Nathan Ernest Winslow

May 22, 1962 - August 6, 2023

05/22/1962 - 08/06/2023

Past Services

Celebration of Life and Legacy Gathering
Saturday August 12, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Toad Hall at Sylvan Heights Bird Park
500 Sylvan Heights Park Way
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Nathan Ernest Winslow, age 61, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, August 6, 2023.

Ernest was born May 22, 1962, to Jack Herbert and Patricia Staton Winslow in Scotland Neck. He graduated from Hobgood Academy and furthered his education at NC State University Agricultural Institute before returning to the Winslow family farm. He spent his entire life farming. Ernest had a great passion for learning about the land and soil through organics and sharing his gained knowledge with others.

Preceding him in death is his father, whom Ernest greatly admired. Ernest shared Jack’s love for the family farm, working by his side daily and carrying on the family legacy after he passed.

Ernest is survived by his daughter, Rebecca W. Williams and her husband, Evan of Scotland Neck and their son Wyatt, who affectionately knew him as “Pop”; his mother, Pat S. Winslow of Scotland Neck; one brother, Herb Winslow of Scotland Neck and two sisters, Patty W. Holt and her husband, Mike of Wilson and Sarah W. Sykes and her husband, Scott of Scotland Neck; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are special friend Stephanie Oglesby, close friends: Brent Jackson, Tom Lowe, and Greg Howland, whom he considered brothers, and a special group of college friends with whom he kept in close contact.

Ernest was a simple man and “lived by the land.” When not in the fields, you could find Ernest working in his shop, tinkering on a piece of equipment that he’d designed or researching and talking about organics and agronomics. After his stock car racing days ended, he slowed down only a bit but was always up for an outdoor adventure whether it be a ride around the farm, an occasional fishing trip or hitting the off-road trails in West Virginia. He and his daughter were the best of friends, and his most cherished time was time spent with her and her family — he was most excited to have his grandson Wyatt on the farm, enjoyed watching him grow and looked forward to teaching him anything and everything about farming. Ernest will be deeply missed but fondly remembered as a good friend and hard worker who always provided for his family.

One of his favorite sayings was, “Just another day on the farm”.

There will be a Celebration of Life and Legacy Gathering including heavy hors d’oeuvre (“his party” as Ernest called it) on Saturday, August 12, 2023, from 6:00-9:00PM at Toad Hall at Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck. Be sure to dress casual, just the way Ernest did.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Hobgood Charter School FFA, 201 S Beech Street, Hobgood, NC 27843 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service ~ Letchworth Chapel will be handling the arrangements for the Winslow family. Online condolences may be directed to the family at

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Thomas Ammons
25 days ago

I regret I had not seen or talked to Ernest much since our days at NC State in the Ag Institute. Ernest was a friend to many and he was always easy to talk with especially about farming. He always had on that crazy Mickey Mouse hat and riding that moped all over campus getting back and forth to classes. Ernest always had that big smile. Godspeed my friend.

Randy Claypoole
7 months ago

I met Ernest during his tenure as a driver in the NASCAR Goody’s DASH Series. He was laid back and fun to interact with – and a dedicated driver at the track. We always enjoyed his stories about life on the farm. May he rest in peace and may his family be assured of our thoughts and prayers.

Paul Mathews
7 months ago

May the Lord comfort the family and loved ones of Earnest and my you respond to the good shepherd’s voice(Jesus) even in this difficult and shocking event of Earnest’s passing.
I enjoyed getting to know Earnest through delivering Growers Mineral Solutions for him and the different farmers that he sold to in the area. I learned a lot from Earnest in our conversations and will miss him.

David Miller
8 months ago

Sarah & Family: We are so sorry for the passing of your brother. We are praying for you and your family. May God continue to look over each of you in the days to come.

Connie Cotten
8 months ago

I was saddened to hear the news of Ernest. I pray for comfort and peace for the family and friends as they go through this difficult time.

Tommy Stephenson
8 months ago

Mrs.Winslow, I’m so sorry to hear about Ernest. I always enjoyed our conversations when I saw him working in the fields while I was hunting.
He was a great guy and will truly be missed.

Jeff & Trish Allsbrook Wilmington, NC
8 months ago

To the Winslow family,

Please accept our condolences and sympathy for the sudden loss of Ernest. The Class of ‘81 at Hobgood Academy is a very special group and he was a big part of what made it so special. Many many fond memories with him growing up, school, and playing ball. The Winslow family has always been kind to our family as well. Gods blessing and comfort during this time.

Ira Perry
8 months ago

Ernest was a great guy who happened to be brilliant as well. I remember fondly his shop and all the projects he was working on. Very interesting to talk to about engineering, cars or anything mechanical. He will be sorely missed. RIP and God Bless.

Cindy Haskell
8 months ago

I am absolutely shocked to hear this news, as I just spoke with Ernest last week. He has always been quick to share a laugh with me when he’d said “Okay Darlin’….when can I get some “Organic Gem”…like yesterday?? His southern drawl always made me smile. God rest you Ernest, you will be missed. May you fly high with the angels. My condolences to his family.

Janey Price Nodeen
8 months ago

I am shocked and saddened that Ernest is gone, way too soon. What an amazing fun and adventuresome man Ernest was. Since childhood, no feat was too hard, complex, or risky for Ernest to undertake and conquer. Ernest accomplished anything and everything that he set his mind to. Underneath his daredevil persona, Ernest was compassionate, kind, caring, and concerned for his family and friends. Ernest broke the mold. He leaves a standard for both living life and caring for others that sets an example for me.