Mary Mary Father, Eddie A. Atkins Jr. Dies of Cancer, Erica Campbell Speaks Out [UPDATE]

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Mary Mary Father, Eddie A. Atkins Jr. Dies of Cancer

UPDATED on July 4, 2013:

Erica Campbell opened up to about what her father meant to her.

“It’s really hard to deal with losing my dad,” said Campbell. “He was truly the strength of our family. And even though him and my mom were not together anymore… they stood hand-and-hand and they stood side-by-side to support their children.”

Campbell expressed that she was able to learn a lot from her father, especially his strength.

“He had a lot of health issues my entire life,” she followed up. “No matter what he went through, he was a fighter. That’s what I learned. He was super hilarious and super sarcastic. He never let life take him too low. He had his low moments, but he never let life take him too low. That’s what we learned. We learned to cope with the challenges and keep it moving—that’s why we keep singing, why we keep ministering, why we keep talking to people.”

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Originally posted on Jun 27, 2013:

The sister of the gospel duo Mary Mary have lost their father to cancer. Erica and Tina Campbell have lost their father, Eddie A. Atkins Jr. who was a big influence in their lives and to their church. He was a a youth minister, a church elder, a husband and a father of eight children. reported:

Although the certain aspects of the WE Television series, ‘Mary Mary,’ suggested some unresolved issues with their father, probably resulting from his three-time divorce and remarriage to their mother, Thomasina ‘Honey’ Atkins, it’s clear that deep down they loved their father very much.

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Erica & Tina @therealmarymary tweeted:

“Thanks 4 all the kind words & prayers sent today. Our Dad was a great man, but he’s with Jesus now he taught us how to pray & trust God.” 

“Our hearts are heavy but we can rejoice knowing our father knew we Loved him RIP Elder Eddie A Atkins Jr. Rest in the arms of Jesus Daddy..”