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 Lawrence 'PeeWee' Atwell was a popular Colonial Beach son. Residents came together to pay for his funeral.
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Date published: 12/8/2012


"He was just a nice, harmless local guy that everyone just knew," said Councilman Tim Curtin. "Anybody who lived in Colonial Beach for any length of time knew who he was."

Atwell moved in with Donald and Susie Foster and their four children in 1966. Atwell was Donald Foster's first cousin. Susan Foster, her two daughters and a son-in-law were with Atwell when he died in the living-room bed that family had set up for him.

At his funeral, according to Foster, a group sang Atwell's favorite song, "Rock of Ages." The preacher said Atwell no longer has to worry because he has a golden bicycle in heaven. Those gathered for the ceremony released balloons into the air afterward.

"I am sure he is in heaven riding around on his three-wheeled bike and smiling down on all of us," Massey said.

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