David A. Atherton

GARDNER — David A. Atherton, 77, of Central Street, and formerly of the Athol-Orange area, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, after being stricken ill at home.

Born in Swampscott on Feb. 26, 1940, he was a son of the late Franklin M. Sr. and Neda (Stone) Atherton.

Following high school, David enlisted into the United States Army on Oct. 10, 1960, and was honorably discharged on Sept. 19, 1963. David fought for our nation in the Vietnam War.

After his time of service to our country, he attended an A.A. Allen meeting and received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He went on to bring salvation to his family.

David was married to Dolores (Gunn) for almost 20 years until her death on June 17, 2016.

David had worked at several jobs over the years.

A firm believer in the Bible, David studied it every day, reading it through completely 27 times and spreading the Word of the Lord in his travels. He is known as the man who passed out tiny bibles to all who he came in contact with. He was a Spiritual Father to many including his nephew, Bernie. He was an active member and elder of Higher Ground Ministries in Gardner.

Survivors include his stepchildren, a brother-in-law, Michael Chamberlain of Athol and his family; his church family; and many friends.

Besides his parents and wife, David was predeceased by a brother, Franklin Atherton Jr., and a sister, Beverly Chamberlain.

There are no calling hours.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m., at Higher Ground Ministries, 186 Central St., Gardner, with Pastor Jonathan Kamenski officiating.

Interment will take place on Oct. 16, at 10 a.m., in the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen St., Winchendon.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.

You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.

GARDNER — David A. Atherton, 77, of Central Street and formerly of the Athol-Orange area, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, after being stricken ill.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

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