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May 10, 1943 ~ September 2, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Tom Pilkington, of Raeford, NC went home to be with his Lord and Savior, while surrounded by his family on September 02, 2023, at the age of 80.
Tom was born in Johnston County, NC on May 10, 1943, to the late Luther and Myrtle Pilkington.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Raeford. He joined the US Navy after high school where he served for 4 years and 4 months. After his service in the military, he went on to work for the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission as an enforcement officer where he retired after 26 years.
He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and spending time outdoors.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Gay Pilkington; four children, Aaron Pilkington (Jessica), Byron Pilkington, Jonathan Pilkington (Mindy), and Jordana Burchett (Robert); grandchildren, Kirk Pilkington, Oliver Pilkington, and Marissa Dougherty, one great-grandchild, Ember Dougherty; and three siblings, Bobby Pilkington (Georgia), Jane Batten, and Charles “Bo” Pilkington (Denise).
A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 07, 2023, from 10-11 a.m. at the Raeford First Baptist Church.
A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tom Lee officiating.
The interment will be in the Raeford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Raeford. 333 N. Main St. Raeford, NC 28376, or the NC Wildlife Endowment Fund (252-985-8445).
Online memorials may be made on the Crumpler Funeral Home Website.