Ernam L. Royston

Ernam Lloyd Royston, a beloved and humble farmer and friend of many, went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 13, 2018. Ernam, 90, entered this world on January 28, 1928 in Charlotte, one of five children born to Lester and Leeta (Parr) Royston. His entire life was spent in Charlotte, graduating from Charlotte High School in 1946, and in school he was active in FFA and the band, playing baritone and French horn.  He also played violin and various other instruments. On September 20, 1947 he married Virginia Holley, and together they raised three children on the family farm. Farming was what Ernam enjoyed most, as a favorite poem stated, “I’m just a farmer, plain and simple. Not of royal birth, but rather a worker of the earth.  I know not of riches, but rather of patches on my britches.” He also worked at Eaton Intermediate Schools in maintenance for 15 years, and as a substitute rural postal carrier, but a farmer all his life.

A man of faith and lifelong member of the Crossroads United Brethren Church, Ernam enjoyed being active on the board, properties team, many church activities, and belonging to the Men’s Brotherhood. Always working behind the scene, Ernam preferred doing things without being noticed, out of the goodness of his heart and never for any thanks or recognition. His daughters lovingly recognize and remember him as a great father, and a quiet, patient, even-tempered, kind and compassionate man who was best known for his honesty and integrity in all that he did.

Ernam is survived by his daughters, Silver (Marv) Spitzley and Dawn (Dan) Hoffman; grandchildren, Autumn (Gary) Teeple, Nathan (Sarah) Spitzley, Cassondra (Casey) King, and Jason (Melissa) Hulsebos; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Sharon (Lewie) Young; and sisters-in-law, Jean Royston and Carol Holley; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Ernam was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Virginia in 2011; son, Ronald Royston; great-grandson, Ethan Teeple; sisters, Anna Mae Conley and Elaine Gray; brother, Vernon Royston. 

The family would like to thank Ernam’s extended family: his home health care providers as well as the nurses, CNAs, and entire staff that became his extended family for the last six years at Eaton Gardens.

Friends are encouraged to celebrate the life and support the family of Ernam Royston at visitation and funeral services. 

Funeral services are Saturday, November 17, at 1 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. James Kendall officiating. Visitation was Friday, November 16, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contribution be made to Crossroads United Brethren Church or Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services Activity Fund. 

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Ernam on his Tribute Page at