Fleming Wescoat Atkin, 79, of Beaufort, South Carolina, passed away after a brief illness on February 20th. Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, Fleming managed his illness with strength, grace and a quiet resolve.\n \nFleming followed his heart and spent his days doing what he loved. Never fully retired, his work colleagues were some of his best friends. Although how much work was going on is questionable, all we heard about was the fishing. His neighbors were a circle of care, support and joy around the fire pit. He enjoyed all things Georgia Southern and delighted in explaining what "GATA" meant to his then preschool grandson (much to his daughter's chagrin). Fleming was always ready to lend a hand. So many have been impacted by his kindness. In the end we are comforted by the memories of a life well lived, and the faith he drew upon throughout his life but especially in those last days.\n \nHe was a faithful husband to Gail, a devoted father to Mandy, an adoring grandfather to Sam, Lindsey and Alex, Cammie and Garrett, and a friend to so many. \n \nA graveside service will be held on Friday, February 25th at Noon at Beaufort National Cemetery.