John Francis North

July 23, 1930June 30, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of John Francis North announces his passing on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the age of 87.

John was born July 23, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, son of the late Mae Jeanette Francis and John North. He was a United Sates Marine Corp veteran, serving active duty during the Korean War. While stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina, John met and married his wife of 63 years, the late Vara Lee Gore of Winnabow, North Carolina. John always volunteered in both his church and community. He served as a deacon at Winter Park Presbyterian Church and for many years volunteered in his son’s Boy Scout Troop #218 in Wilmington. Upon his retirement from Bell South Telephone Company, John and Vara Lee moved to Winnabow, North Carolina where he became a Master Gardener volunteer, enjoyed membership in Ducks Unlimited, and Brunswick County Senior Games. He was a very avid woodcarver of Songbirds and Shorebirds. John also happily shared his time and woodworking talents with his new church family at Lebanon Baptist Church.

Survivors include his children, Janet (Michael) Brown of Wilmington, North Carolina, James Michael (Robin) North, also of Wilmington, and Jeffrey Dean North of Palm Springs, California; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2:00pm Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Lebanon Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the church.

In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

John’s family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the excellent care given to him during his stay at Brookdale of Wilmington.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Burial Thursday, July 5, 2018

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Frank Lackey

July 5, 2018

I am saddened to hear of John's passing. John was a great person and coworker. Always willing to help you and one of the nicest people I have ever known.

Frank Lackey