Obituary for Edward Lawrence Watkins of Eagle Springs

Edward Lawrence Watkins, 76 of Eagle Springs, NC passed away on Friday, December 24, 2021, surrounded by his loved ones.  Formerly from Wilmington, NC, he was the owner of E&R Electrical, and a retiree of Dupont & DAK.  He served in the military with the US Air Force and the US Army Reserve.

Ed was the son of James Edward Watkins and Myrtle Garner Watkins.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Robin Saks Watkins, brother, David Watkins, and special fur babies: Tico, Beauregard, Digger, & BoBo.

Ed was a man of few words, high integrity, loyalty and who selflessly served others.  His great pleasures were time spent with family, cookouts, rebuilding cars, RV’ing, and the ‘country house’.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Watkins, daughter, Deborah (Mark) Wright, and son, Evan (Julie) Watkins; granddaughters Robin Wright and Sarah Watkins; special new family:  David (Sharon) Nall and Eric (Stacy) Nall; special kids:  Paislee, Brynleigh, Ryker, Katie, Jake and Jessica Nall; his siblings:  William ‘Shorty’ (Pam) Watkins, Steve (Rosemary) Watkins, Marie Watkins, Douglas (Susie) Watkins, Arlene (George) Futrell; sister-in-law Linda Watkins, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and fur babies:  Lucky & Louie.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 30th from 6-8pm at Boles Funeral Home—221 MacDougall Drive Seven Lakes, NC, and from 3-5pm on Sunday, January 2nd at Andrews Mortuary—1617 Market Street, Wilmington, NC.

A celebration of life will be held Monday, January 3rd at 2:00pm at the Andrews Market Street Chapel, with burial to follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens—306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, NC.

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Service arrangements are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home.

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