Condolences for Jesse “Gene” Watkins

Susan Mabe posted on 5/24/22

I can’t believe I didn’t get a call that you were in hospice . We talked every 2 -3 weeks and I would have been there, but maybe that’s why I didn’t get that call . I have so many memories with you . I went through your parents passing and your brother Dick when I made you go to SC and you got your brother in hospice with the help of his daughter. I know you have gone through so much in such a short time . There will always be those funny memories that I will never forget , especially the time you got the fish hook caught in your ear lobe and you told me to take the needle nose pliers and get it out no matter what . I truly wish I would of known about your memorial . Rest In Peace My Friend , I will never forget you . Susan


Chuck posted on 5/12/22

I was a friend of gene since 1995, I started at ford and worked on his line and we became good friends throughout those years. The last time I spoke with gene was sometime at the end of March 2022. When I noticed his phone was going to voicemail I knew something was not good. My condolences to the family. I'll never forget Gene, and I told him I'd be up there right behind him so keep the gate open for me. Gene was a great guy and great setup guy. I'll miss my friend, god speed my friend.


Paula Horton (Paula Johnson) posted on 5/6/22

I had talked with Gene a few months ago when he told me they had found cancer in his lung.. I've known Gene since 1969 we dated for a short time in High school went to the Senior Prom he had a good heart I seen him several times over the years traveling to Hendersonville to visit his parents he always was joking around and teasing that was just Gene Oh he could get in trouble and get in a fight faster then anyone I ever knew he use to walk all over the place in Ypsilanti a tall handsome fellow tough on the outside and soft on the inside I will miss our conversations God be with your family to comfort them....


Mike Carmony posted on 5/4/22

Rest in peace my friend, I have many great memories of our fishing and hunting adventures. The way you cared for your parents all those years after retiring from FORD MOTOR COMPANY and the way you took care of the older people in your neighborhood proved to me you were a changed man. You loved your daughters greatly throughout all the trials you endured as you worried about what would happen to them when you were gone. You were gifted athletically as evidenced in your running ability and the way you could catch a football. BUT in all the years I coached and watched football you were the only one who punted the ball BACKWARDS! Love ya and will miss our phone conversations and the way you could make me laugh. Mike Carmony