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

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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