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Ernest Welton Gowin, Sr.

January 11, 1927 ~ November 23, 2021 (age 94)

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GOWIN, Sr., Ernest W. “Junie” – 94 of Mechanicsville, VA went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 23, 2021. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 48 years, Beatrice Gowin; his son, Ernest Gowin, Jr.; his parents, Percy Gowin and Elizabeth Criddle; and a sister, Mildred Vaughan. Junie is survived by his children, Douglas Gowin (Karen), and Gloria Melfa (Jim); 8 grandchildren, Michelle Wilson, Tiffany Wilkerson (Matt), Matthew Gowin (Amanda), Michael Melfa (Jessica), Chris Melfa (Megan), Marissa Gowin, Dyllan Gowin, and Madison Gowin; 8 great-grandchildren, Coleman Mundie, Jessie Wilson, Seth Wilson, Jack Adams, Maia Melfa, Maddie Melfa, Christopher Gowin, and Delilah Melfa; 1 great-great-grandson, Tyler Mundie; and many other family and friends. Junie proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII in Okinawa, Japan. He enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, and playing golf. He was a fixture at his son’s auto shop for many years where he enjoyed just hanging out and helping deliver parts. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and he will be greatly missed. The family will receive friends from 4 – 7 pm, Thursday, December 2, 2021,  at Monaghan Funeral Home, 7300 Creighton Pkwy., Mechanicsville, VA 23111. A graveside service will be held at 11 am, Friday, December 3, 2021, at Washington Memorial Park, 6217 Memorial Drive, Sandston, VA 23150. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 

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December 2, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Monaghan Funeral Home
7300 Creighton Parkway
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
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Graveside Service
December 3, 2021

11:00 AM
Washington Memorial Park
6217 Memorial Drive
Sandston, VA 23150
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