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Celeste “Les” Gribble Atkinson

STATESVILLE - Celeste “Les” Gribble Atkinson, 48, died July 15, 2019 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

She was born in Tocccoa, Georgia on April 12, 1971 to “Mike” Gribble Epperson and the late Robert Andrew Gribble

Celeste graduated from Franklin High School and Mitchell Community College. She was the administrative assistant to the director of emergency services in Alexander County. 

Celeste never met a stranger and was always smiling and happy. She loved being outdoors and enjoyed kayaking, hiking, four-wheeling and traveling. She also had a love for art and animals. Celeste loved antique trains and cars, and often said chrome was her favorite color. 

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sister, Frankie O’Harrow; fiancé,  Rodney Pope; a stepson, Alex Atkinson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your local volunteer fire department.

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