Ernest E. ‘Ernie’ Watkins
Ernest E. ‘Ernie’ Watkins
Nov. 16, 1922 - Dec. 4, 2013
BOURBON — Ernest E. “Ernie” Watkins, 91 of Morganton, N.C., formerly of Bourbon passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
A lifelong resident of the Marshall County area, Ernie enjoyed golf, bowling, and horseshoes. Born in Marshall County on Nov. 16, 1922, he was the son of the late Henry Watkins and Catherine “Kate” Miller Watkins. Ernie was a graduate of Bourbon High School in 1941. After graduation he worked at the following; 1945 at Sponseller Construction, 1950-1968 for Parker Shell Gas Station and Plymouth Dairy, 1959-1966 served as Bourbon Township Trustee and Assessor, 1960-1963 with reorganization of the school, 1968-1988 at Triton School Corporation as Maintenance Director. He was proud of his work and accomplishments at the school. It was “impeccable”. He later worked for Ball Auction Service from 1995-2013 where he could be found helping in any way he could helping set up for sales. He was honored for his service to the school by the dedication of the Ernie Watkins Pavilion at Triton High School in 2012.
He was a charter member of Country Church of Bourbon from 1965-2010 until he and his wife moved to North Carolina. He served as the Building Director of the church.
In 1945 Ernie married “the love my life” with whom he shared 68 years, Eleanor Bailey Watkins who survives along with their children; Ernie Ann and husband Allen Metheny of Avon Park, Fla., Melody and husband Eddie Sellers of Morganton, N.C. and Fred and wife Leigh Watkins of Warsaw. Ernie was blessed with grandchildren; Eric and wife Marsha Metheny, Nicole and husband Eric Stewart, Andrea and husband Jason Frye, Autumn Carrera, Erica and husband Amon Munyaneza, and Jessica and husband John Marshall, great-grandchildren; Vince Metheny, Jacqueline Metheny, Rebecca Stewart, Rachel Stewart, Emma Robinson, Zain Frye, Estrella Esteban, Ossiel Carrera, Jose A. Esteban, Acacia Munyaneza, Keza Munyaneza and Maya Marshall. Surviving siblings include; Phyllis Blosser, Delores and husband Willard Klotz, Cleo Brown and June Ganshorn along with two sisters-in-law; Mary Evelyn Watkins and Eleanor Watkins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Theodore, Dale and Max Watkins, two infant brothers, and four sisters; Gladys Border, Jessie Danner, Hilda Strang and Glee McDonald.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 4 – 8 p.m. in The Country Church, State Road 331 North, Bourbon.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in The Country Church with Pastor David Gould of The Country Church officiating.
Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Bourbon.
Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements.
Condolences may be left at: deatonclemenfh.com.