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Jean York

April 20, 1935 — June 5, 2020

The Staff & Management of R. Swinson Funeral Services and the York family regretfully announces the transition of 85-year-old, Jean York, of Kinston, who passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020, at Signature Healthcare.

Graveside Services will be on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 10:00 AM at Pinelawn Memorial Park.  A public visitation will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2020, from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM from the Robert Swinson, Jr. Memorial Chapel.

Due to social distancing for the COVID-19 pandemic, a public floating visitation will be limited to 10 at a time and funeral services will be limited to 50 people, which is consistent with the current recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please keep the York Family in your thoughts & prayers during these days of bereavement

Sympathy Cards & Floral Arrangements may be sent to R. Swinson Funeral Services 208 East Blount Street - Kinston, NC 28501.


Jean Ann Kirkman York was born April 20, 1935, in Lenoir County, North Carolina to the union of David Kirkman Sr., and Smithie Ann Daughety Kirkman. She was the third of eight children. Jean was married to the late John York Sr. God blessed this union with four wonderfully made children.
On Friday, June 5th, at 8:40 am at Signature Nursing Home in Kinston, NC, Jean fell asleep in Jesus Christ.

"But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
For this, we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord, Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first." Hallelujah!!!
I Thessalonians 4:13-16

Jean received her formal education from J.H. Sampson Elementary School and Adkin High School in Kinston, NC. She was a committed wife and very protective mother of her children and especially her grandchild, Christina York. Jean overcome many obstacles in Life; however, God's eyes were always on her. He preserved her goings and comings.
Jean invited Jesus into her heart at a young age at Hickory Grove Church of Christ Disciples of Christ in Kinston, NC. Later years, she joined Greater Victory Apostolic Church in Snow Hill, NC. She was a staunch defender of her faith.
Left to cherish Jean's beloved memory are her children, Linda Dargan, Regina York, Lisha York, John York Jr.; her five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; sisters, Christine K. Carraway (Hubert), Minnie L. Waters; brothers Elmer Kirkman (Margaret), and Clarence E. Kirkman (Velma).

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, June 11, 2020

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Robert Swinson Jr. Memorial Chapel

208 E Blount St, Kinston, NC 28501

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Graveside Service

Friday, June 12, 2020

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Pinelawn Memorial Park

4488 US-70, Kinston, NC 28504

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