Waiting for Billy

Proud Dad & Daughter: Dawn Kamen and Billy Atkins.A year ago, my best friend, Billy Atkins was called home. Rarely does a day go by without thinking of him and it’s still hard to believe he’s gone from our world. I loved him like a brother and I miss him deeply. I know he rests in a better place and one day; we will meet again.

Billy was a husband, father, businessman and musician. He was well liked and would give the shirt off his back to help a friend. In our younger days, he would chauffeur me around the countryside until I was sober enough to drive. We would listen to music and talk. I miss those talks.

Both our hearts were in the same place talking about right verses wrong, honesty and our beliefs. We had a lot in common.

I learned at his funeral service that Billy and his wife, Michelle, donated the funding needed to excavate a well for his cousin’s wonderful orphanage program overseas- Sending Hope International. The program rescues children from the sex slave trade and provides hope. The water used to quench those thirsty children will always be a gift from Billy and MichelleAtkins.Their generosity touches lives daily and is truly something meaningful!

When Billy and I were single, I recall him always being the last to be ready. Whenever a group of us were going somewhere, we always waited for him. We did so because, we knew it wouldn’t be the same without him.

But the day Billy was called home, I believe he was ready.

About a week before his passing he sent me a message and told me how proud he was of me. In 40 years of friendship, he neveruttered those words. It was almost like a parting message; as if he knew his time was short.

Billy’s life was a song of epic and majestic proportions. The melody was his good cheer and the chorus was his big heart. The progression of his life was a gift and his chords to us. His finale brought us to tears.

Now- he is waiting on us.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle Atkins, Dawn Kamen and their families, relatives and friends!


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Jim Carver About Jim Carver

Jim Carver is the President of The Rust Belt Chronicles.

In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.


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