Billy J. Atkins of St. Petersburg, FL passed away on January 1, 2019 after a short illness. He was a long time resident of St. Petersburg, and he served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1946 to 1949. He went on to join the St. Pete Police Department in 1952 and retired in 1972 at the rank of Captain. He went on to teach at the Police Academy, he worked as Head of Security at Jack Eckerd Corporation and then to Venice Florida as assistant Chief of Police, He worked in security at Eckerd College and the Masonic home of St. Pete. Billy’s work life was doing the work he loved. Being a Police Officer was really all he knew. He was a terrific Dad who loved his children and grandchildren. Billy was married twice, first to Emily Ione Carver, and then to Bonnie Quail. Billy is survived by three children. Dr. Dennis W. Atkins of Huntsville, AL, Joy A. Yarosz of St. Petersburg, and Jennifer Q. Atkins of St. Petersburg, his sister, Carolyn Atkins Lloyd, Burlington, NC. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Cheyenne Yarosz of St. Petersburg, Addie Atkins, Bella Brand, Brooklyn Brand, and Calum Atkins of Denton, TX, and Billy, Mathew, Andrew, Mark, Emily and Lindsay Atkins.