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Death of staff member Ed Watkins

Ed Watkins, an automotive mechanic in Elon's Physical Plant department died Friday in a boating accident. Read this message from President Lambert.

Ed Watkins, a staff member in Elon's Physical Plant, died April 18.

Dear members of the Elon community,

With deep sadness, I write to inform you of the death of Ed Watkins, an auto mechanic in Elon’s Physical Plant department. Mr. Watkins died Friday evening in a boating accident at Farmer’s Lake in Caswell County. He was fishing with James Moore, an Elon groundskeeper, when their boat overturned. Mr. Moore was able to swim to safety and call 911, but Mr. Watkins drowned. Another Elon Physical Plant employee, Brian Chandler, who is a volunteer fireman, was first on the scene of the accident, but was unable to revive Mr. Watkins.

Ed is the son of Margie Watkins, a program assistant in Greek Life. He had been an Elon staff member since 2007 and was known as a dedicated worker and friendly colleague.

A Gathering of Friends in memory of Mr. Watkins will be held at 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, in the Numen Lumen Pavilion. The previously announced College Coffee event on Tuesday to recognize our Physical Plant staff will be postponed until a later date.

Those who knew Ed and would like to reach out for help in dealing with this tragedy should contact Elon’s counseling staff, which is on call throughout this weekend and can be reached through our campus dispatcher at 336.278.5555.

This tragedy touches the lives of a great many people across the campus. Please reach out to them with your support. Our prayers are with each one, and especially with the family of Ed Watkins. 

Leo M. Lambert

UPDATE:  A funeral service for Mr. Watkins will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the McClure Funeral Home Chapel in Mebane with the Rev. Robert L. Goode, officiating. Burial will follow in Alamance Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at McClure in Mebane, and other times at the residence of the family at 5017 Mebane Oaks Road, Mebane. Memorials may be sent at www.mcclurefuneralservice.net

Dan Anderson,
4/19/2014 9:25 AM