Emmett W. Atwater



EMMETT WILSON ATWATER was born in Jackson, Tennessee on May 15, 1918 to Griffin Atwater and Ida Hutcherson Atwater. Emmett was one of 13 siblings. All preceded Emmett in death. Emmett was a graduate of Merry High School and continued his studies at Lane College prior to moving to Evansville, IN. Emmett returned to Jackson briefly to marry his sweetheart, Thelma Smith. Together, they resided in Evansville where their 4 children were born. They lived in Evansville for sixty plus years until he and Thelma moved to Indianapolis to live with their daughters.

Four important areas of life for EMMETT:

SPIRITUAL: Long time faithful member of Line Street Church of Christ, teacher, preacher, and elder. Member of Kingsley Terrace Church of Christ since moving to Indianapolis.

PERSONAL: Living a life for Christ, loving and providing for his wife and children, rearing his children with emphasis on spiritual development and positive values, inspiring young people as a whole at Line Street Church of Christ and emphasized the importance of education.

GOALS: Encourage, and motivate others for Christ. Instrumental in acquiring land and property development for Line Street Church of Christ.

CAREER: Shipyard laborer during WWII, L&N Railroad employee, retiring after 30 years of service.

EMMETT departed this life on Tuesday, July 11 2017 at the amazing age of 99 years 1 month and 26 days. To cherish his memory, EMMETT leaves his wife, Thelma; son, Terry (Sandra); 3 daughters, Sandra Minor (James), Harolyn Torain (Stephen), and Aurore Johnson (Robert). He was also blessed with 7 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and his Kingsley Terrace Church of Christ and Line Street Church of Christ family.

EMMETT spent his final years of life residing at Hooverwood where he received exceptional care. Daily visits from his wife and children brought him much joy. His legacy of spiritual devotion to God, love for his family and mankind will always be with us and will be a continuous source of comfort and peace.

To God be the glory…

A Homegoing Service will be held on Tuesday, July 18 at 12 PM at the Kingsley Terrace Church of Christ, with visitation from 10 AM - 12 PM. Entombment will be in Washington Park North Cemetery.