(Franklin) – A North Carolina woman was killed Friday afternoon in an auto accident near Franklin.
According to a report issued by the Georgia State Patrol, the single-vehicle crash occurred on Jeff Davis Road near HWY 34 West around 5:00 p.m.
73-year-old Jacqulynn “Jackie” Atkisson, from Wilmington, NC was operating a red 2009 Nissan Rouge when the vehicle left the road in a curve, struck several trees and a rock before overturning.
According to family, Atkisson was accompanied by her two beloved pet dogs, Buddy and Coco. Buddy was also killed during the crash and Coco is reported to be in very serious condition at this time. (EDITOR’S NOTE: We have now learned that Coco also passed away on Saturday)
According to her granddaughter, Rebecca Wood, Atkisson was a graduate of Heard County High School as well as the daughter of Onnie Davis and the step-daughter of former Franklin Mayor Truitt Davis. Wood added that Atkisson was in town visiting but had planned to move back to Franklin soon for her final years.
Wood also shared the following message to her grandmother:
“You were an inspiration to me. You always shared your wisdom to everyone you knew. You have made a long lasting impression on many people’s lives. I will always remember your strength and ambition. You were truly happy to be home and now you never have to leave your place of comfort. We will miss and love you always. Until we meet again in Heaven, Rest in Peace.”~Rebecca Wood