Joan G. York



Joan Gilliam York, of the Sleepy Creek Community, died Friday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center after a lengthy illness and care at home by her loving daughters. Born in Panama City, FL and raised in Valdosta, GA, she was the daughter of the late Howard & Grace Turner Gilliam and was married to the late James Ervin York. For many years she managed the Sleepy Creek Golf Pro Shop and was well known for her cooking skills and her hospitality extended to all. She was a member of Emmaus Baptist Church.
Her family will greet friends on Monday from 1-3pm at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Monday, April 16 at 3pm. at Emmaus Baptist Church Cemetery with Rudy Peedin officiating.
She is survived by her fiancé, Thomas King of Smithfield; daughters and sons-in-law, Sylvia York Fennell of Easley, SC, Wanda "Pud" York Best & Ken of Clayton, Kathy York Fischel & Spanky of Fremont, Jerri York Whitley & Ricky of Goldsboro, Cristal York Marriner & Chuck of Beaufort, & Amy York Finkler of Bonaire, GA; grandchildren, Jimmy Best, Cliff Fennell, Melissa Robinson, Valerie Cantrell, Sara Fischel, Brandon Whitley, Joanna Shafer, Abby Finkler, Trent Finkler, and Parker Marriner; and 10 great grandchildren;
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son, James E. York, Jr. and an infant daughter, Patricia Ann York, brother, Billy Gilliam, sister, Kathleen Becton, and her former fiance, Leroy Batts.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial gifts be directed to Emmaus Baptist Church Cemetery funds, 714 Emmaus Church Road, Dudley, NC 28333 or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9956.
The York Family is being served by Shumate-Faulk Funeral & Crematory, and online condolences may be sent to