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Naomi Gurkin Lilley

December 17, 1920 ~ October 15, 2020 (age 99)

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Swansboro- Naomi Gurkin Lilley, 99, passed away, Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Vidant Edgecombe.  She was born December 17, 1920 in Beaufort County, NC a daughter to the late, John Taylor and Katie Hassel Gurkin. 

A funeral service will be Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home-Swansboro with minister Craig Hearne officiating burial will follow at Ward Cemetery in Swansboro.  The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6-8 at Jones Funeral Home-Swansboro.

Naomi was full of compassion and loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  She loved her family dearly and always enjoyed time spent with them. Her home was always open to everyone, especially her church and military families.  Earlier in life, she worked in the Onslow County School System as a cafeteria worker at Swansboro High School.

She is survived by daughter, Judy Bennett (Bob) of Grassy Creek, NC;  daughters-in-law,  Margaret Lilley of Williamston, NC and Joan Lilley of Cape Carteret;  grandchildren, Norman Lilley (Teresa) of Greenville, NC, Michael Kirkman (Mary) of Hubert, Ben DeRosia (Crystal) of SC, Angie Morgan (Drew) of Cary, NC, Neal DeRosia (Lynn) of Cape Carteret, Nathan DeRosia (Eunjee) of SC, Christy Brownley (Matt) of Cape Carteret, Robin DeRosia of AL, Richard Bennett (Clara) of Gloucester, VA, Marsha Westbrook of Jamestown, VA, and Mark Madden (Telia) of Falls Church, VA;  14 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Lilley; sons, Charles Norman Lilley and Carl “Dobby” Lilley; brother, John Taylor Gurkin; and a sister, Florence Fulford.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.


October 17, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jones Funeral Home Swansboro
407 Old Hammocks Rd
Swansboro, NC 28584

Funeral Service
October 18, 2020

2:00 PM
Jones Funeral Home Swansboro
407 Old Hammocks Rd
Swansboro, NC 28584

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