Hunter Kay Watkins

March 6, 1997June 5, 2018
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Hunter Kay Watkins, of 2267 Hobson Road departed this life on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 being 21 years of age.

She was proceeded in death by: her grandfather: Charles Minnick Hardwick; great grandmother: Reetha Watkins and her aunt: Kimberly Ann Hardwick.

Hunter, the daughter born unto the union of Terry and Kristie Watkins, was born on March, 06, 1997 in Dunn. She was a 2015 graduate of Triton High School. She was currently attending Central Carolina University where she was only six classes away from obtaining her associates of science in nursing and she had planned to work as an RN.

Hunter loved her family beyond anything. Her little brother Cameran was the light of her life. She devoted much of her time to him, they were as close as two siblings could be. She was without a doubt her daddy's little girl and her momma's best friend. If you had asked Hunter what the meaning of life was, she would have simply said "Ohana." Because Ohana means family and family means no one gets left behind.

She enjoyed family trips that were spent at the beach or going fishing and ice cream runs with her daddy. She loved to take photographs. It didn't matter how insignificant or silly, she wanted to capture each moment in her life as she treasured each day that she was given. She had never desired to be anyone other than herself. She was complex, a lover of all things wild and funky, such as her favorite color lime green, her mustang and the movie Lilo and Stitch. She loved to cook for her family always willing to challenge herself with new and out of the ordinary recipes. She loved music, of all kinds, especially Elvis Presley or anything that would make Cameran want to boogie.

Hunter, was a old soul. She had wisdom far beyond her time. She was very responsible, she always had a plan and a back up plan or two in case the first fell through. She didn't neglect to think a few steps ahead with each decision that she made. Her parents didn't have to worry about her as she had been the perfect child, respecting them and always obeying their rules, even as far as still following her curfew at the age of 21. She had been a good kid and had developed into a vibrant, beautiful young woman who held so much promise and could have did much good had she been allowed to imprint herself on the world in the years to come. She loved to care for others, she was so selfless that she didn't even realize how far she went for everyone else. If someone was down, Hunter was there to lift them up. She possessed a certain kind of kindness that is rare, never wanting to do any harm but always looking to make someone else's life a little bit better, and that she did, every life she touched was better because they knew Hunter.

Left behind to honor Hunter's legacy are: Her parents: Terry and Kristie Watkins of Dunn; her brother: Charles Cameran Watkins of Dunn; Maternal Grandparents: Tom and Martha Wrenn; Paternal Grandparents: Jerry and Joyce Watkins; and her high school sweetheart and loving boyfriend of over five years: Dillan Ray Matthews.

You are cordially invited to a time of visitation on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Cromartie-Miller Funeral home and at other times at the home of Hunter's grandparents at 2343 Hobson Rd. in Dunn.

A funeral service to commemorate the life of Hunter Kay Watkins will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Long Branch Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church located at 1013 Long Branch Rd. in Dunn with Pastor Phil Newton officiating. Burial will follow at Harnett Devotional Gardens with: Johnny Jernigan, Dewey Jernigan, Dishon Allen, Ash Cherry, Jonothan Jernigan and Joshua Jernigan serving as pallbearers.

All arrangements are entrusted to Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed at


  • Terry Watkins, Father
  • Kristie Watkins, Mother
  • Charles Cameran Watkins, Brother
  • Charles Minnick Hardwick, Grandfather
  • Tom and Martha Wrenn, Maternal Grandparents
  • Jerry and Joyce Watkins, Paternal Grandparents
  • Reetha Watkins, Great Grandmother
  • Kimberly Ann Hardwick, Aunt
  • Dillan Ray Matthews, High School Sweetheart and Boyfriend

  • Johnny Jernigan
  • Dewey Jernigan
  • Dishon Allen
  • Ash Cherry
  • Johnothan Jernigan
  • Joshua Jernigan


  • Receiving Of Friends Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 9, 2018

Hunter Kay Watkins

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Carra Ellington

June 15, 2018

Aunt Kristie and Uncle Terry,
They say the good die young and that statement has never been more true. Hunter had a heart of gold and was very inspirational. She never cared what anyone thought but would definitely tell you what she thought. She was beautiful inside and out and I’m thankful for the times we spent together. Losing family is the hardest thing to deal with but I’m reflecting on all the times we shared, like going to the beach and sitting outside late at night stealing one of those frosty drinks from the freezer when you and mama went to bed and staying up and just talking about life. When we were in Girl Scouts together and went to Georgia was so fun, and just growing up together. She was the realest cousin ever. She knew when to put Aden and Avery in their places lol. I do know one thing for sure She loved Cameran and everyone knew they had a bond that was unbreakable. I bet Hunter is up in heaven just a grinning with her lime green sparkly shoes rubbing it in my face! I love y’all so much.
Carra Ellington

Tamika Sheats

June 9, 2018

My fondest memory of Hunter was when I along with Mrs.Wanda Fike were Cameron's teacher and teacher assistant at Harnrtt Primary. She would faithfully walk Cameron to class EVERY day, and would sit and talk with us until time for her to go to class. She was the sweetest girl with such a caring and compassionate soul. She was truly her brother's keeper! We don't always understand God's plans, but He just decided to pluck another beautiful flower for His Heavenly Garden. Love you guys and keeping you all in my prayers.

Wesley Godfrey

June 9, 2018

Words cannot express the loss I feel having lost Hunter. I had the honor of calling her my best friend for the past year and a half. I cannot express how much she meant to me or how much I will miss her. As I reflect on our friendship, I just know I was extremely blessed to have spent the last year and a half of her life with her. We had a bond from the day we met that I knew was rare and special. Hunter will forever have a place in my heart. I take solace in knowing that I was blessed to be part of her life and I will be forever grateful that our lives crossed paths. My life has forever been changed and impacted because of her. I’ll love you forever Hunter!!!
Love, Wesley

Melania Taylor

June 8, 2018

I remember when I met Hunter in high school. I hung out with a lot people but towards senior year I started to hang around my country friends more. I met hunter before this time. She is one the sweetest girls I met at Triton. It was a lot fun to gossip together and get to know her.
~We only part to meet again.
( This is a quote that has helped me and I hope it can help you as well.)


Lindy Macon

June 8, 2018

Kenzi and I were reminiscing of the days of Gospel Tabernacle afterschool and me remembering how sweet of a child Hunter was and Kenzi said that she was still that sweet, kind person that she had always been. My heart breaks for you. God Bless you through this very sad time.

Gwendolyn Glass

June 8, 2018

Words do fail at times such as thees. My heart goes out to you and yours along with big hugs and memories of your spark of light. Grateful to have witnessed such a strong love and obvious bond between a mother and her daughter. With love, Gwendolyn Glass

Danielle Meeks

June 7, 2018

To Mrs Watkins,

Sorry for your loss.


Danielle Meeks (your student)

Carolyn Stephenson

June 7, 2018

I know there are No Words that can ease the pain you all are feeling right now...I just want you to know I am truly so sorry for your loss. You are in my Prayers....

Rita Howerton

June 7, 2018

To the family and Dillon I can't believe she is gone I Loved her so much God has gained another angel 😇 RIP Huntet till we meet again 😭😪💚

Johanna Heltsley

June 7, 2018

Kristie and Terry,

I am so broken-hearted for you and your family. I will lift you all up in prayer, as only God’s Words can sufficiently comfort you during this time of such great loss. You all have my deepest sympathy.

Johanna (Jones) Heltsley



      “Give me a problem and I’ll hand you a solution.” Those who knew Hunter Kay Watkins would agree that that motto accurately described her. Hunter was a woman of great drive and a very original, independent thinker. For Hunter, no challenge was impossible, and just about any desired result was within her grasp. Hunter placed great trust in her intuition. Since that intuition generally led her in the right direction, who was she to doubt it.

      Hunter was born on March 6, 1997 at Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Terry & Kristie Watkins. Her childhood found her in Dunn, North Carolina where she matured into the independent person she eventually became.

      Hunter grew up with One. She had Cameran. Hunter could be seen as being stubborn by her siblings. It was important to her that she was perceived as “right” when it came to her part in those typical family spats. However, this quality did not over power her caring for her family. This ability to balance her family, with her need to be seen as right, helped her to develop into a young adult while enjoying many good times with her family.

      During her grade school years, Hunter was a very focused and serious student who actually enjoyed the challenge of many classroom problems. She was determined to succeed, and she drew upon her gifts of trust and perseverance to provide her with a competitive edge. While her first love might have been academics, Hunter took part in soccer, T-Ball, Cheerleading. She was a Scout. Hunter delighted in projects that required planning, critical thinking and resolution. Hunter's memorable achievements included.

      During high school, Hunter was relentless in her pursuit of learning, especially in those subject areas that really grabbed hold of her interests. It wasn't that she didn't put forth her best efforts in all classes, but if a subject really interested her, she would eagerly put forth extra effort to learn all she could. Hunter graduated from Triton High School in 2015. Her favorite class in high school was English and Science. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Miss Barefoot and Mr. Hill.

      Hunter was loyal to her friends. She found that she was most in tune with people who had similar interests and thought about things much the way that she did. Hunter sometimes had a tendency to be critical in her friendships but she was more interested in finding out what was right in a situation rather than in being mean toward others. She never intentionally set out to hurt any of her friends. Hunter was a person who challenged others to fend for themselves and to be original in their thinking and evaluation of the outside world. While growing up, some of her best friends were Journey Ruggles, Courtney Stancil and Lazhala Hodges. Later in life, she became friends with Wesley Godfrey.

      Due to Hunter's loyalty and passion for following things through to their conclusion, she found that she was a definite asset to many organizations. Once she was firmly behind a common goal, Hunter's skills became an integral part of the planning process and the success of any project. In high school, Hunter was a member of the FFA. Hunter's contributions were valued as being the “structure” person of each individual organization.

      Hunter's skepticism was visible when she found it necessary to place too much trust in one person. This was never clearer than when it was time for her to schedule a vacation or period of time away from her regular schedule. Hunter loved the research aspects of planning a trip, but the actual process of relaxing was far more difficult. Still, she did manage to enjoy some time away. Favorite vacations included the beach.

      Hunter was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Hunter's favorites was Moo. They were best friends for 2 years. Her family was rounded out by her rabbits.

       Car wreck. She is survived by her parents Terry and Kristie Watkins nad her brother Cameran Watkins. Services were held at Long Branch Church. Hunter was laid to rest in Harnett Devotional Gardens in Dunn, North Carolina.

      Hunter Kay Watkins was always drawn to what was measurable, practical and factual. She was a very competent person who expected competence from others. She could be headstrong and certain about the way things were supposed to be. She was determined in every aspect of her life and certain that she was usually right about things. She trusted her intuition over all else, even if it opposed the popular belief, and she had faith in her inner vision and speculations. She wanted to be acknowledged by others as having made a contribution to whatever she was working on. Her family and friends will miss her fierce determination, relentless innovations and analytic mind. She leaves with all those who knew her many wonderful memories.