He was born on Feb. 4, 1949 in Portland to Ather K. Wilson and Jimmie L. Wilson. He met Lori (Williams) Wilson in 1978 and the two were joined in marriage in 1982.
Athren attended Woodlawn Elementary, Benson and Jackson High School. He was the superintendant of Sunday school for many years at the Church of the Living God. He also served on the church usher board.
He loved to sing. He was part of the Christianaires Gospel group with his brothers and cousins. He also sang in the Staple Brothers Group as well as his church choir.
Athren was employed for Unimart Furniture Company and Miller Paint where he worked for many years. He traveled all over the country helping to revive stores in trouble.
He was preceded in death by his father Ather and sister, Sarah Cole. He leaves to mourn his mother Jimmie; brothers, Roy G. Maxie, Billy R. Maxie, Ather K. Munson and Danny C. Wilson; sister, Charlotte Y. Martin; brother in laws, David Martin Sr., and Ibrahim Cole; sister in laws, Billie J. Maxie, Lisa Maxie and Esther Munson as well as a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and many wonderful friends.
Athren passed away to rest in the arms of our God on July 28, 2011 at the young age of 52. He was a wonderful person that will truly be missed by his many friends and family members.
Arrangements entrusted to Terry Family Funeral Home. Sign Athren’s online guestbook at terryfamilyfuneralhome.com.