Jean Nunnery King

07/25/1935 - 01/04/2021

Obituary For Jean Nunnery King

Jean Nunnery King, 85, of Swansboro passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on January 4, 2021. Born on the Batten farm in Welches Creek Township, N.C., Jean graduated from Swansboro High School in 1953. Two years later, she married Paul King, a U.S. Marine who served tours in Vietnam and Korea before finishing the remainder of his career in the civil service. She spent her career at Carolina Telephone.

Jean called Swansboro home for more than fifty years. You may have seen her walking in her neighborhood wearing her signature pink hat and windbreaker combination. She always said that the view from Wards Shore was the most beautiful in the world. Throughout her life, she remained dedicated to her family, community and church. She and Paul were charter members of the Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church. At least once a week for the past 20 years, she and her sister, Sara Wilson, spent the morning volunteering at the Hem of His Garment and enjoying lunch together after. She always put family first, and she loved her children and grandchildren unconditionally. She will be remembered most for her selflessness and independence as well as for her secret recipes for fried chicken and “chewies.”

She is preceded in death by her husband Paul (2000) and her son Mike (2016). Survivors include her siblings Sara Wilson of Stella, Peggie Gessner of Annapolis, MD and Jan Nunnery of Ayden, NC; her daughter Kathy Baden (Bruce) of Kernersville, N.C.; her daughter-in-law Dawn King of Frazee, MN; her grandson Ben Baden (Margaret) of Nashville, TN; grandson Jordan King, granddaughter Reanna King Gerving (Richard), and her great-grandson Ashton Gerving (all of Frazee, MN).

Jean’s family would like to offer special thanks to the staff at White Oak Medical, her hospice nurse Andrea and the amazing team at Lower Cape Fear Life Care; and her wonderful neighbors.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends should consider donating to Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church at 100 Yaupon Dr., Cape Carteret, N.C. 28584 or to the Town of Swansboro to raise money to bring more Christmas lights (and cheer) to her beloved town. You can donate to the Town of Swansboro by mailing a check to 601 W. Corbett Avenue, Swansboro, N.C. 28584. Alternatively, you can donate online at the Town of Swansboro’s website: Once on the website, choose “Online Payments” and, once you are on the payment page, select “Donations.” In the memo line for either option, please write “Christmas lights.”

Members of Jean’s immediate family are gathering for a private graveside service. Her family is planning a celebration of life event later this summer.

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I am so sorry for the loss of Mrs. King. She always waved to me as I went to work in the morning. She walked thru Swansboro and many times I would walk behind her. She was so fast! One day I told her that I had nicknamed her the rabbit. I will miss seeing her. Jamie Cushine Petani
- Jamie

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