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John Franklin "Frank" Gillikin

September 10, 1934 - December 7, 2017

John “Frank” Franklin Gillikin, 83, while surrounded by his family went to be with the Lord on December 7, 2017. Frank was born in Morehead City, North Carolina to the late Worden and Lottie Gillikin.

Frank was a family man through and through. He always gave the biggest and best hugs while telling the most elaborate and extravagant stories.  When not spending time with his family, Chief would tend to his other love, the ocean. Frank was a Merchant Mariner and retired as a NOAA Chief Marine Engineer. Frank was an accomplished Bluegrass musician who sang and gave glory and honor to his savior, Jesus Christ.

Other than his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his brother James B. Gillikin and sister Katherine Dixon.

Left to cherish Frank’s memory is his loving wife of 61 years, Ruth Gillikin; sons, John and wife Melody Gillikin and Christian and wife Shannon Gillikin; grandchildren, Jacob and wife Alexa Gillikin and Paula and husband Justin Stone; great granddaughter Amelia Grace Stone.

A memorial service will be at Suburban Christian Church officiated by Pastor Todd Haynes (5132 Bellamy Manor, Virginia Beach, VA 23464) on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM. The graveside service is tentatively set at Straits Methodist Church Cemetery (311 Straits Road, Beaufort, NC 28516) on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM.


Service Information

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm


Straits Methodist Church Cemetery

311 Straits Road
Beaufort, North Carolina 25816

Memorial Information

Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm


Suburban Christian Church

5132 Bellamy Manor Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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