injuries Sunday morning.

Deacon Bob Atkins, 68, was struck by an out-of-control pick-up truck in the parking lot of St. Augustine Catholic Church.

The truck's driver was an elderly man whose relatives said he was partially paralyzed and should not have been driving.

Father John Geaney of St. Augustine says Atkins' death is a tremendous blow to so many in the community.

"Well, I describe it as saying my right arm and left arm, ministerally, have just passed on to the lord. So, Bob was a man of immense faith and was totally involved in this parish," he said. "So, it was a little bit like going into a forest and taking one of the trees out. He was that much a part of everything that we did."
  

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