Judge Atkinson was born in Clay County, Alabama; graduated from Clay County High School and later attended Southern Union College and University of Alabama at Birmingham where he graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education and a double Major in History and Political Science.
He is married to Sherry Machen. They have three children and four grandchildren.
He served as Talladega License Commissioner and was elected Revenue Commissioner in 1990 and was reelected in 1996.
In 2000 he was elected Probate Judge and was then reelected in 2006 and reelected again in 2012.
He loves learning and talking about the history of our area.
His hobbies include reading and gardening.