Nadine Vivian King Gillespie "Grammy"

July 5, 1947December 5, 2019
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…”

Nadine Vivian King Gillespie, 72, of Wake Forest, died peacefully at home surrounded by family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Norfolk, VA, the daughter of the late Bruce H. King and Mabel N. King. She graduated from East Carolina University in 1969 with a degree in Education and married her ‘college sweetheart’ (Tom). After marriage, her husband commissioned as an Air Force officer; they enjoyed living all over the country and even Japan over a duration of 22 years of active service. As a military wife and mother, she was the ‘backbone’ of the family. Although she endured countless moves, transitions, separations and numerous challenging situations, she was ever-present for her family with compassion, unconditional love and unwavering support. Upon retirement they settled in Raleigh, NC. She then enjoyed many years working at Ravenscroft School.

Nadine spent years of her life as an educator, but also as a stay-at-home Mom. She could often be found spending her time volunteering at her children’s school as the ‘lunch room lady’ and also as their homeroom Mom. She always volunteered to bake goods and donate items for her children’s schools and activities. Church community was important to her and she spent her time in bible study classes as well as small groups. She described herself as “someone who was quiet, but liked to have fun.” She enjoyed going to the beach and taking her children and grandchildren to the pool and local parks, as well as museums and theater. She was known for always keeping her freezer stocked with bread to feed the ducks and the trunk of her car filled with juice boxes for her grandkids. She attended every play, performance, graduation and sporting activity of her children and grandchildren and was one of their biggest ‘cheerleaders.’

Nadine will always be remembered as a loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her favorite joys in life were her children and grandchildren. She was the embodiment of unconditional love, courage, kindness and heartfelt generosity. Her love for her Lord and Savior was on display for all who were blessed to have known her. Advice she would like to pass on, “Try to be forgiving. Energy spent on hatred is wasted energy.”

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to Nadine’s care team at UNC hospitals as well as Wake County Hospice for their gentle and loving care and treatment they provided. She is survived by her mother, Mabel King, and her brothers Bruce and Patrick King; son, Thomas Brent Gillespie; daughter, Allison Gillespie King and husband, Allen; daughter, Joy Gillespie, and grandchildren: Corbin Gillespie, Cassie Gillespie, Skyler Gillespie, Liam Lasher, and Carter Gillespie.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 19 at 2:00pm at Raleigh Memorial Park. All those in attendance are requested to wear a mask and practice social distancing.


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020


Nadine Vivian King Gillespie "Grammy"

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Sherry Andersen

January 28, 2020

Dear Brent, Allison, Joy and family,

I knew Dine through your dad, whom I went to high school with in Portugal.
Knew Ross and Betty, too.

Dine & I touched base a couple times a year after your dad passed. I was checking in this week and when I got no response I was looking up Brent’s phone number when I saw this.

I am so so sorry for your loss. Losing a mom is harder than hard. Your mom was a sweetheart. Your tributes portrayed her so well.

Dine, Tom and Betty visited us in San Francisco when your dad was on R&R from Vietnam. A long time ago but good people always remain in our hearts.

Sending prayers wrapped in hugs.

Sherry Andersen
Reno, Nevada

Thomas Gillespie

December 12, 2019

Thank you for everything you did for us and for loving us unconditionally! I wouldn't be the man I am today without you! Thank you GOD, for giving us the most amazing mother and example of Christ like love! Thank you for caring for her and blessing us with many years of happiness with her after she was first diagnosed with cancer. Thank you for freeing her from her suffering and renewing her in your house! GOD, you are good! All praise to you!

Dina Swartz

December 8, 2019

I was surely blessed to have you in our family and to call you a beloved cousin. I will never forget your beautiful smile and laugh. You were a wonderful encourager and will be missed. Rest now and we will carry you in our hearts forever. Until I see you again.
Dina and Bill Swartz.

Allison King

December 7, 2019

Mom, I am so thankful that you are finally healed and in heaven. Your suffering on Earth is no longer and you lived your life with so much bravery and courage. I know you are rejoicing with Dad and family that went before you.
We were so blessed to have you in all of our lives. You are the most selfless and unconditionally loving person I have ever known. Until we meet in again in heaven... we will miss you and think of you. We love you with all of our hearts.

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