Florence W. Gilkeson

Florence Ann Williams Gilkeson


Florence Ann Williams Gilkeson, 81, of Laurinburg died Thursday, June 12, at Scotia Village Skilled Care facility.

A Memorial Service will be held during the morning worship service at Faith Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 22, 2014, beginning at 11:00 AM. The church's address is 2220 Elm Avenue, Laurinburg, NC.

Born June 18, 1932 in Beaufort County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Allen and Affie Hill Williams. She graduated from Washington High School in 1950 and attended East Carolina College (now University) 1951-1953 and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in l954 with a B. A. in journalism. She was a classmate of the late Charles Kuralt.

She worked as an intern part-time during summer vacations from college at the Washington Daily News, Washington, N. C. Her first journalism position after graduation was at The Laurinburg Exchange where she served as news editor, reporter, and managing editor from 1954 to 1978. She accepted a news writing position with Sam Ragan at The Pilot newspaper in Southern Pines in 1978 where she worked as government affairs writer, later as managing editor and senior writer covering county government, politics, agriculture, related subjects and miscellaneous assignments. She retired in 2012.

She married Rev. Howard Winchester Gilkeson of Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 1957. He died in 1990. The couple had no children. While married, the couple traveled extensively to Europe and the Holy Land.

She was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Laurinburg, and one of four leaders of the adult Sunday School class, a member of Christian Education Committee, Historian for Presbyterian Women and the church, and a contributor to the church newsletter.

She was also a member of the League of Women Voters of Moore County.

She is survived by a brother-in-law, James (Jim) W. Gilkeson, Jr.; nieces and nephews, James Scott Gilkeson, Julie Ritenour, David T. Gilkeson and Emily Page; great-nieces and great-nephews, James "Matt" M. Gilkeson, Jason Ritenour, J. Derick Gilkeson, Karis Ritenour, Katlyn "Becca" R. Gilkeson, James "Jamie" Gilkeson and Lucas Gilkeson.

McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium is serving the family.

Funeral Home

McDougald Funeral Home & Crematorium
305 East Church Street Laurinburg, NC 28353
(910) 276-2200

Published in The News & Observer on June 18, 2014